Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Pretty good barley wine. A little hot, but it might age well. It got better the warmer it got.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark, clear brownish amber with a small to average, tan head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy, molasses and caramel; with hints of chocolate; light to moderate resinous and citrus hops; along with grape, apple, peach cherry, maple syrup, that barley wine smell and ever so slight band-aid. The initial flavor was sweet; while the finish was rather sweet and light to moderately bitter with an average to long duration. There was caramel, molasses, maple syrup, alcohol, resinous hops, barley wine taste, a hint of chocolate, peach, raisin,caramel-coated fruit and citrus hops. Rather fruity. The medium body was a bit syrupy and sticky on the lips with fairly fizzy carbonation and a light alcoholic finish.
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber with offwhite head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, leather, yeast, spice. Flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, citrus, spice. Alcohol well hidden. Between dry and sweet. Full body with doughy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Well balanced and highly drinkable for such a high ABV beer.
williamherbert (1377) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is grainy barley husk. Sweet cherry juice. Hint of broccoli/asparagus. Just a touch "off."
The appearance is ruby red color, slushy head. Smattering of lace.
The flavor is sweet grapes atop a grainy malt. Dark ryes, a sweet grape/cranberry finish. Hop is woody and subdued. Surprisingly sweet crystal malt at the finish. Slightly puckery finish too.
The palate is a juicy, thick feel. Overall, it’s a sweet barleywine. Average but not bad. Could use a more hearty base.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Clear deep amber with a thick, rocky beige head. Aroma of sweet sugary caramel, pine resin, alcohol and some light citrus. The flavor is lots of sweet caramel malt, sugar with a light hop bitterness and a mild alcohol warming. Medium body with mild carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. Not very impressed, from the aroma I thought the hops would be more pronounced but the flavor is overly sweet and a bit plain.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle -
Last bottle of my 6 pack LongShot series. This one seemed to lack any complexity and seemed pretty much a straight shot of sweetness and alcohol. Aroma was hoppy, malty sweetness, alcohol and dark fruit. Flavor had a strong dose of acohol, brown sugar, dark fruits and more alcohol. The appearance was the best part of the beer. Beautiful deep mahogany body, crystal clear with a cream 1/2" head. Another decent, but pedestrian beer in this years LongShot.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Aroma of sweet malt and a little spice. The appearance is reddish brown and clear with no head to speak of. Taste is underwhelming, too sweet...with lots of dark fruit flavors. Palate is light for a Barleywine, but medium overall, with not much carbonation. Overall, not the best barleywine, but not a terrible on either.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark red amber with a very small white head leaving a medium amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong of alcohol and caramel malt with a bit of citrus hops. Initial taste is sweet caramel going into a bit of citrus hops with a lot of alcohol in the finish. Light-medium body. Low carbonation.
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You know, I think the style is starting to grow on me. Rich caramel color. Flavor is very thick with a dark fruit flavor and a decent alcohol backing.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours an amber color with a medium off-white head which leaves a few streaks of lacing. Aroma is caramel, light plum, and citrus hops. Taste is much the same. Hides the alcohol well and is very balanced. Solid BW.
Chalsk (1096) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber brown color with an off white soapy head. Has a dominant aroma of dark fruit (raisans). Some hints of caramel. Sweet syrupy taste with lots of malts and a sweet finish. Some subtle bitters that are overpowered by the malts. This brew stays true to the traditional bwines. However, I tend to enjoy the hoppier variety.