kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a fantastic barleywine; aroma of caramel and pine, malt forward taste with a hoppy, bitter finish.
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark red with creamy head about a finger thick. Smells of tropical fruits, caramel and some barley. Really inviting. Tastes of mango, bananas barley and some hops come in the background to finish things off. Alcohol is noticeable a bit, but not overpowering. A fantastic barleywine. Hope to score some more in the future.
Darkmagus82 (479) - - JUN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-4-12-
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a deep reddish-amber color with a one finger yellow tinted off white head. The head has great retention and fades slowly over time to give decent lacing.
Smell – The aroma is of a big bready biscuit smell. Mixed with this aroma there is an alcohol smell and with some fruit aromas of citrus and banana. There is a very light pine aroma that mixes with the others overall creating a nice complex aroma.
Taste – A big bready and slightly hoppy flavor greet the tongue. The breadiness is initially mixed with a sweeter orange citrus and the banana that was in the nose. The orange taste also is present initially as a light hop like flavor. As the taste advances on, some nice pine hoppiness begins to develop with the sweeter citrus lightening. While the sweeter fruit flavors diminish in the middle of the taste, some caramel sweetness takes its place. The pine hop gets more intense as the taste advances until just before the end, where it levels out. While the hop flavors level out at the end, an alcohol taste comes into the flavor, leaving a nice warming aftertaste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of this brew is on the creamier side with a lower level of carbonation. While creamy, it is not as thick as would have been expected from its abv. and bready taste and smell. The lower carbonation suits the beer well although the body would be better a little chewier.
Overall – This is a barleywine with a nice taste and great smell. Its mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but overall it is a good brew to sit back and enjoy.
wihlan (227) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fin mörk kopparfärg med en skumkrona som drar åt det beigare hållet. Doftar maltigt och har en tydlig beska. Man känner en viss värme från alkoholen.
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kryon (1332) - SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with medium copper white head
Aromas of caramel, dried fruits, peach n apricot marmalade, tropical fruits
Intense bitterness built up by a great malt body. Loads of caramel, hoppy tropical fruits, corn syrup, dried fruits. Great BW!
cheap (3967) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2014
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
From a tap. Typical high alky coarse American barley wine wannah bee. Color is somewhat orange. No co2, needs aged. Strong alky think all over. Cloying. Warming sensations great my tummy.
beer-yum (439) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Easily the best barley wine I’ve ever had (albeit they’re not usually my thing). So strong and so good it needs to come with a warning - but I suspect I’d be ignored after the first sip.
Brentv (309) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle, pours a murky copper color with a yellowish head. Aroma of caramel. Tastes moderately sweet with a good bit of balanced bitterness. Delicious. Medium full mouthfeel. Bitter aftertaste. This beer starts with a perfect balance between sweet and bitter, develops a nice sweetness and complex flavor. Finishes mildly bitter. A real pleasure to drink.
dslam (34) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lovely copper red color with a little white head. Light aroma with a little hops and something sweet that I can not put my finger on. Taking the first sip, starts off very nice and smooth. It coats your entire mouth and feels great. But after a couple seconds I feel an overpowering bitterness take over my mouth, almost forcing me to take another sip. I think I feel the alcohol on this a lot more than regular. Maybe cause I am trying my best to avoid the after taste. I also feel a little burning sensation in my throat. I generally look forward to barley wines but I don’t like this one too much.
pictoman (443) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle (2013 classic release). Hazy light amber brown with off-white head. Aroma of caramel and bread malt, mild hops, alcohol. Flavour has an overpowering piney bitter finish with a little kick of alcohol. Maybe it was just this bottle, but the balance on this one is pretty off in my opinion.