surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours amber, with a bit of chill haze but otherwise clear. Minimal head. Sappy aroma with lots of candied fruits (raisins, figs) but also some sweet brown sugar along with citrus hops, bread and some alcohol notes. Hop bitterness comes through up front, balancing the heavy malt profile nicely, followed by lots of citrus hops. Full bodied and sticky with average carbonation and a smooth, if somewhat bitter finish. Warming. Nice sipper.
574deadzone (763) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy copper-orange with a healthy beige head that settles slowly and leaves some ropes or lacing. Nose involves peach, brown sugar, spice, candied orange, suggestions of leather, pine resin, date bread, caramel, figs, and a little wispy alcohol. Definitely sweet, but well balanced with bitterness and a dash of tart. Full bodied but not heavy, rich and toward syrupy, bright, tingly, oily, coating, sticky, with a lengthy fruity and hoppy bitter finish, even trying to dry it all out. Hey, this is a versatile barleywine. Estery. Quite drinkable, yet lots to ruminate over. Yum.
bbbeer (503) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange with small white head. Aroma grassy hops, malt, a little booze. Medium full body, alcohol there but not overwhelming. Flavor is bitter and hoppy, citrus and herbs, some malt in the background. A good beer, I found it indistinguishable from a double IPA.
Odysseyalien (33) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this on tap originally spring 2012 somewhere in NYC. Found it in bottles today at Readington Wine and Spirits in East Whitehouse Station, NJ.
A: Cloudy...deep copper color.
S: Sweet...caramel...no hoppy aromas.
T: Bitterness is very subtle...sweet...maple syrup...brown sugar...light on the hops...bitter on the backend. Very yummy!
M: Medium light body. Light effervescence. Not clear when this bottle was filled but sometime between 2007 and 2011.
O: I love British barleywines. Iím finding a number of American barleywines that I really dig too and this is up there in my top two or three. I had looked for this in bottles for over a year and found it today. Had on tap last year. Iíll have to get more when Iím back at this store. Oh, itís a happy day!
budznsudz (378) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2009 bottle. This didnít hold up well. Aroma and taste are super pungent, bitter, and not enjoyable.
jtclockwork (6235) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 vintage shared at Blippís surprise tasting. Pours caramel amber with off white head. Nose and taste of sherry, bready malt, dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Full bodied.
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2003 thanks to Paul at Brianís suprise birthday tasting. Pours clear amber without any head. Aroma is hugely boozy with notes of dark fruits. Really in your face booze. Taste is caramel, fruits, raisins and slight booze. The alcohol profile is alot less prominent in the taste than the aroma. Holds up well.
Imaena (1630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. This is a big diesel brew with lots of alcohol warmth. Its a nice winter quaff.
vodka4blood (62) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - APR 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yup, thats a barleywine alright. And what a "handsome" woman on the label, as well ; )
mcberko (4814) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy blood orange with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus hops, tropical pitted fruits, other fruity esters, and some bready caramel malt. Flavour is very complex, full of a range of fruits (pitted fruits, peaches), fairly bitter dry citrus hops, and some caramel malts. Extremely deep and rich flavour profile, with everything working in great harmony. Finishes fruity and quite hoppy, more hopped than a traditional barley wine. Excellent barley wine - much better than the average suggests.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange hue with thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is malt, caramel, slight alcohol, taste is sweet malt, caramel, fruits, some bitterness mostly on finish, warming, dry.