beerbill (3179) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin head. Underwhelming aroma of caramel, molasses and an odd earthy smell I’d rather not try too hard to identify. The flavor is in a word, harsh, with strong alcohol mixed with caramel and brown sugar. Bitter, astringent finish. This beer really explores the bottom range of what a barley wine can be.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown beer with a thin white head. Aroma is a strange mix of sweet caramel, brown malt and wet dog. Salty and quite bland without any real hoppy flavour. Boozy with a touch of toast. A touch of dry cocoa but nothing really comes together. Really shitty barley wine.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 10, 2009. Courtesy of Skyview. Black color with a thin head. Grainy aroma. More strong grains for the flavor. Finishes very soy saucy. Blah.
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I would not consider this beer a barley wine, but I don’t know what the correct classification would be. Scotch ale or strong ale, maybe? Rating it as a barley wine. Deep red/mahogany color. Barley aromas with hints of caramel.Taste is grainy, earthy, semi-sweet. Simple flavors. good alcohol burn.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a thin, bubbly, off-white head.
Smell: Aroma smelling of toasted bread crusts casually dipped in ghee with notes of caramelized grains, berries, and earthy hops.
Taste: Dark caramel and pale maltiness with a minor taste of toasted grain husks and overall medium sweetness. Surprisingly, there’s only a mild buttery taste considering this is a Shipyard product. Light berry, maybe even cherry fruitiness. Earthy, spicy, faintly citrusy hops with a medium-high bitterness. Pinch of ground barley husks in the bittersweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It just never comes together to leave me saying "man, that was some barleywine!" I’ll politely say it’s an acceptable barleywine. Don’t wanna start the new week being a Grouch Bug, y’know.
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. bottle. Unusual aroma of dark fruits and roasty malts, with lighter notes of red grape, pineapple, cola, doughy yeast, old flowers and dusty cocoa. Deep, dark red-brown color, semi-opaque, with a fine, ivory colored head. Flavor is sweet, vinous and tart, full of dark sugars, black bread, roasted grains, berryish fruit and touches of herbal hop towards the finish, which does indeed dry out to a large extent by the end, faintly earthy and astringent late as well with apparent alcohol. Gently carbonated and surprisingly light on the palate. Body is medium-full. A little disjointed, but different.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Wet barley malt aroma not much else. Deep mahagany red held to light with tan head. Alcoholic brew with some sweet molasas and what seems to be some chocolate. odd. Creamy body texture has mix of barley wine and stout odd brew.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled during MN Gathering II in Maplewood, MN, received 22-oz bomber via Secret Santa. Pours a clear dark copper brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a film top. Aroma of spiced caramel malt, some candi sugar, light toffee and some molasses. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of caramel malt, some maple, roasted nuts and brown sugar. Finish has a little gritty bite with some toffee and mild raisin aftertaste. I would give this a little more time to properly age.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 In short: A big and boring Scottish Ale trying to pass as a Barley Wine. Simplistic, sweet, extra-boring.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed soon after purchase. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Clear brown body topped by a short-lived beige head
In long: Sweet malted nose. Nose and taste is simplistic butterscotch and toffee over toasted bread and some cardboard. Light hops presence. This is somewhere between offensively boring or insultingly bad. What a rip-off selling that as a Barley Wine. And the brewer puts his picture on the bottle! A courageous man or a master in mixed-martial-arts. If I was selling bottles like that I’d put my cousin Louis picture on the label.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 Muddy dark amber pour with thin head and absolutely no lace. Sweet malty aroma not much by way of fruitiness. Thin bodied. Brown sugar, butter, hops, and caramel. Astringent finish. Not worth the 10 dollar price tag. Now Im regretting buying the imperial porter assuming it too is not up to par