pdx77 (1416) - Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2014 On draught at Lucky Labrador Barleywine and Big Beer Festival 3/9/13. 2010 vintage, rated a 3.7. Oxidized to an almost metallic taste. Still retains a caramel flavor, though the hoppiness has been smoothed out. From bottle 4/4/14. 2014 vintage, rated 3.8. Copper color. Bright citrus aroma with notes of crystalized sugar. Taste is caramelized grapefruit and other tart citrus, pine resin, and sticky sweet malt. Retains a bittersweet alcohol note on the finish, with the caramel and tart citrus remaining. On draught at Roscoe’s for Sierra Nevada Summit/Tap Takeover 6/29/14. 2012 vintage. Enjoy the caramelized hoppiness and complexity.
Pumpkin87 (4) - - NOV 16, 2014 does not count
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not for the subtle, this brutally overhopped IPA-style “barleywine” comes from the bigger is better US school of craft beer.
Attractive brown amber color with cream head that quickly dissipates. Bit of traditional barleywine malt sweetness on the nose quickly overwhelmed by piney "citrus."
That’s even more so in the gladness, where "big" and "powerful" tramples on nuance. Let it sit long enough and a bit of complexity emerges with toffee, but why wait? Just eat a bowl of hops.
On the slightly good side, the 9.6 percent ABV, while high, is reasonable for a barleywine.
Rosslew (235) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweetness comes out of the glass. Then comes the hoppiness before the bitterness. 330ml. 2.7std drinks. 9.6%.
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lamf (80) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - NOV 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clearly amber with beautfiul white head. Aroma of sweet fruits and caramel. Maybe with a little presence of alcohol. Powerful taste! Bittersweet, caramel, some dried fruits. Good. Actually, very good.
Sebilinz (568) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber body with white head. Aroma is ripe fruits some malt and some alcohol. Taste is sweet malt with caramel and some honey. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter. Not bad.
Hopmaestro (157) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is very hoppy and thick. Notes from grapes, red fruits and alcohol. The taste is strong caramels, slightly vineous before the hops jump in and strangles anyone who tries to oppose. Long bittersweet finish. I guess it would gain from some storage time, but my problem is that I can’t have a beer this good laying around for too long.
Tstamba (353) - Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to a tulip. Beautiful clear copper amber with tan head and lacing. Powerful sweet malt aroma. Fresh baked bread with a touch of honey. Balanced dry bitter finish. Excellent!
sudomorph (692) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle. Pours a deep caramel/ruby with a half finger, khaki head. Aroma is a big, sweet caramel with bread, pine, resin, and hints of dark fruits. Really nice. Taste is large and aggressive but balanced. Sweet caramel, bread, and darker fruits blended with bitter pine, resin, and a touch of citrus. Ends with a big, bitter, resin aftertaste. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Medium syrupy/resin texture in the mouth with a sweeter finish. Overall a huge, American barley wine. Caramel and bread mixed with huge resiny/piney hops. 2014 bottle. Can’t wait to cellar.
slowrunner77 (6016) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"one of the hoppier barleywines on the market, for better or for worse. i like this one to mix things up a little. not as thick or malty as others, but full bodied and delicious. Better fresh. "
rondphoto (2171) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber, thick tan head, streaks of lace. Taste is syrupy caramel malt with a lightly bittered edge in a finish that includes alcohol warmth. Strong, but very little change, start to finish. Good, not great.
koleminer20 (674) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle of 2013 vintage. The pour is a nice ruby color with a cream colored head that leaves a beautiful lace on the glass. The head does seem to fade right away. The aroma is initially very hoppy. There is a decent toffee presence and a nice malty profile on the back end, but the hopiness drowns out a bit here to start. The flavor is much of the same. The beginning is a bit bitter and then moves through the maltiness and caramel and toffee. The back end is a bit sweet. The mouth feel is a little thin and there is a light carbonation to try to help it out. The aftertaste is a little caramel-ish, but resoundingly bitter. Not too bad
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