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.....
60minuteman (853) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A mahogany cloudy pour with hint of red. Small level of head. Hearty aroma of hops, malt, oak, yeast and wheat. Flavor is boozy and also hearty. Very smooth figure. Pretty simple formula here but it works! The cognac of beers. Haha
Theydon_Bois (9925) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at APEX, PDX, 09/11/14.
Clear golden amber with a decent beige covering.
Nose is mellow fruits, candied fruit peel, bitter orange, hint of booze.
Taste comprises rich fruits, spice, brown sugar, dark fruit rinds.
Full body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok no frills barley wine.
DCLawyer (1553) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft->snifter. Hazy dark orange/brown with thin offwhite head. Sweet caramel malt, with bitter boozy citrus zest and pine hops. Pretty good.
kathouse (1106) - Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown with orange highlights. Thick and sticky lacing coat the glass. Body is full, sweet, with toffee and chocolate notes. Alcohol is noticeable in the dry finish.
superspak (2832) - Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage bottling, 10.75%. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, herbal, floral, grass, pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome American barleywine. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops, dark/bready malt, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"a hoppy but well balanced, full bodied barleywine. dark, yeasty, robust. i’ve had better, but this is a pretty solid effort nonetheless. i’d recommend it if they still sold it in 12 oz. bottles for a reasonable price, not $12-13 per 750. Too bad...it ain’t that good."
JHeath99 (1117) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Rookery. Pours a hazy brown with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma of fruit and caramel. Taste of caramel, some oakiness, and some vanilla.
Bulk_Carrier (2264) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a dark hazy orange color with red tints closer to the center of the beer. The head was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess gently dissipated to a mushroom cap of a film. The lacing was stringy and sticky.
The smell had a caramel boozy maltiness over top of some vanilla and a little chocolate.
The taste was mainly boozy sweet through the caramel tones.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy on my tongue. This fairly thick syrupy beer just made me sip it for as long as I could. The carbonation was decent for the style as it was pretty subdued.
Overall, decent Barleywine that seemed to have sat a bit heavier than other Barleywine I’ve had. With the lack of hops in the smell, I’d probably want to say it was closer to the English side but I didn’t get the tobacco aroma. For the price, I probably wouldn’t get it again, though it was nice to try.
Lowenbrau (2146) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
20,7 cl bottle @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo.
In short: a mild barley wine.
Pours ery hazy, copper, small off white head. Poor head retention, some lacing. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Malty, caramel aromas. Taste follows the nose, some liquoriceand liquor notes.
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bière cuivrée, trouble et couverte d’une fine écume marquant le verre d’une fine dentelle. Un riche nez de pain grillé et de biscuit au beurre. Elle est très amère, légèrement sucrée. Elle est liquoreuse, de corps baraqué, peu effervescente et se termine en une longue fin amère et aromatique.