Fatehunter (750) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
2011 Bottling. New review eight months later with a bottle from the same sixer that was sitting in my cellar tempíd wine/beer closet.
Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy amber color with a finger of dirty-white head.
It has a deep malt smell that you could get lost in. Big improvement from the first review. There is also a black licorice smell.
Heady malt taste, almost knocked me over. Still has the gripping bitterness, which balances the malt well. Big and powerful all the way through. It also has a great alcohol warming finish.
Heavy body, low carbonation. Nothing changed here.
It got a lot better only eight months later. I still have a few more that Iíll open one a year.
Poured into a snifter. Amber colored with a thick, tight dirty-white head. Looks regal.
The smell is, well, almost non-existent. A bit of wet malt and brown sugar.
Sweet, but not too much. A bit of maltiness. A gripping bitterness, a lasting aftertaste.
Heavy in the mouth, but not really thick. Light carbonation. True to the style.
Maybe it needs to cellar for awhile... ícause it was fairly average.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-12-2011 22:49:02
RichTheVillan (836) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; dark copper pour with thin beige head, sugary sweet aroma, piney hop taste with caramel sweetness, high level of bitterness, some spiciness, ABV is present.
hackobock (273) - SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. 2012 version. Pours red with a lasting small bubble off-white head. Resin, caramel, grapefruit, figs and alcohol in the aroma. Taste is caramel with a strong bitter backbone. Medium/full bodied.
Ret12 (377) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malty poured a deep red to almost brown color. Upfront with slight roasty malt flavors and a nice bitter hop finish.
Jow (1375) - New York, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Call this the month of me filling in gaps in my beer resume. Really should have rated this years ago but anyways on tapnat Stagshead figured about time. Pours reddish copper with beige head and lovely nose of piney hops. Tastes of pine, resin, junipers, burnt caramel, cherry, red licorice, and some earth. Chewy palate and lingering finish.
ShaneJ (84) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Plonk (2013 release). Dark reddish-amber, strong resiney/piney hop aroma with some sweet caramel and butterscotch sneaking through, maybe some banana cake too. Flavour is all hop bitterness up front but sweet malt and some alcohol warmth round out a really nice (winter) beer. "Itís a barley wine, Jim, but not as we know it". Excellent.
gramity (1055) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop dominant with notes of pine blending into caramel notes. Amber with a small quickly fading head. Bitter with only minor malt balance. Medium plus to full bodied with a long bitter finish.
dfearnley (319) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 bottle to flute
Chocolate, hops, and juniper. Deep amber with a thin ring like head. Taste is hoppy, and a bit malty.
Sevenlee (884) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Pours an amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, hops, caramel and fruits. Taste is high sweet malty leading to a well balanced bitterness in the finish. Bloody awesome! Sierra Nevada never fails to please!
Ferris (492) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Hoppy and malty with a bit of alcohol heat. Clear amber with a thin head. Hoppy with caramel and some alcohol heat and a nice punch of bitterness. Very nice and heart warming.
Augdraught1981 (48) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my first barley wine. Pours a dark amber with thin head with hoppy grapefruit aroma. Hoppy alcohol bitter full taste with some sweetness in the background. Has the body & taste like an imperial IPA. The bitterness hangs around for a long time and is balanced nicely with the sweetness of the malts. Reminds me of the dogfish head 90 minute but not as sweet or powerful. Goes down smoothly for so much alcohol especially when cold & gets a little syrupy as it warms up, it definitely packs a punch. Very good brew from a reliable brewery.