Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
P: Murky mahogany color with a fast fading taupe froth. Wet lacing forms on the sides.
S: Heavy wood aroma, vanilla, sweet roasted caramel malt, creole spices, roasted barley, and a faint old milk aroma.
T/M: Super sweet upfront with toasted caramel, syrup, brown sugar, drinks similar to really sweet tea but with loads of smoldered barley and wood. Hops are earthy and very mild while faint chocolate lingers in the backdrop. A nice full body with moderate carbonation.
O: I hate to say it but I’m not a fan of this one. I like that the oak cuts the sweetness but its just too understated for the brigade of sweetness that attacks the palate. It’s like drinking overly sweetened tea. Well put together and easy drinking gives this a bump in points. I read reviews about a strong hop profile so I really want to try a fresh version.
mnmike (1054) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. The big takeaway for me with this one was the strong hop profile for a barley wine - I like it
solidfunk (4904) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wooden barrel strong here. Oak really gets into the taste. Pours clear brown with good lacing, a little head. Finishes wooden oaky bSlick texturw.itter. Mild carbonation. Not a super strong barley wine, nut ok. Unbalanced on oak. Tap at coles.
SudsMcDuff (6536) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber ruby .. . mild oak, tons of vanilla, and mild booze .. . love the mouth .. . very smooth and fun .. . full yet drinkable, loved it
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superspak (3164) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/15/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, caramel, raisin, molasses, toast, toffee, oak, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt notes with moderate hop and oak balance. Taste of orange zest, caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, pine, oak, grass, and floral earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange zest, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, brown bread, floral, light pine, and hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of deep malt flavors with moderate hop balance; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and moderately full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! All around nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate hops; and dangerously smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
geauxtigers1 (3) - - MAY 4, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best american style barley wine I have had to this point. Hop components are at a minimum compared to many other. The oak and vanilla notes do not over power the barley wine at all.
akoeninger (520) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby red, tan head. Aroma is earthy hops, dark fruit and malt, hint of oak. Tastes great, sweet ripe fruit, toffee, bitter hops, vanilla/oak and some alcohol. Warms on the way down. Very good.
radio_nowhere (1029) - Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2013 Bomber into snifter glass. Deep ruby red with thin light tan head. Aroma is super malty (dried fruits, candy sugar and caramel) and a faint oak note. Taste is the aroma adding notes of chocolate, plums, some citrus, toffee, vanilla, alcohol and some earthy bitter hops. Heavy body, low carbonation, syrupy, rich, complex with a heavy sweet finish. Great stuff, picked it up thinking it was the regular Back Burner so now I’ll have to try that too!
drowland (6629) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/25/13. 22oz bottle from Grassroots. Clear red amber pour with a big khaki head that cuts in half but actually lasts and laces quite well. Big hop kick in the aroma, pine, pee, leaves, citrus, etc., with loads of caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of wood. Sweet caramel and dark fruits in the flavor but with a big bitter hop kick, wood, dark fruits, sugar, etc. A weird American British combo almost. Sugary yet hoppy with some wood. Not bad.
reggiedunlop (3404) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a mostly clear amber/ruby with a thin off white head. aroma is oaky candied fruit...hint of metallic and a hint of cinnamon. flavor is very oaky candied fruit with mild soft vanilla. mouthfeel is medium/full and oily with a candied fruit/oaky finish that dries and warms.