mcberko (13227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
3 oz. sample on tap at Brouwer’s Café for Hard Liver, pours dark mahogany. Aroma of light toasted malts and caramel – pretty one-dimensional. Flavour is very syrupy, overly sweet caramel and candy. Palate is way too syrupy and cloying. A little offensive, really.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber brown, white head. Brown sugar, slightly doughy nose with toffee, herbal, resinous hops also notable. Tastes a bit like cookie dough, maple, more brown sugar, dried fruit, lots of floral and resinous hops finishing it out with a lingering bitter. Bold and tasty with enough balance to make the sweetness tolerable. Definitely a nice American style barleywine.
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
To start this barley wine off, it poured a deep hazy chestnut brown with golden amber highlights. It quickly built a tight single-finger thick fawn colored head of large bubbles that fell within 30 seconds to a thin island and collar around the glass with no lace to speak of. Initially there were some minuscule streams of tiny bubbles peppering the liquid, but in no time at all, it ended up appearing fairly flat with no visible carbonation.
The nose was predominantly a bourbon-like alcohol that "burns the nostrils." I would be hard-pressed to say that Speakeasy even remotely tried to cover up the glaringly obvious 10.2%ABV in Old Godfather, and I might go so far as to say that all of the grains and malts in it only further exacerbate the ethanol scent. It held barley and oats up front with pale and crystal malts - pale coming through more aggressively than the crystal, but both are definitely present. There were rich dominant caramel malts drenched in super sweet brown sugar molasses and cooked with real maple syrup. No Aunt Jemima here. There was also an odd warm, burnt toffee with chocolate notes that didn’t quite seem to fit in, as well as an even odder hint of overripe cherries lingering and fermenting way underneath. I found it hard to tell if there were any hops at all, though through a little research, others claim to have found both pine and citrus quite easily - which I can totally get on board with when I think about it, but otherwise I just can’t seem to get past the glaring caramel and alcohol.
Dipping into it, my tongue was washed over with the bourbony alcohol right off the bat. I was actually a little surprised to find it thinner in the mouthfeel with a lighter-medium body, which I expected to be a little thicker due to the high ABV. Even the carbonation was lacking - though it still managed to bite my tongue with a combination of alcohol, something bright and citrusy that I couldn’t pick out in the nose, and some bold bitter hops that also hid from the aroma. After the initial bitter overload, the in-your-face pale and crystal malts came out swathed in a rich caramel sauce accented with brown sugar and molasses, which made it very candy-sweet and just shy of syrupy. The flavors didn’t last much longer after I swallowed, and it finished very dry with tongue-numbing effects.
r464 (2254) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite strong in the floral hoppiness of aroma and flavor. Sweet, with a flavor of dried fruit, hops, sweet malts, and nuts. Strong, worthy of a long savory drink.
madmitch76 (21500) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
27th March 2009
Hazy amber beer. Low carbonation. Soft to medium palate. Sweet malt that quickly gives way to sweet fruit overlaid by briney hops and an aniseed alcohol warming finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Clear amber with no head. Aroma is very muted with some crystal/caramel character and not much else. Flavor is overly sweet, almost like unfermented candi sugar. Slight alcohol in finish, almost no hop character to speak of. Slight oxidation. Watery thin.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ BPP. Hazy red coppery brown pour with a short off-white head leaving light lacing. Dates and figs nose. Start and middle are more of the same with a heavy whiskey and rum booziness entering late and lasting through the finish. Medium body and carbonation. No hop aromas detectable, very sweet. One of the least pleasing barleywines I’ve had.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 12oz bottles shared at Gerry’s Xmas Big Beer Vertical. Thanks Gerry! Pours a deep brown, slightly copper colour with thin head that faded to a ring quickly. Aroma, sweet. citrus, a lot of orange some lemon lime. Bittersweet flavour of caramel,toffee and brown sugar. More grapefruit notes later on. Alcohol is pretty evident and not as refined as I would like, perhaps aging will melow this. Thick body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very nice.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A boozy basic barley wine with strange cardboard notes. Meh.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when about 1 year of age
The look: Murky amber with lots of medium size particles. Small beige head leaving good lacings
In long: Nose of marmalade and wooden resinous hops. Taste is a bit here and there. First I thought the beer had a strange astringency that was almost like cardboard-mouth-drying. There was no oxidation sign on the nose and the beer was purchased one year ago from a beer store with a good turn around (Julio’s). So I really don’t know what to make of this slight strange cardboard astringency. Outside of than that I got some caramel, some dried fruits, plywood, some hops resin, lots of booze. Very warm boozy finish. Maybe I got a bad bottle. Some might say "what does this always happen to me?" but do we really need a rhetorical question in a beer rating?
BiddleBrau (1130) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the Brickskeller in DC. Not quiet sure what I had as it was noted as an Imperial Common. I thought it was a barleywine. Amber with nice off-white head that left nice lacing. Big caramel malt nose. Alcohol present, thin malty, hoppy and a bit dry.