crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from Sams Beer and Wine in Carrollton... Thanks Matt
pours a deep dark black with about 3 fingers of head that keeps growing out of the glasss...
not much on the nose here at all, smells sweet, thats about it... maybe a bit of barley.
taste, whoa, this is interesting. Sweet, hoppy, barleywine flavor for sure, and then ends in a roastiness with some chocolate on the dry finish. Definitely an interesting barleywine. I like this. ABV is hidden really well, but can tell it is present.
mouthfeel is nice, and very drinkable. this is really interesting, worth a buy for sure.
Peregrinari (145) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Still not write as good as the first but definitely light years better than the train wreck that was the helles. An interesting beer I can’t define but if I has to I would call a double imperial black ipa, not a black barleywine. Aroma somewhat boozy but nice with some molases and hops. Finish is swert but not over powering. Slid!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very deep brown color with a large creamy tan head. The cork released with a good amount of force. Mildly roasted with a semi-sweet chocolate. Pine hops mix through adding another layer without taking over. The flavor is sweet but not overly done. Good roast with more of a bitter chocolate. Hops run through the flavor from start to finish. Warming finish with a light alcohol. Medium bodied with a bitter finish. Nice beer.
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap; poured a dark black color with not much head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, alcohol and earth. Flavor was different but just not too great for me. Robust flavor. Earthy, fruity and hoppy. Just not my cup of tea.
Rerate; upped it a bit...really need it too warm up to bring everything out.
NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle, When I turned the cork to open the bottle it jumped from my hand landing half way across the room, (Fortunately no beer was lost). Poured with a huge tan head. Color is dark brown almost kinda amber, no transparency at all. Aroma is kinda subdued for a barley wine I thought. Some yeasty notes but not as plumy or jammy as some I have had. The 10.2 hides well I think, a lot of the time BW’s tend to burn this one didn’t strike me that way. Faint chocolate with some anise on the finish. Very well done that is 3 in a row on the 30th’s.
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown / black with several inches of dense, brown, dimpled head. Aroma is yeasty when first uncorked, and cocoa, sprucey hops, and dark, Christmas-cakey fruits emerge thereafter. Taste is a confluence of several kinds of bitterness, alcohol burn, and fruit, and not unlike a rum-cake. Highly bitter, and lightly carbonated, the mouth-feel borders on oily. Rating #1100 $9/750
SSSteve (3719) - - AUG 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. pours a deep brown, almost black with ruby highlights under a large, foamy, beige head. aroma is a showcase showdown of toasted malts, black malt, chocolate and hops. flavor is heavy with chocolate and dark malt with some floral hops and a bit of licorice spice. full body. a bit hot right now. need hold one for a couple years. a dark barley wine. another winner from this series.
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The only other Sierra Nevada Barleywine I’d had before was the exceptional Bigfoot, so I jumped on this one time chance of sampling a different take on the style from them. The bomber was classy looking, with a nice corked and caged presentation worthy of the 30th anniversary, which resonated a loud pop followed by gun smoke when unconfined. The beer itself poured out very dark brown with shades of red. Not quite pure black, but very very close. The head atop was much more massive for the style, and remained craggy and durable at three finger thick. The smell was very different than Bigfoot, with nose pulled between pine and grapefruit of the hops and ripe fruits of the malt. The taste naturally followed as a big but balanced drink that alternated between sweet apple and bitter grapefruit rind. There were also undertones of coffee and dark chocolate. The body felt very thick and chewy, and was closer to an Imperial Stout than a Barleywine. Very warming in the finish as a result of the unabashed boozyness. I liked it a lot, but Bigfoot is a better assault on the senses.
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick n chewy deep blackish brown with a creamy tan head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is roasted barley, chocolate, hops, molasses, burnt brown sugar and cocoa nibs. Flavor is chewy cake batter chocolate, roasted barley, a good dose of hop bitterness, dark earthy raw sugars and finishes with some dark roasty malts and choco-hop bitterness. Thick viscous creamy mouthfeel and alcohol is apparent but well masked by this beast. Good stuff.
beerbastard (669) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2012 Got lucky and showed up @ Sun Devil Liquor store today,( Aug. 6th, 2010), and they had just came in. Couldn’t wait so I chilled it down ASAP. Barley Wine or Amer Strong Ale? What a head and lacing on the glass. Very dark, can’t see light thru it. Piney malty nose. Black malt and hop bitterness. A little smokeyness. This should age really good. Hop and a little alcohol bite in the finish. July 2012, two years later. Got to kick it up a notch, hops have mellowed, no smokeiness, more malt with chocolate. Good balance, still burns in the finish and still has bitterness.