jredmond (5964) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at pony with Brendan. Pours a deep, hazy amber with light white lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and spice. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonated with notes of earth, pine, spice and sweet caramel malts.
BrewBoxer (2366) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. I'm actually drinking the old red hooker barley wine. I'm not sure if its the same but if someone adds it ill transfer over the rating. Deep brown purplish color. Smell and taste is sweet and syrupy without that boozy aftertaste and backbone. Very drinkable. Very good
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kimjongill (207) - - OCT 31, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had on tap - 2010 Vintage. This beer is called a barleywine, but based like a triple IPA. The fact that it was still so bitter after 2 years of aging is a concern, as I would have expected it to have really mellowed out in that time. The beer was both bitter and sweet, but there wasn’t really a balance between the two, nor any complexity to marry them. Would not recommend.
blipp (6668) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Earthy hoppy aroma with toffee sweet malts. The flavor is well balanced, with earthy and flowery hops, toffee, and toasted bread. Pretty good.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at TND (2009 Vintage): Aroma of malt, hops, citrus, light fruit, and light citrus. Poured amber in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white/tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of small and medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet, and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, resin, wood, hop oil, evergreen, and a hint of diacetyl. Flavor is much more bitter than its sweeter smelling nose. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, slight diacetyl, pine, resin finish. 10.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout. I had this next to fresh Pliney the Elder, and found it to be more bitter and easier drinking.
Travlr (14777) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Paradiso Dupont. Beautiful variegated golden brown color, tan head, great lacing. Aroma of boozy caramel and light spice. Taste of spiced butterscocth and alcohol. Above average barleywine.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate amber color with a moderate white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some caramel, sweet bread, dark fruits, and a bit of hops. Flavor has brown sugar and caramel plus a bit of dates and some slight toffee. A bit of bread toast. Body is moderately sweet with a bit too much alcohol. Never really comes together all that cohesively, though it seems like some age would treat it nicely.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-18-2011 1
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 No sir I don’t like it. All I taste is extremely bitter grapefruit peels over an alcohol induced malt coma.
Jow (2502) - New York, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Beer for Beasts. A barleywine was a nice change of pace. Tastes of pine, caramel, figs, and berries. Bitter and sweet. Odd that these high abvs seemingly havd no effect on me, am I invisible? Tbd
deyholla (7636) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the tap at EBF. Poured a clear amber brown with a near white head that lasted throughout the beer and laced slightly. Aroma had a sweet grain note with some caramel and toffee notes and just a hint of pine hops. Flavor began with sweet grains and some toffee with a decent amount of pine hops present.