Sammy (11176) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 On tap at the Rattle ’N’ Hum. Classic barleywine,unexceptional, with a little bourbon, a tad of chocolate, a tad sour. Dark colour with white head.Mouthfeel a tad above average. Malt complexity draws you in a bit, but taste does not quite live up to it.
Maybe better on cask.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Old Godfather
clear dark ruby red, whispy off white head that can be easily roused, rich sweet malt aroma with a bit of an alcoholic burn and some light floral hops, creamy body, rich carmel malt flavor, nice fruity character that starts off light and grows, touch of alcohol that disapates,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Clear, copper ale with a small, creamy, enamel head. Vineous, malty aroma with lots of toffee, tropical fruit and a touch of evergreen. The flavor possesses great balance of caramel sweetness and herbal bitterness... maybe even leans on the bitter side of balance. Tangy too. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes medium-bitter and dry. More like an IIPA than a barleywine... Avery Hog Heaven-ish? Thanks go out to zathrus13 for the bottle!
rosenbergh (10382) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Speakeasy, San Francisco, CA. 2015 vintage.
Hazy amber colour with a small creamy tan head.
Dark fruity hops and malty sweetness in the aroma.
The flavour is dark fruity hops, sweetness, hoppy bitterness, mild alcohol and strong bitterness.
slowrunner77 (10118) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
"booze, citrusy sweetness and bitter hops. not my favorite barleywine. not bad overall...barleywine is like pizza - even a bad one’s good, but this is a below average barleywine."
DocLock (9998) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer on the Wall. Pours deep copper with minimal off-white head. Aroma of figgy fruit, cognac, caramel malt, honey, brown sugar, port wine. Tastes heavy caramel malty, with some figgy fruit, brown sugar, cognac, and cabernet notes. Well hidden alcohol.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. Brought I think by Max. Pours a clear light brown. Dead still, no head. Smells like rubbing alcohol and plums. Flavor is all burnt malt and isopropyl. Terrible.
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Dried strawberries and potent resinous hops are inebriated by swooping alcohol vapors in this complex, but perhaps abrasive Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam slowly perishes into the clear ruby sunset.
-The resinous hops assurance develops citrusy nodes and plenty of bitterness.
-The body is quite lean for the style, offering but a few caramelized sugars.
-Carbonation is quite soft and serves the intense flavor balance well.
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice nose of citrus, malt, caramel. PRetty amber orange flavor. Malty flavor, citrus, smooth, orange, rye-like spiciness, pepper. Good stuff.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber brown beer with a thick sticky white head. There is a lot of sticky foam and lingering lace. Aroma is quite sweet and sticky initially. Nice fresh pine resin over some other herbal hop aromatics. Flavour has a nice soft biscuity maltiness and a lingering hoppy finish. Quite bitter with a lot of sticky pine and some earthy resinousness. It’s kind of simple but quite appealing nonetheless.