SpringsLicker (3164) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear gold under a sticky mostly white head.
Light malt aroma.
Lightly sweet, no real hop presence. Not really what I call a Barleywine but maybe some kind of strong ale. But I really can’t sense the alcohol so it is very well hidden. Nice job; interesting beer.
damzz (276) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a cloudy yellow red with a white head. Nose is soft fruit. Palate is full bodied. Taste is slight toffee and oak.Ftertaste is mellow bitterness. This is 22 oz bottle with 10% ABV from Batch 2.
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle -
One of the few whiffs from Samuel Adams. I like the idea of doing a barleywine outside the proveribal "box", but it just doesn’t work very well. Aroma is light vanilla, rock-candy, light oak and some oxidized/tropical-fruit combo. Taste has a strange banana/mango angle with a strong prescence of plastic. Honey, burnt sugar and alcohol also present. Seemed like a Belgian ale combined with a barleywine and it took the lesser qualities of each style to make this beer.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"i was pretty impressed with the craftsmanship & uniqueness (as far as barleywines go) of this brew. honey, caraeml and vanilla undertones the citrusy hops (especially in the aroma) and alcohol backbone. perhaps a touch too much alcohol in this beer (i would have liked it at 10% even more). the aspects in the aroma and flavor seem to clash, then blend harmoniously together. smooth body, evident oaking. interesting and tasty beer at a decent price. I’d recommend."
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[5733-20130823] 1pt6floz bottle. Spiced grains aroma. Clear, orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Boozy orange peel fruity flavour. Full body is quite boozy. Huge wood notes are a little overpowering but the beer is so boozy it can also handle it. (7/4/7/4/15) 3.7
(Batch #2; c/o blankboy, w/ him, jercraigs, Radek Kliber, Colin)
andrewje41 (594) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft pour. Pours copper with a quick vanishing head. Juice like. Caramel and malt flavors. Drinks super easy. Very unique beer too. Very good stuff.
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - JUN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-17-12
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Poured a amber-orange color with a medium white head. The head faded fast to give a medium amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is big of biscuit with citrus and some tropical notes. There is a good presence of alcohol and some light grassy and astringent notes.
Taste – A sweet citrus and biscuit flavor greet the tongue. The citrus is largely of an orange and grapefruit nature. As the taste advances, some of the more tropical fruit flavors enter the tongue. These are of mango, pineapple, and a light banana. These start to take over the citrus flavors while the biscuit remains constant. Toward the end the alcohol that was detected in the nose comes to the tongue. This is mixed with an ever so light green/grassy flavor which with the boozy flavor, fruit and biscuit leave a nice warming feel on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is creamy and soothing while the carbonation level is on the lower side. The thickness and low carbonation allow all the fruit and boozy flavors to really be sensed by the tongue. It is very nice and appropriate for the style.
Overall – One of the easiest drinking barley wines I have ever had. It has more sweetness then the average. While the nose let on to some astringency the taste did not. It was actually a nice easy sipper.
hotstuff (4236) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated on 6-12-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a large semi-fizzy off-white head with a lengthy retention, gold transparent body, slow rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is pine, citrus, grapefruit hops and malty. The flavor is pineapple, fruity citrus hops, sweet, caramel malt, alcohol, and has a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit thin. This beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is too fruity tasting for my enjoyment and I enjoyed the aroma better than the flavor. It is a sipping beer with the high ABV.
HeadyDE (516) - 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 (18) - 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 (5521) - 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.