fattybladdy (498) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap, 2009 version, part of a Stone sampler @ Beer Exchange. Pours a hazy orange. Taste is strong, alcohol and malt. Bitter finish. Not really my thing.
fitwitchik (242) - USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber into a Stone Brewery Snifter a dark amber with a tan head.
Aroma is sweet caramelized pine needles.
Flavor is sugared hops malty biting-deliciously balanced on the palate . LOVE this American style barleywine. Have past 4 years laying down. One day will have an epic vertical celebration.
Howlader (700) - - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had both in bottles and on draught, aged and fresh - very good barley wine.
Osprey87 (1367) - WALES - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brewdog, at 11%. Dark orange, hazy, decent foamy white head. Aroma is strong sweet caramel, rose and other floral notes, pine, alcohol. Body is medium, rich, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is sweet toffee apple. Very sweet - one dimensionally so - but not to the extent that it becomes unbearable. Piney hop is almost obscured by the sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty good actually.
Stuu666 (1442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh, 2010 edition. Pours hazy amber, toffee, caramel, dry and bitter.
SimonTja (221) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Biscuity, rich malty, sticky, but not sweet, soapy hop feel with a spicy touch. Very mellowed out and drawn out taste with a peak in the end with a soapy hop bitterness and drawn out bitterness. Quite dry for a barley wine, some apricot and plum fruit to it.
closey22 (784) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber rimming beige head; malty aroma; Flava is rich malty some earthy notes of horseradish but not the heat; feels medium some fizz;’finishes dry bitter some sweet malty notes
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 (448) - - 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 (203) - 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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