Ernest (6259) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy dark amber, unfiltered.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of toffee, peach, dried mango, cantaloupe, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Wow, six years since Iíve re-visited this. Still a high-3 / low-4 quality barleywine IMHO. Lovely and enticing nose (leaning towards British-styled...zero resinous hop character here, thankfully!) and quite well-balanced for the style...neither too sweet nor too bitter nor too alcoholic-tasting. Every sip beckons another, which is highly unusual for the style (at least for me, since Iím not a fan of sweet-and-boozy). Nice to see this is still solid (and/or that my tastes havenít changed to exclude it).
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Bottled. Beer is hazy dark warm brown color with a small, frothy, off-white, diminishing, mostly lasting head.<P>
The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain, caramel, biscuit; Hoppy with moderate notes of herb, resin; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Light miscellaneous note of orange zest, spicy alcohol, gingery wood.<P>The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a longish, warm, moderately bittersweet, lightly acidic finish.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is soft.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear tan, thin white lacing. Malty aroma, some floral hops too. Taste is fruity, bubblegum, big malts with a touch of oxidation. Not too much in the way of hops. Long cloying finish. Average.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gadzooks, this stuff is SWEET!
Picked up a 22-oz. bottle of this at "Susanís Fine Wines & Spirits" near the intersection of St. Francis & Cerillos Rd (highly recommended; decently priced selection of "western" brews). Pours a darker amber with eggshell head. Sweet, bready aroma. First taste is plums & maple syrup. Thereís also some glazed brown sugar in there. Surprisingly light palate for such a stout brew. Goes down easily and then clobbers you. Fun stuff.
KRock (3) - USA - JUL 13, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have tried this beer many times, and the quality can vary. When itís good- itís excellent and they seem to be getting better consistency lately. This beer has a lot of malt with just enough hops to ballance it out. It should be tasted after their lighter beers, as it is a very large beer and will drown out the flavors of their pale and wheat beers. Be careful when drinking, as it is also very high in alcohol. I suggest trying it on tap at the brewing company.
crilg (1) - Los Ranchos, New Mexico, USA - APR 7, 2006 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
unfortunalty for this one, it was followling a Full Sail Old Boardhead Barleywine. My overall comment is why DOES this taste like chicken! I truly believe they came up with the name after tasting this one... not my favorite, but as a NMíican, I will try again and also put one in deep store for later sampling!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark orange amber. Large fluffy white head. Thick malty aroma with Cascade family hops. Sweet malt and fruity flavors meld into a bitter resinous finish, without cloying. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, chewy but not sticky.
Terminus (3252) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-thanks to whaleman for sharing this bottle barleywine from NM. pours a nice ruby hue with minimal white head. Sweet, fruity, berry aroma that must have come from the mix of maris otter malts and high alpha acid hops (centennial?). sweet flavors that were somewhat cloying. Medium body. Sweetness from start to finish. The hops were there, but very hard to distinctly taste due to the huge amount of sweet malts. An ok barleywine, but needs to tone down the sweetness and raise the bitterness.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled a previous batch from draught and a new bottled batch side by side at the brewery and then sampled another bottle several days later. Rating is primarily based on the latter. Clear brassy-copper body with a fading sudsy white head that left some fair lacing. Fruity malt aroma with elements of nuts, specifically peanuts, and vanilla bean. Nutty quality in the flavor is striking. Fairly sweet, but no sense of under-attenuation. Definitely a worthwhile beer to lay down. This should dry out nicely and age well.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maybe not my favorite barleywine, but far from the bottom of the pile. With something like this that canb cellar I wish it could make it as far as the state next door. A nice treat. A little of the alcohol strength comes through, but mostly it is a well craftrd brew that blends the malt and hops nicely.