marcus (9148) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark amber ale poured with a fluffy tan head and an alcohol and treacle aroma. The flavor is toffee, syrup and treacle with some raisin-flavored alcohol. This is the kind of beer that you either love or hate. I’m of the former persuasion.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Intensely bitter, first reminding me of Bigfoot or Old Crusty for just the level of bitterness. Decent honey, melon and peach nose, grassy aromatic hops, fresh smelling and lively on the nose. Crisp, sharp, fresh tasting all around, more like a DIPA up front, settling more into the BW category on the finish, though it’s still far too bitter. Mild grassy, moldy hops noted, the finish has much more of this musty mold, and after a few drinks it really starts to get in the way. Becomes the primary reason I’m not enjoying my bottle towards the end. There’s a lot going on in here - not all of it good - but I’m afraid the hops really get in the way and mute out some of the more interesting flavors.
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium sized mostly diminishing beige head. The aroma is citrusy hops and sweet caramel malt with a touch of pine thrown in for good measure. The flavor has good caramel malt, citrus notes (grapefruit bitterness), pine, soap (different bitterness). The alcohol also makes an appearance and then fades. This is very dry in the finish. I am curious what a little age would do for this? I have had many BWs that are better.
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Ruby beer with no real head. Clean, fresh malt flavor. Low malt aroma. Clean and finishes easy. Some orange-citrus flavor, but nothing too special. Hides alcohol well.
blipp (8181) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours golden amber with a white head. Hoppy aroma with some light sweet malts. The flavor has a nice hoppy bitterness with some toffee like malt notes. Not bad.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Clear copper color with fluffy tan head. Early the aroma is light with sweet sugary malts and pine hops. Really nice west coast style Barleywine flavor. Caramel malts are big and then pine hops hit. Just beyond midway a faint dark fruitiness emerges to add interest. Really nice drinkable flavor in this 10.2% ABV brew.
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 tons of caramel in the nose.. . fantastic foam, A+ lacing .. . very clean, very smooth, way to much fun .. . abv is dead on perfect .. . a fantastic underrated barleywine, like i said before, just a fun enjoyable beer.. . i wish i had a few more .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahr5xo0ynFE
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Hard Liver Barleywine Festival 09, Brouwer’s Cafe. Crystal clear, somewhat rubied medium amber. Dense creamy tan head. Caramelly nose, a little boozy. Creamy medium body. Caramel, doughy malts, tangy oranges on the mid-palate.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, 2 years old, I believe. Poured brilliant, perfectly clear reddish-orange with a very nice initial cap of off-white head.. a solid dose of rising carbonation as well. The aroma was hot with darker fruit and caramel leading the way.. toffee joined in a little later.. aside from slight earthy and herbal notes, the hops seem to have dissapeared. The flavor was also on the hot side with toffee sweetness that was joined by medium-skinned fruits.. semi-dry malty finish, again little going on hop-wise. Heavier-bodied and grainy on the palate, showing severe hop degredation and some oxidation. I’d like to try a fresh bottle b/c this doesn’t seem to age well.
PorterPounder (7335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the San Francisco "Brews on the Bay" Festival. Very good brewpub Barleywine. Medium orange pour, frothy off-white colored head. Sweet, sprucey aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruity with strong citus notes. Just the right amount of hoppiness. Alcohol hidden well. Chewy mouthfeel.