HonkeyBra (2883) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought this having never been blown away by a barley wine and decided this would determine whether to continue trying this style or give up on it completely. Wow, was I impressed. From 12 oz 2008 bottle. Pours a brown with off-white head. Aroma is amazing. Fruit, citrus, malt, hops. Taste is fruit, citrus, sweet malt and a very bitter finish. Wonderful. I saved a few bottles to cellar.
PotjeBier (1308) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. botle, 2007 edition, aged in my own "cellar". Deep brown-red color. Light beige head, with little retention. Aroma’s of sweet, soft fruit, dried fruit (raisins), toffee/caramel, light notes of port. Flavor is moderate sweet with a pretty strong bitter backbone. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes still quite bitter. Excellent. Have to re-rate with a fresh bottle at some point.
shurrui (2) - torreon, MEXICO - DEC 18, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excelente cerveza! Mucho cuerpo, con un sabor a malta con fuerte sabor a alcohol y un final muy rico con un toque de lupulo intenso.
harrymel (1096) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grades reflect latest review:
Vintage 2012, bottled 05JAN12
Pours brown amber with a finger of peanut foam that dies out slowly to a quilt of the same. Smells dank, weed, pine, alcohol and more dankness - hard to get through how hoppy this really is, never ceases to amaze me. Bitter with a good citrus tone and malty undercasing that comes through much better than I recall. There are some toffee feelings in the beer. Medium bodied with hi carb and a semi dry on dry finish. This is a classic beer from a classic brewery. Not the best, but maybe the best widely available in the style. 4/4/4/4/4
Vintage 2011- 4AUG11
A: Pours red and amber with hints of brown. Two fingers of peanut head falls in a couple minutes leaving a thick sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Thick and cobwebby lacing.4
S: Caramel, alcohol, pine, resin, lemon rind, and hints of spice. This is in between hoppy and malty, maybe....balanced? Dunno if I care for this ’balance’, it’s a tease. Okay, I like it.4
T: Still quite bitter with significant alcoholic flavors remaining. Plenty of PNW hops and some nice caramel malts underneath. Finish continues the assault of hops on the palate.4
M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. Dry finish.4.5
O: Good beer, having fun tasting this one over and over.4
Vintage 2011 - reviewed 4MAR11
A: Pours an amber red, single finger head halves to a quilt of fine, light tan head. Spotty lacing and excellent clarity.
S: Pine, resin and grapefruit. Wow, so many hops in this. As Burc of Oskar Blues would say: a shit-ton. I remember having this fresh last year and don’t remember the smell as much as the taste. We’ll see how it goes.
T: Bitter, hoppy. A hint of corn on this, which surprises me quite a bit. The beer has a nicely subdued (at least I think this is their intention as many of their beers are this way) malt character. The hops are the primary character in this beer.
M: Heavy beer with moderate carbonation leaves the palate more dry than I had expected. Actually a very unobtrusive mouthfeel - potentially sessionable as a small offering with a meal.
D: Moderate drinkability. I have hear stories about how awesome this beer becomes over time. I have begun a vertical as such to discover the truth.
Serving type: bottle
Brewbie (434) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. 2012 bottle. nice fluffy tan head. big hop aroma. pine. a lotta hops in the first sip. bitterness, pine, resin. smooth malty balance. sweet and sticky sipping with a lingering bitterness.
jdb288 (158) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 bottle opened late 2013. Red/brown with thin head. Sweet smell...pineapple, orange, rose. Taste is sweet malt, bitter hops, slightly sour. Want to do a vertical for some comparison.
emartell (202) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - DEC 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma intenso y muy agradable. Notas sumamente herbales. Se percibe el lupulo utilizado dando un caracter muy cítrico, y con un ligero toque a miel.
En cuanto a su apariencia, cerveza color cobre- rojizo. Cuerpo redondo, corona de espuma ligera de nula retención.
En boca muy bien equilibrada, especias y un final largo y sabroso.
Al paladar cerveza compleja. Las primeras notas percibidas son ligeramente dulces percibiendo un fuerte sabor a grano. De igual forma es posible distinguir notas a especias y un leve toque a miel. Al final es posible distinguir su potencia alcohólica al pasar por la garganta.
En resumen hablamos de una cerveza excepcional. Aromas distinguidos y bien desarrollados, una apariencia ideal, un equilibrio bien logrado y un final excelente.
mstrcrwly (27) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My first and certainly not my last barley wine..tried it this past summer..want planning on it just happened to walk by my local distributor to find something different and at $10 per 4pk said wtf..glad I did..First off..the pour..a nice mahogany color that foamed lightly..great aroma of caramel,malts, sweetness..and the taste..BLISS..only way I.can describe it..even had my wife who rarely drinks try it and she was like..wow..alcohol very well hidden..finished 4 pk that night ..will buy again and age it a yr or two and will update then
kramer (4380) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage, 10 years old as I rate this. Hard to believe that I’ve not gotten around to rate this. Pours a clear dark mahogany brown body with a small wispy beige head that faded pretty quickly to a thin ring. The nose is still quite thick and rich with heavy maltiness. There’s a wonderfully developed sherry like oxidation here that really shows the beauty of a well cellared Bigfoot. No hints of hops remaining at this point. The flavor is exactly what is expected from a 10 year old Barleywine, lots of beautiful oxidation and none of the negative forms of oxidation like paper and cardboard. Amazing stuff. There’s a noticeable alcohol component, but it doesn’t come across as hot or anything close to 9.6%. It’s so smooth that it really doesn’t resemble anything even close to what a fresh Bigfoot is. Medium bodied with minimal soft carbonation that really lets the beer shine and doesn’t distract. I’m getting really low on old Bigfoots like this, I really need to stash away some new bottles and pray that they hold up this well in the future.
Valgreen (336) - DENMARK - DEC 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Clear dark amber, big off white head, nice lacing. Aroma, malty, hoppy, piney, grapefruit, lemon alcohol, honey sweetness, caramel. Taste, malty, hoppy, piney, grapefruit, honey, caramel, herbs, spicy bitterness. Bitter and honey aftertaste.
chucklemation (175) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored ale with a small white head. Smells sweet like honey. Has a sweet flavor along with a whole lot of bitterness. Enjoyable. Plus, it has the best bottle cap art (at the bottom end of the bottle cap) I have seen.