kennydiaz (348) - staten island, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark clear golden color. Very skunky. I usually like golden ales and oak anything?but I couldnít get past the skunky smell and taste. Very hard to finish this beer.
cards04 (1196) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice golden with soft white head. Nice sweet aromas of honey and citrus. Flavours are sweet honey and citrus, some tropical fruit too. Bitter, piney finish. Very nice beer.
northropfrye (1708) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks cards04 for this one. Thereís a nice hoppiness to the aroma, in addition to sweet honey citrus notes. Taste is not quite as intense as the flavour but still sweet and flavourful. Quite nice.
onceblind (3190) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013. clear golden with a foamy/rocky white head. Aroma is dank hoppy with notes of grapefruit rind, greasy hippie, and earthy pine resin with a slight Belgian blonde malt undertone. Flavor was really balanced between hoppy bitterness and calming sweetness. And full bodied. Nice Belgian pale malt sweetness with a bit of dustiness and a little caramel sweetness mix with grassy and floral American hop tones and a touch of grapefruit rind to finish.
badhack (229) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I remember this being an enjoyable beer, loved the touch of pineapple and otherwise a moderately flavored beer but not in alcohol of which there is plenty. I recall a wheat taste but not mentioned on the label.
StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apparently, this beer was originally released at 11.5% A.V.B, this batch is at 10%. Although thatís not a big difference, the higher alcohol level may have helped to enhance the Oak flavor a bit. The oak taste still combines with the malts and the New Zealand hops pretty well. The alcohol presence is certainly there but itís not overbearing. As an American style Barley Wine goes, I prefer Sierra Nevadaís Big Foot, but this is actually pretty good.
MadRobin (1396) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC.
Clear, bright red-orange with off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of cloves, lemon, light fruit and sweet malt.
Taste of cloves, lemon, caramel, floral hops, oak and light pine.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation.
This beer has a nice mouthfeel, but is otherwise not very robust for a barleywine.
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adeishaqra (40) - - MAR 3, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fruit in the nose, but weak. Flat on the palate. Sticky. Not enough fruit on the tongue. Drinks more like a blonde ale...
Mittenator (872) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. I'm a big barleywine fan but this one still has training wheels. Odd, sticky and kind of bland.
maekchu (1457) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Batch 1. Maybe a year old or slightly more. Smooth floral aroma, creamy and buttery; fresh and vanilla-like oak notes, not too strong. Thick dark honey color. Rich sweet caramel and toffee / fruit emerges in mid palate: stewed peaches and pears / lots of oak and dark sugar in finish / very warming. Medium-heavy body. Vert nice, well-balanced stuff.