HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep clear amber pour with a slight film of bubbles on top. Very sweet aroma of candy, toffee, some citrus hops. Flavor, thank god, balances out the sweetness with citrusy hops. But still, very sweet with citrus hops. Almost like that soft drink Squirt with a heavier body. I’m not even sure what to say about this. The body isn’t too big, so it’s not like typical barleywines. Medium bodies. Finishes like candy. I dont like sweet beers. This has been a tough one to get through.
Pailhead (6406) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma is very fruity (cherries and grapes) and also contains moderate citrus hops and caramel. It pours a transparent copper with a half inch off white head with decent retention and lacing. The flavor starts very fruity along with some light caramel and toffee. Citrus hops come to play in the finish, but not as much as I would have expected based on the aroma. While it’s not overly hoppy or hot, I do think a little time will allow the flavors to mesh together better. It’s full bodied with soft carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.
markas101 (2295) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Fresh hop aroma, almost minty, sweet and less hop forward than expected. Mellow finish with dark berry and port.
dwyerpg (5649) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells lightly of molasses. Looks good. The flavor is sweet up front, with a hop bite coming after. Not real hop aggressive, but nice nonetheless, just a bit on the sweet side.
thegreenrooster (4006) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is spicy with a great pine hop resin. Flavor starts out with more of a pine hop then some earthy malts follow. Finish is caramel and a little dark fruit. Not the best barley wine out there but this is a pretty good sipper. And best of the litter in this years longshot sixpack.
beeratarian (217) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber to dark orange, with a thin peach head. Aroma is sweet dried fruit an alcohol warmth though very subdued. Taste is medium and smooth, small hints of dried cherries and raisin, alcohol finishes warm. Overall slightly thin fort the style but at $1.89 a single it works nice for me. Definately a starter Barley wine, very un-offensive.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber pour with an offwhite head. ARoma is caramel, some earthy spiciness, lightly citrus hopped. Medium mouthfeel that is a bit syrupy. Flavor is rich, some spicy citrus, caramel sweetness, some dark fruit. Pretty tasty, not super complex, but a great starter Bwine.
Nephilium (1696) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A faint aroma of caramel and spice, it pours a clear red with a tight cap of off-white head. More on the English barleywine instead of American, sweet malt is the predominant flavor here. Full mouthfeel, slightly sweet finish. I think this probably fits into a realm of training wheel beers. Most people who hunt down barleywines will find this a middling example, but as an introduction to the style, it should work.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to mora2000. Pours with a small white head and a copper body. Nose is interesting before it fully opens up. I get notes of curry powder, cumin and celery root powder. Some citrusy hops and alcohol as well. Taste is caramel, alcohol and just a hint of the spice before. Maybe some earthy hops. Kind of bland for a barley wine to be real honest.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great Barleywine. Poured a darker amber color with a very small white head. Aroma was caramel and hops. Very hoppy aftertaste. Bitter beer, very good beer from a good homebrewer.