HeadyDE (609) - Delaware, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep golden amber color..left a decent 1 finger head that is quite smooth with a few small bubbles...nice looking offering that has a nose of dried pineapple..sweet malt..wooden notes..mouthfeel is medium bodied with an amazingly smooth not boozy mess..nice amount of carbonation.finishes with a hoppy fruit forward presence with a slight alcohol tinge/burn in a good way..this has some imperial ipa in it mixed into the barleywine..better than anticipated..a few years on this seems to have helped things out here...
mattkorsgaard (31) - Washington, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow orange. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Sweet and smooth. Love the mild grapefruit. Hides alcohol well. A great session barleywine if there is such a thing.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated fr0m a b0mber snatched fr0m a l0cal supermarket: It p0ured a deep br0nze b0sy, clear, with a very slender head. The ar0ma was sweet pale malt, earthy h0ps, a spretzen 0f grapefruit, and... I’m n0t sure what. Sweet t0 the taste, a mild citrus bitterness, a spl0tch 0f vanilla, and a w00dy bitter finish. (N0t a sentence that. 0r this.) I was left w0ndering if I’d liked this 0r n0t, which means I’ll pr0bably try it again... which makes n0 sense, I kn0w.
DrnkMcDermott (2922) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch #2, enjoyed to celebrate my landing at least a long-term temp job, which could end up going for a while. Bought Aug. 2012. yes, looks quite blond as barley wines go. Pours a big foamy head too, straight into a small snifter. Smell is, though, kind of volatile and rubbery. I hope that is driven away as the beer gets a moment to breathe, …Okay, after a while, the volatiles have gone away. Still smells a little solventy with alcohol. Still, it has a strong taste that is expected with the style, but I think using lighter malts means you’re giving up more malt character than any other part of the beer can make up for. Especially the toasted oak, which brings in a lot of tannins, more than I’ve run across in an oak-aged beer before. Still, strong alcohol, thick malts do mean I got what I paid for, after all, at $6 a bomber, that’s Lagunitas territory. And it may get better if allowed to lay for a good long time.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 2 bottle. A clear golden body with a white head that had some retention. There was a nice presence of carbonation. Aroma had a strong vanilla quality upfront. Notes if grapefruit, citronella oak and caramelized sugar. There was also a touch of alcohol. Flavor was dominated by burnt sugar and a banana like flavor. Hops were mostly floral and there were notes of grapefruit. Alcohol was a nice warming presence in the finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
smcolw (601) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starts with a large, upwardly cascading head. Slow to dissipate. Leaves plentiful, chunky lace. The liquid is amber and clear.
Nice smell of warming alcohol and pale malts. A touch of honey in the background. Some grapefruit (hop) notes in the background.
Rich and nearly cloyingly sweet. There is enough bittering hop to bring balance to the taste. The alcohol is ever present. The swallow is an interesting blend of spicy hop and sweet unfermented malt. The aftertaste lasts a long time. I don’t taste any buttery flavors from the oak.
I think this is one of the better Barley Wines.
pras (540) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I have had this bottle for a while and was afraid to break it out. Perhaps it would have done better sitting for a while. This was a bit harsh. Aroma is of alcohol and malt. Nothing distinct, very muddy. Flavor is booze and malt, sweetness, did not match well with chocolate as one wold expect.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?)
A: Light amber with three fingers of whipped whites which falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Excellent clarity and near cobweb lace.
S: Vanilla, caramel, oak, plastic, nice hints of grapefruit and honeydew melon. Interesting nose.
T: Sweet as fuck. Wow, for such a fresh BW, this is one sugary beast, and the yeast is reminiscent of a dunkelweiss yeast. Sweet and has a ton of cereal (corn pop) flavors for me.
M: Almost too thin and flat for satisfaction. Body like a pils that’s been sitting for too long...
O: Not a very good attempt IMO at a fresh BW. Needs some hops for a blonde/american BW.
Serving type: bottle
bluejacket74 (1584) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, Batch #1, from what I’ve read this bottle is about 2 years old now. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/amber color with an inch or so frothy off-white head that stayed around for a while. There’s also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like oak, citrusy hops (pineapple, grapefruit, mango), bready and caramel malt, and some floralness. It tastes like caramel, oak, pineapple, mango, coconut, vanilla, toffee, and some earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, it’s one that I thought was better and better the longer I drank it. It’s definitely worth trying if you come across it. I’d like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future, but it does age well!
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange under a bread-white head that clings stubbornly to the sides of my glass. Swirls with a few splashes of lace while retaining a full thick head.
Boozed spiced oaked peaches, apricots, kumquats, aloe, plantains, and guava. Cumin, ginger root, and grains of paradise are sprinkled throughout. Yeasty sourdough bread – kneaded and risen but not yet baked. Greenness in the back of plantain skins and dried herbs. White pepper and oak.
While the nose was spicy, dry, and mildly sweet, the palate is another story – sweet, sticky, and borderline cloying. Like biting into yeasty sourdough bread risen but not baked (just like the nose) and drizzled with raw honey fresh from the honeycomb. Intense flavor and intense undercurrent of spicy heat. More spice along with oak on the sides. Green aloe plant and cactus in the back of each swallow. Apricots and kumquats on top.
An intense and hot brew that could very well do with some ageing to smooth out the rough edges. Also, as much as I enjoyed the individual flavors, they never quite meshed harmoniously.