Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a medium amber color with a minimal tan head. Aroma a bit of dark fruit and some caramel. Flavor was more of the same with a bit of hops. Alcohol wasn’t right in the forefront. This was OK.
shigadeyo (2917) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5/11/2011: Shorts The Wizard Barley Wine Ale with Raisins... Aroma: Soft leafy hoppiness with some malty syrup. Appearance: Brown color with ruby highlights; thin beige crown; clear complexion. Flavor: Light caramel malt; dry raisin (dark) sweetness with a little tannin; leafy hops and a decent amount of alcohol venting through the nose. Palate: Medium-body; smooth and slightly oily, nice. Overall: Lighter than expected, but good; easy to drink.
12 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #100 for this beer.
nuplastikk (3818) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge pour at Brickhouse pre GTMW 2012. Brown-black body. Massive raisiny sweet Barleywine. All out sugary assault, no hop balance to speak of. A touch of honey, captures all sugary traits. OK, but sort of one-dimensional.
superspak (1895) - Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/18/2011. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big toffee, caramel, molasses, chocolate, raisin, prune, biscuit, toast, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart raisin, prune, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, light roast, floral, pine, and floral earthiness. Light earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, biscuit, light chocolate, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt and fruit flavors; with a fair amount of hop presence and no cloying sweetness after the finish. The raisins are a touch astringent but not bad at all. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine style. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly. A very enjoyable offering.
Mittenator (872) - Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (from notes). This one let me down. One of my favorite styles but it just didn’t come together for me. Lots of dried fruit and odd spices.
Jesterdeal (1466) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of a box of raisins, some metallic iron, and apple core. Pours deep brown with a small but thick foamy head. Taste is harsh with a tangy metal twinge which thankfully gives way to dark fruit and a nice roasty finish. Very unique but needs to be smoothed.
tmongoose (927) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours dark amber almost brown with off white head. minimal lacing on the glass. the aroma is of a barley wine style with kicks of bourbon, dark fruit (raisins) and alcohol. the flavor is of warm alcohol burn with the bourbon and fruit in the for front. wondering and thinking if you let this one age a year or so what changes will take place i have another bottle that will go in the vault for future use. the body is almost thin but yet the fruitiness of this is a bit on the strong side.
adnielsen (7557) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Not sure where i got this brew- its been sitting around at my parents house for ages. Pours a deep brown appearance with a creamy brown head. Big dark fruity, thick fig, plum, rich leathery, caramel, nutty aroma. Dark chocolate, thick and very sweet, caramel, raisin, plum, leathery flavor. Some booze but kind of a cool brew.
madmitch76 (12102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
28th July 2011
Hazy dark red - brown beer. Residual pale tan head. Light fruity nose. Light semi crisp palate. Aniseed malt with a tangy fruit undertone. A little raisin and marmalade. Trace of alcohol heat in the semi dry finish.
jgb9348 (4276) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep rich cola coloured body with a purple, violet and deep brown tint and a two centimetre thick nice rich brown head. Aroma of pungent caramel, toffee, raisins, nuts, earth and more figs than I can imagine. Medium to Full-bodied; Rich sweet flavour at first then fading to a super strong toasted malt quality with some earth, nuts, figs, metal and a little hint of spices, more on the savoury side. Aftertaste is complex, but showing more earth and pitted fruits than anything else. Overall, a good beer, not as complex and deep as most barley wines, but a nice offering and a welcome departure from most beers in this style. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle at the end of the first week with my first born child, purchased at Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 11-January-2011 for US$2.79 sampled at home in Washington on 19-October-2012, about a year and a half old just from me.
Huhzubendah (2159) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Churchkey in D.C.
The beer is dark brown, with a thick head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.
The aroma is malt forward, with caramels soaked in alcohol, and dark fruits.
The flavor is nice, with the 11% abv hidden very well. Malt driven with raisin and caramel flavors, this is a solid example of an American barleywine. The beer is sweet, making a snifter sized portion just right for me.
The feel is full bodied and pretty smooth for a double digit abv brew.
Good stuff. I would have this again.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-17-2011