yespr (34875) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry malty and light roasted. Bitter, dense caramelish and roasted malt base. Smooth dense caramelish finish. Lovely.
brokensail (12909) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a dark amber color with plenty of red highlights to it. There isn’t too much in the way of head, but what is there sticks around nicely.
S: I was surprised by the hop character of the nose. A nice citrus component along with some sweet fruits, sugar, and caramel.
T: The bitterness and sweetness are well balanced in this beer. The caramel and sugar flavors are the strongest, but some good fruit and not much in the way of alcohol.
M: A fairly full bodied beverage with a low to moderate carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish.
D: I was surprised that this is nearly 14% ABV. Certainly an easy to drink barleywine with some nice flavors, but not the best I’ve had.
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Woodshop. amber pour. Aroma hits right off with caramel, brown sugar, booze and oak. Flavor has a great vanilla and caramel note with some good citrus/floral hops. The alcohol is hidden well. Great beer. Thanks to Chris for this one!
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is quite hoppy up front but also has a lot of rich oaky character. Fairly pronounced piny aroma up front as well as a touch of sweet berry esters on the back. The palate is rich and substantially boozy but that is also balanced by a bright hoppiness on the back. A lot of sweet bourbon and a rich spiciness as well. Lots of sweet fruity/piny hoppiness and a rich sticky malt component. Sticky, rich and very, very, tasty. I like it.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Honey-laced caramel malts benefit from rye-like alcohol heat to alleviate some of this Barley Wine’s dextrins, building a mighty fine body to sip on.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim veil of foam tops the cloudy dark amber.
-I get a lot more of the rye than the bourbon.
-Carbonation was soft, letting us enjoy the potent but well positioned flavors.
-There could be more malt depth in such a BWine, but that’s just my taste in the style.
On tap at Rattle ’n’ Hum, NYC.
deyholla (8028) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a clear amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet grains and caramel with toffee and light sweet fruit. Flavor starts with caramel and sweet grains with some light fruits and candied sugar.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pacific Standard. Pours a just hazy light brown with a thin white head. Vinous, caramel, candy, dark fruit. Medium bodied, full of cola, sweet, more candy flavors. Finishes with a light sweetness, a touch of bitterness, and a slow warming alcohol.
douglas88 (7180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Mongers. Pours a dark copper color with a medium white head. A sweet sugary nose, some wood, dry dusty malts. The flavor is husky, very dry, oak, bourbon perhaps but not massively, dark fruit, some berries. Pretty good, a bit much.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours a transparent copper amber with a well-lacing froth of light tan head. Has a sweet complex caramel nose with some light fruity esters and a touch of oak with good grapefruity hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet caramel maltiness with some resiny citrusy hops and lots of warmth, but not much barrel flavor.
blipp (6880) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours amber brown with an off white head. Whiskey sweet aroma with some fruity notes and light hops. The flavor has a bourbon/brandy like sweetness, toffee and toasty malts, light earthy notes, and floral hops. Intense.