Pailhead (5450) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Aroma is very weak. Caramel, light fruit, and muted citrus and flowery hops. Pours a bright transparent with a minimal off-white head. Flavor is very weak and watery. Weak caramel up front followed by a muted flowery and citrus hopped finish with some mild alcohol. Very boring and bland.
emacgee (4309) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a fairly clear bright copper orange. One finger creamy yellowish head. The nose is very green, alcohol, had to describe, awful. Reminds me of Green Flash Barley Wine which was a total drain pour for me. Makes it very hard for me to actually take a sip of this. I can’t drink this, very green astringent flavor. Warm alcohol. Drain Pour.
j12601 (7456) - 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.
TheRealMGD (551) - 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.
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.
mcberko (8738) - 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.
tcfishler (65) - USA - DEC 7, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear reddish garnet with a decent head for its ABV.
Nose is expressive, with a bit of roastedness and a lot of piney hops. A little bit of fruit in the background.
Palate is fairly lively, with a sensation of acidity but also a fair amount of sweetness. Plenty of bitterness courtesy of the hops, and a sharp alcoholic bite too.
A bold hoppy barleywine, for fans of the style only.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear orange/copper with a small head. Aroma of alcohol, bandages and toffee. After it warms a little; toffee still comes on strong, but the medicinal taste was a bit down. No hops present, but plenty of alcohol. Not Speakeasy’s best.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was disappointed in this one. I expected it to be pretty hoppy given where it was brewed, but they went overboard. I almost forgot that I was drinking a b-wine a couple times during this session. It was thin, boring, and the hoppy punch overshawdowed the malts or fruitiness that you would find readily available in say.....a Foghorn. I can say though that this thing carried the 10.2% very well. I’ll pass...
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006 bottle. Aged over a year at 45F. Light amber color. Aroma is esters, phenols and almonds. Flavor is malt, hops and alcohol. 50% hot alcohol, 50% clean alcohol. It’s getting better as it warms up, but there’s still some hint of overworked yeast in here. Imagine the taste of bitter vanilla almonds. Too bad for Speakeasy - I loved Prohibition when it came out in bottles back in the early 2000s.. I have a feeling there’s still so much wonderful potential in this place.