KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, - JUN 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
AROMA: Dark sugars and tropical fruits--coconut mostly;
APPEARANCE:dark bronzed-brown, a tad murky, good fine light brown head with thin lacing;
TASTE: medium sweet, very little bitterness, no hint of sourness, very slight astringency;
PALATE: full bodied but n the light end of the spectrum so to speak, a little bit sticky, softly carbonated, longish sweet and slightly bitter finish;
OVERALL: very nice
EamonTheGreat (26) - USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Yogi's in Bloomington. Pours amber with a decent head and some lacing. Nice bourbon aroma that's not too strong when you drink it. A quality barley wine.
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thornecb (3973) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Oak and vanilla aromas. Sweet caramel and toffee upfront turning to oak in the lasting resin finish.
metalhead0043 (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz for 9 bucks. DOB was 2/14/12. I hope that doesn’t affect the taste. Pours a rusty/caramel type of color with a small off-white head. Aroma is heavily malty, with some whiffs of alcohol, piney hops and fruit coming through. Taste is malty up front with the fruity flavor really coming through too. There is a bit of alcohol and oak flavoring in the finish. Body is medium with a slick texture. This is a quite nice barleywine ale. I approve.
warhawk91 (145) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bomber. Pour is hazy amber rust with a modest off white head and ok lacing. Smell is very earthy and bready with wood and caramel notes as well as raisin, orange and pineapple. Alcohol present and some piney hops as well. Taste is heavy malt with caramel sweetness, oak is prevalent, the raisin and pineapple along with dark fruit also shine through. A hop profile gives the perfect bitterness and slight citrus finish to achieve balance. Mouthfeel is chewy and robust. I love barley wines and this one’s pretty good.
merc7186 (1471) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Mild Brown Head, Decent Lacing
S: Caramel, Vanilla, Raisins, Sweet Malts
T: Caramel, Raisins, Sweet Malts,
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Sweet
Overall, a nice barleywine that isnt over powering and the oak aging takes some of the sweetness away and mellows it out.
jb (1941) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
southern tier vs. founders at tap and mallet score 1 for southern tier. Pretty nice. candied oranges in the aroma waft out. Palate is complex. Sweet, malty. Sticky, thick. Dry oak finish. Very decent. Glad to finally find this.
Arayaga2 (1710) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maple syrup colored with 2cm of dense, off white head. Aroma is sweet with juicy plum and butter baked pineapple notes. Taste is the same but more attenuated with drying oak notes, that aren’t as smooth as I’d hoped. I think I’d prefer the bourbon barrel version.
GranvilleTim (1403) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of oak and dark fruit invites you to take that first sip. Taste is oak, creamy, little dark fruit, sweetness of caramel malt, and it has a dry oak finish. Alcohol is well balanced. Great lacing.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle (repeatedly poured) into a snifter.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a beautiful glow. Given the small glass size, there isn’t much head - just a thin off-white film, and even that retains itself poorly. The beautiful shade gives it a few extra brownie points.
S: Lots of caramel, toffee, and earth in this one. The hops seem faded at this point (not unexpected) with only faint notes of melon, peach, and lemongrass. I also pick up additional oaky, vanilla tones as it opens up in the glass. Competent without bowling me over in any way.
T: This opens very fruity on the tongue. There are still some front-loaded hop flavors (it’s almost like a lemon cake, in a manner), without any obnoxious bitterness anywhere on the palate. Finish is subtly oaky, but more dominated by sweet, buttery vanilla - and after some time, some boozy touches. The end result is a very sweet brew best suited for dessert, but with a surprising drinkability level. Not amazingly complex, though.
M: It’s thick yet soft on the palate - as a barleywine should be - though perhaps a bit too prickly at times. Once carbonation softens, the full texture is allowed to shine through. Oak helps to dry the finish up slightly; this is why it’s relatively drinkable.
O: This seems to strike a middle ground between the hoppy American barleywine and the sweet, desserty English barleywine - and truth be told, I’m more reminded of the latter here. Oddly for the style, this is best when it’s very cold; it becomes rather imbalanced and even harsh when warmed up sufficiently.
S_Side_Smitty (332) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber-brown - surprisingly clear - with a thin light tan head. Aroma is roasted grains and oak. Combined with the alcohol, the aroma is reminiscent of whiskey. Taste is nice. Molasses & grains up front with a brief, but noticeable flash of alcohol in the mid palate, then smoothing out to a nice oak infused heavy malt finish. The oak really refines this barley wine. Really nice.