slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Ok, I’ve had a few barley wines and, for the most part, I’ve yet to be impressed. Given that none were more than a year old, I figured it would be unfair to bash the whole genere until I’d had a few aged samples. Then comes slob who sent both of these, the ’95 being bonus!
-1995 vintage- smaller bottle with different picture. Once opened the musty aroma called for closed inspection. My sniffer is a little out of wack but still the mustiness of dark fruits is obvious. No head. Aromas of dark fruits, cellers, and alcohol. Tastes great, the 120 IBU’s have obviously died down a lot. This is malty with a mouthfeel to die for... silky and milky. Wish the bottle was bigger :(
Poured a little of each at the same time. Small head but enormous compared to the ’95. Aroma was much lighter, hoppier, and generally wasn’t "dark"... still somewhat musty though. Hops are much more present in taste. There’s something like Fruit Loops to the palate. Should have been less compulsive and aged it a year longer. This one probably breaks out more like this
Aroma-7 App.-3 Flavor-6
Palate-3 Overall- 14
***2006*** ...tasted on 5/25/07.
750 ceramic bottle $14. When I "popped the cap" ;) of this pap sealed/ swing top bottle there was thick green hop resin on the inside of the black ceramic bottle. Once poured the hops fill the air & the alcoholic, almost ether-like, nose makes itself know... this hit me before the first few sips as an intrusive warning. All hundred’anfidy IBU’s hit ya’ at once but the crash is cushioned by a strong, yet FAR from balancing malt profile. There’s little bits of everything in this, but my tonge is coated w/ lupin resin. I’ve really enjoyed this bottle, the swing top let me stretch it two nights, but this beer is too young & $14 a bottle.....
Nejhleader (1167) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice mild dark aroma, has a good dark fruit taste, some malt blended well with pine hops, alcohol hidden well.
penstemon (103) - - MAR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Pours a rusty orange, with pretty much no head. Aroma of grapefruit, cooked pineapple, bread, caramel, pine, and a bit of dried fruit. Taste is bitter grapefruit (pith and all), malt, dried fruit, and an earthy herbal note. Medium mouthfeel. Finish is astringent bitterness like chewing on a citrus peel. This is tasty and intense, but seems like more of a malt-heavy DIPA than a barleywine. Hope you like grapefruit.
cbfobes (2094) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at O’Riley & Conways, apparently they were supposed to serve this in an 8oz glass, the bartender was new and poured a full 20oz glass, waaaaaaay to much of this stuff, pours a murky dark brown with a light brown head, the aroma is huge with tons of sweetness and malt, almost too much going on, the flavor has a ton of sweetness on the front end with malt and caramel with a little bit of hops in the finish, the abv isn’t hidden at all and the mouthfeel is very sticky and full, almost a chore to get through this, we ended up leaving about half in the glass when we left, just too much.
kbudd19 (365) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, 1 year old (apparently) Dark amber pour. no head but that’s how it came...so yo. Aroma is hoppy man, caramel, brown sugar..yea. Taste, sweet, fruity, big hoppy finish, no kick from the booze, Big American BW, nice!
DrSilverworm (4732) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Mostly clear, quite red color. Little off-white head. Whoa, big malt on this. First sip is a wave of toasty, spicy, tropical fruity flavors. Caramel, spicy, toffee aromas... Some earthy, lightly tropical fruity hops. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, and the sweetness that’s there is a bit cloying. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Aside from the taste (big bitter and sweetness in a not that great way), alcohol is well hidden -- no burn or bite, and minimal warmth. Seeing some of the bitter orange peel pointed out by chuckaduck. Solid one to try, but not one that I’d intentionally age (I doubt this is a super-fresh example) and repeat again to enjoy for myself.
Mudwhomper (34) - Madison, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 tiny bottle. Typical barleywine nose and appearance. Decently hoppy still with a bit of booziness and bitter taste that creeps up at the end. Thanks for aging this for me MGM liquors!
Howlader (389) - - FEB 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10oz glass at the Underground in Edmonton. Pretty good barley wine, one of Rogue’s better beers.
Triple_D (2) - Monroe, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes fuller than it smells with hints of sweet barley and a hoppy finish. On tap @ Issaquah brewhouse.
Jesterdeal (1580) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle shared with my bro. Aroma of pine, burnt malts, and brown sugar. Pours a little hazy brown with a nice white head and good carbonation. Taste is pine, rye, sold malt presence and a dry sugary finish. Clean and hoppy even after a couple years. Great barleywine.
AgentAle (330) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:rich malt aroma. ..some liquor smells present but not undesirably. Some yeast presence aswell
Taste: very hoppy taste up front with sweet dark crystal malts . Some fig and caramel notes. Some alcohol puch with high bitterness
Appearance: Clear amber body with bubbly head with good retention