danfosha (51) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Highly concentrated flavors, thick malt, toffee, would be great with a bread pudding. Very smooth, but intense.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with quite a murky, muddy amber color. It is topped by a frothy, bright amber-tinged, tan colored head that starts out almost three-fingers in height. The aroma is quite rich and concentrated; notes of candied orange peel, brown sugar encrusted rustic bread crust, sweet orange spice cake, lychee, and murky caramelized malt (if that last makes sense). This beer really has a pronounced, sweet, candied orange aroma to it. The hops definitely are the dominant character, but there is a ton of malt underneath that just add to a very rich, chewy smelling aroma.
Quite sweet tasting and the sweet orange peel notes play quite a prominent role in the flavor as well. Thick, though not overly so; it certainly sticks to the palate, coating my mouth with caramelized malt sugars and orange zest, which slowly fades after the beer has left my mouth. The malt character here is quite rich; redolent of the afore-mentioned caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar notes and a real meaty malt character. This beer has a nice solid bitterness to it, but it is amazingly smooth; the bitterness is quite clean in the finish. Towards the finish the hops contribute a flavor that is menthol-like, resinous, not quite pine, but definitely a bit green.
This is an enjoyable brew, somehow it is not quite integrated though. At times it can be a touch disjointed; this doesnít keep it from being tasty, but I could certainly see how this could be quite a bit better. All it really may need is a little age; perhaps six months to two years may just be what this beer needs to achieve new heights.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick, clear brown with no head. Molasses, wood, caramel malt, and butterscotch in the nose. Oily mouthfeel. Taste did not live up to the nose. Caramel and bread, with some graininess and that rotten tobacco. There are far better out there.
dwyerpg (5546) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Okay, this is a case where the aroma score affects the beer in such a way as to drive up the rating unfairly. It smells wonderful, rich thick molasses. The flavor has a little caramel molasses to it, but is a little thin and shows some alcohol in patches. Really not top of the line, just something to drink and get drunk with.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 22oz bottle, thanks to footy for this extra. love the name and label. sorta belgian cartoonish. pours reddish-brown hazy with tan fluffy head. nose has phenols, grassy, wet grains, caramel, toasted biscuit, and very slight tobacco. smells like this was once a hoppy barleywine but 6-12months have faded the hops but not enough time to develop the aged malts. flavor is sweet caramel and bready notes, with yeasty, slight citrus, wet grains, awful tobacco, over ripe dark fruits. oh man the flavors arenít too friendly in this one. carb. is full. alc well hidden. perhaps fresh of with 2-4 years but at this point the flavor is whatís the word iím looking for...? bad.2.9.
1/1/08, thanks to holdenn for this but I hate it. its awful. I dont get why its rated so high. Its one of the worst of the style for me. an awful yeasty, sour bread, citrus mess. barleywine? maybe, but has nothing a good barleywine does.2.8.
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Pours a beautiful dark copper colored body under a smallish beige head that fell to a partial covering. Some sticky thick lacing. The aroma is malt dominated with notes of toffee and caramel. Some piney hops tries to balance things out. A touch of alcohol also. The flavor is pretty well in balance. Sweet toffee malt, whisked away by bitter resiny hops. A little hottness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thinner in consistency than Iíd like. Moderate fizzy carbonation is quite prickly. This was OK, but not a whole lot of depth or complexity going on.
3fourths (9107) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle thanks to FlacoAlto. Garnet in color and murky from yeast, with a tan, almost pinkish head. Nose of red apples, cinnamon, maple and bourbon, assertive and coarse red apple hop nose as well (not citrus or fruity other than these red appleds). Overhopped in my opinion. Sticky and thick palate, turning a bit frothy over the middle... tastes of semi-sweet grapes and red apples, bitter and spicy tobacco flavored yeast, turning more to bitter cedar flavored hops in the back. Reminds me of an overhopped old ale actually. Leaves the mouth peppered with red apple skins and sweet pipe tobacco, almost like the bitterness of tobacco.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
wow. this was an impressive barleywine. if it had a little more age, a little more butterscotch, and some more oak it would be a lot like Drakes BW. Anyway this one had a lot of carmel and cherry licorice flavors with some carmel, butterscotch, and raisin.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Taste-spruce, very clean PNW hops, raisin bran, raisin, maple syrup, cereal, milk, raisin, cherry, light char and smoke. A very well done barleywine. Light choclate malty powder.
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one is a big orgy of flavors. The malts and fruits dominate this one. The aroma is a big hit of toffee and caramel malts. Thereís a ton of dates, raisins and plum in the flavor. ABV is apparent but not burning. For me, this is a good representative of the style but nothing special.