after4ever (6527) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750. Pours a clear medium amber with a loose and creamy tan head. Sweet malty caramel nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty dark caramel and toasted brown bread on the mid palate. Long toasty caramel finish.
ineedbeer (1038) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bottle - Batch No. 66.
Aroma has a nice, darker caramel character with quite a bit of toffee. Faint roast and chocolate notes. Moderate raisin, fig and prune with a bit of alcohol spice. Light, earthy hop notes. Medium light honey and oxidation notes. A faint, slightly off, seaweed note.
Pours a somewhat cloudy copper color with some burnt amber and light brown hues. Somewhat small, daily thin tan head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin film that lingers, slightly thicker on the edges. Light lacing with medium sized legs.
Flavor has a light tartness in it with a moderately strong, harsh metallic character. Moderate bitterness. Some cherry and faint berry fruit notes along with raisin and prune. Medium caramel and toffee notes along with faint roast and toasted bread. Metallic aftertaste with some caramel and toasted bread. Some alcohol spice in the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall this really isn’t a good barleywine, but I am sure age had something to do with the acidity. The aroma is far better than flavor. I doubt the age really had anything to do with the harsh, metallic aftertaste.
Bacterial (1985) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery - amber pour with an off white head and lots of lacing. Very hoppy with some sweetness and booze in the finish. Pretty nice.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On 06/18/2011. Somewhat hazy orange body with a medium frothy tan head. Sweet fruit and light caramel aroma. Sweet caramel fruit and light floral flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle via a trade I did a few years ago. Can’t remember who sent it- thanks, Southern California nice guy! Bottled 4 February 2010. I actually thought it was older by a year or so. Anyway, pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with some red-orange hue and a moderate off-white head. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, rye, dried fruits (raisin, fig), and a steady, warming booze throughout. The hops have pretty much died here due to my 3+ year cellaring of it. Medium-bodied, with a boozy, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonatoin. Nice barley wine.
Strykzone (5353) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at esbls. Left by Hayduke. Opaque red gold. A blotchy off white head. This smells like a barley wine. Malty and grainy. Big fruit is tasted. Hops are fruity and floral. This is sweet and it hides the abv well. Nice.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Clearish amber orange with a big foamy off white head. Aroma of herbal tea, spice, caramel, citrus and floral. Flavor is sweet honey malt, musty yeast, spicy and alcohol. Medium body with active carbonation. Very interesting beer, sweet, spicy, musty, herbal, it has a lot going on and comes together fairly well.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5251) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled on draft at the House of 1000 beers this beer poured a caramel-brown color with a small foamy tan head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. The aroma was sour with toasted caramel, fig and Worcestershire sauce. The flavor was sour toasted caramel, fig, apple, Worcestershire sauce and tobacco with an astringent and medicinal undertone. Medium length finish of caramel, apple and Worcestershire sauce. Medium body though a bit undercarbonated. Disappointing.
lobotomizdgoat (18) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Toasty, hints of caramel, bready aroma, moderate, woody hops yielding a balanced finish.
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
holy nuts this is good. On tap at Kinetic Brewing company. Nose of light stone fruits, peaches, apricots, vanilla, florals. Pours a light yellow with a large head for a beer this heft. Taste is sweet and light with a very hidden alcohol presence. This almost comes across as refreshing. Overall I am going to make sure to pick this up next timeI see it. DEFINITELY! NOT a barleywine! but something to seek out for sure.