SpongeRuiner (418) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had this one very early in my good beer drinking life and honestly dont think I was ready for barleywines. I will just transfer my rating from beer advocate here until I have it again one day.
Niller (340) - Hammel, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2013) from Voldby. Reddish-brown colour with a good thick off-white/light brown head. Big bittersweet aroma of hops and malt. Intense taste of fruit, pine, grape, malt, hops. Well balanced. Heavy long bitter to bittersweet finish. Great beer.
trujahwarrior (394) - Monroe, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, 2013 vintage Pours a hazy dark brown color whith a thick tan head that leaves great lacing. Smell of Dark fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and citrus. Tastes of the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is slick and oily with good carbonation. Pretty good tasting barleywine. A bunch of flavores going on here that work well together. Have also had the 2011 vintage but this years was better.
annunz123 (742) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice aroma with bread, nuts, wood, and grassy hops. Flavor start with some caramel bread sweetness. Finish is bittersweet with some drying alcohol. This particular bottle is a few years old, and it has held up very, very well.
Zer0 (789) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper. Aroma is grass, yeast, cereal, caramel, malts and raisin. Medium sweet and medium bitterness. Full bodied and soft carbonation. A bit creamy too.
LesArgen (172) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My first ever barley wine, so I have nothing to compare it with, but it sure is nice. Pours like a slightly fizzy scotch. The aroma includes tangerine and cherry, but it’s surprisingly refreshing to drink with lots of hoppy goodness softening the otherwise overpowering cherry cough medicine.
DedicatedToFun (1540) - SoCal, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super awesome barleywine on tap at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica, rich, creamy, caramel, good
Hopsclation (77) - Chicago, - SEP 10, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorite widely available beers and considering how good it is, its really not that expensive. Creamy passionfruit cognac with expresive sharp hop bite that ends with a subtle but zesty raspberry finish. A world class american beer experience. Im sure it would be even better aged a couple years but I dont think i will ever have that kind of self control...
M82 (173) - Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Checking in on this year’s batch reveals everything I’d expect from a mellowed American barley wine; big and rich with a bitter characteristic making a respectable effort to keep up with the sweetness
A dark cherry red body supports a loose, 2" off-white to light khaki head which eventually settles to a fluffy thick ring with a solid wall of frothy lace
Pungent lemony-piney hops attempt to cut through prevailing mountains of candied, brown sugar malt with accents of peach and pineapple on a medium-heavy body; rich and coating with building bitterness; residuals of cherry candy, stark piney bitterness, leather, chocolate, and faint citrus rind
12oz bottle of 2013 vintage at 50º into 17oz white wine glass, two bottle codes, under the neck label: 234 0204:59, and under the back label: 331 12 0150 3, which really only tells me I should remember when this came out, was it February as usual?
Shot (43) - Westerville, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From a bottle dated 2013. Pours a reddish copper with a thick, rocky head. Aromas of caramel, butterscotch, pine needles, floral hops, molasses, and chocolate. Upfront flavors of dark chocolate, cinnamon, molasses. Big, chewy beer with a creamy mouthfeel and noticeable alcohol warmth. Finish is dark chocolate, raisin, caramel and bitter orange. There’s a noticeable sharpness that would doubtlessly smooth off if this was allowed to bottle condition for a year or two. Huge beer with very complex flavors. Simply an outstanding, world class brew. There’s really nothing not to like about this beer.