slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"10.5% hybrid. sampled June 2011, unknown that we’d just bought a 2009 bottle off the shelf. ironically, it would have been passed on if we knew it was 2 years old, but damn, this thing aged to near perfection. the bitter finish still balanced out the sweetness from the 47% barley malt and 53% wheat, which also made it just fruity sweet enough without being overbearing. somewhat thick, but hid the alcohol well. great beer, and another notch in the belt for Smuttynose!"
zvikar (4068) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - SEP 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at DSG’s 5555 tasting at Sar Hamashkahot Ramat Gan. Thanks kerenmk. Pours orange hazy with a beige head, aroma of marmalade, caramel and wheat, flavor is slightly bitter with marmalade, malt, alcohol and herbs, medium bodied.
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flat pour with a minimal head. Aroma of candy and sweets. Taste is overwhelming sweet wheat. Close to a Belgian dark but not.
bubblehouse (808) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not my favorite. Nice strong aroma but the flavor was slightly off putting. Not the biggest barley wine fan anyways.
obxdude10 (2118) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent barleywine that poured a light amber color. The white head was quite modest but left some nice lacing behind. The nose was sweet with notes of wheat, alcohol, light whiskey and some floral hops. The body was big and strong, but well balanced. The flavors were on the semi-sweet side with notes of wheat, alcohol, orange, lemon, toffee and caramel. The finish was quite strong as well, with more notes of spicy hops and a bit more alcohol.
fiveacestx (807) - Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, caramel color with a small head. It has a high ABV and it shows in the aroma and taste. Has a maple aroma and taste. Medium silky smooth mouthfeel. Watch out for this one!
mstrcrwly (697) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Black Sheep..dark orange pour..thin white head..aroma of honey,bread,caramel..different is pretty much how I’d describe this one..just ok.
rayaron (777) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - AUG 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at American Strong Ale tasting at Beer&Beyond, Tel Aviv. Nice amber with low beige head. Sweet yeasty aroma, syrup, bready, date honey, woody. Very sweet flavor, syrup, light hoppy bitterness, spicy, notes of banana. Oily texture. Lots of sediments. Medium carbonation. Full body. Very alcoholic. Sweet-bitter aftertaste.
kerenmk (3361) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at DSG’s 5555th rating tasting at Sar HaMashkaot Ramat Gan. Hazy amber-brown with beige head. Candy, malt, a little dried apricot and old hops aroma. Stale hops, slightly bitter, then chocolatey in the mouth. Full body, chocolate finish, low carbonation. Heavy, sweet, vinous but not wheaty.
McGarnigle (585) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Beautiful beer, copper color that becomes hazy with the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. More barleywine than wheat beer. A sipper, a bit boozy. Some citrusy notes, some sweetness, but not too much. Tastes like what it is: a light colored barleywine.