nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Source:On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington.
Glass:10 oz snifter.
Appearance:Hazy brown pour with a thin beige head.
Aroma:Aroma is mainly of caramel and resinous hops. Hints of spice and citrus abound.
Flavor:Flavor was a sweet malt base with a solid hoppy finish and lingering presence.
Palate:Medium/full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:This didnít have as much roast in the flavor as some Black IPAs do. The overall hop presence was great, but this wasnít much more than a black colored Bigfoot (Sinamar?). Overall a very good beer, but when I heard Black Barleywine, I was expecting different and better. At the heart, this was a victim of the advertising.
Wegro (329) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours very dark, like a stout. very strong roasty malt/coffee and alcohol aroma. super thick body, wow. very malty flavor with dark fruit and toffee followed by leafy hops. the hops are all throughout but not as hoppy as i expected. not a bad thing though. semi sweet in flavor. booze is hidden pretty well but very warming and noticeable in the brain. well done but not my style, iíd prefer a more pale barleywine (iíd rather have a bigfoot). have to admit this is pretty unique though.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was from a growler from Whole Foods - Fairfax. Pours a nice black color with a small tan head. The beer smells like roasty goodness. The malts are very presnet with roasted coffee, and nutty notes. Some toffee too. This is like a stout, but says it is a black barleywine. The abv is over 10%, so it is not a session beer for me. However, the alcohol is well hidden. This is a very good beer, one that really surprised me. The hops are very present, but it make this one not too sweet for me. Nicely balanced
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lacing tan head with a cola colored body. Aromas of alcohol, lightly toasted dark bread. Flavors of dark sugar, roasted malts, pine. Finish is dry, bitter, dark, tasty.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at DGís. Dark pour, rich smooth, intense and complex malts, balanced hops. Luxurious mouthfeel, long finish with chocolate and bitterness. Very nice!
Leighton (8593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Blind Tiger, NYC. Pours deep, black-brown with a sturdy, tan head. Roasted, dark malts and earthy hops in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and at first quite roasty. With time and warmth, some dark fruits such as grape and plum come through. Full bodied with average carbonation. Finishes fruity sweet with roasty dryness. Excellent beer, very dynamic, and unlike any other Iíve had.
Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Enticingly roasty, hoppy, very lightly sweet aroma, spicy and mildly alcoholic with suggestions of earth, pine, dark brown sugar and even some very faint dark chocolate. Color of well-used motor oil with an impressive, lasting, uneven head and spectacular lacing. Flavor profile is very nicely balanced throughout, featuring plenty of roasty, darkly sweet malts and prominent, fresh, spicy, earthy hops, along with aspects of dark cocoa, toffee, peppery alcohol, prune, and some very faint espresso appearing towards the long, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is huge and warming, with copious amounts of carbonation, but lending a smooth, rich, luxurious feel and coupled with a decidedly full body. Outstanding and quite impressive overall. I would agree that this should stand up to cellar aging very well, but it almost seems a shame to think of the hops fading away over time when they are so aggressively complimentary.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark but not too viscous pour. Fluffy tan pour and spotty lace. Aroma is hops and roast. Flavor follows suite. Decent but nothing mind blowing
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Strong, blustering hop aroma, strong and surprisingly hoppy. Flavor is dark, sweet, phenolic, notes of cherry, plum, wintergreen. Very intense. There is some unwelcome roast in here from the stout.
Balazs (684) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Poured black with a beige head that reduced to a lacing one fairly quickly. Fruity aroma of plums, chocolate, burnt wood, hops, molassases. Medium dense body, low carbonation. Roasted, dry, hoppy aftertaste. Really good.