BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wouldn’t at all consider this one a barleywine...not thick, malty, but the alcohol is evident. Rusty colored pour with a dense eggshell head that left a decent amount of lacing. Caramel, yeast, citrus, banana, vanilla, rye...and fusel alcohol. Not a big fan...
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally had this at the brewery before it was released, but didn’t get around to any notes until we opened an official bottle at the RBSG09 tasting. Copper with a big white head. The aroma is sweet, spicy, fruity, and earthy. Telegraph yeast is a unique beast, and combines with the rye and hops to create a unique earthy and fruity impression on the nose. Not really like and other barley wine that I’ve come across. Dry and almost belgian in character, with plenty of hops for balance, but not close to many American barley wines. Starts sweet, spicy and caramel laden, but finishes earthy and dry. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. As long as you go into this expecting a unique beer that isn’t going to compare to any idea you may have of a barley wine, it’s pretty cool.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle marked Mar 13, 2009. from the brewery I have held onto for over a week and a half...Was expecting to have the first rate, oops. Pours with a hazy orange body and a huge rocky white head. Aroma of rye, caramel, banana esters, vanilla and orange zest. Taste is rye, spicy, plastic and vanilla. Not very drinkable. Medium carbonation and light bubbles.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: July 12, 2009
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: clear copper, wispy off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel flavorm nice balancing earthyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
hopscotch (9162) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Cloudy, dirty orange ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Good, fat-bubbled retention. Fruity, spicy rye aroma – a touch earthy and a little caramely, but the rye is truly the star of this show. Mega full-bodied and velvety with lively carbonation. The flavor is sweet and a touch tangy - also dry, grainy and spicy. Bittersweet, rye-dry finish. I could be wrong, but I think this may be my first rye wine? You never forget your first. I’ve now had wheat wine, oat wine and rye wine. What’s next, Sorghum wine? God, please, No! Kudos to Beerlando for sharing the bottle!
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a large creamy tan head and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is malt, hops, rye, spices, esthers, yeast, citrus, banana, a little earthiness. Flavor is alcoholic, malts, spices, esthers, yeasts, phenols, bitter grapefruit zest, hops, dough, rye. Alcohol is very apparent and distracting in this brew despite all the other good qualities that are displayed. Strange, alcopop barleywine. But not overly horrible if you can get past the booziness. I wish Superdave were here to chug the rest of this, but since he’s not here I go!
larryLSB (422) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 750 at RBSG 09, golden/amber with nose of fruit and vanilla with subtle malt and rye aroma. Tastes ofrye, hops, and citrus. Very good brew.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, bottled in March 09 and consumed July 09. Pours a hazy, dark, orange-amber hue with a minimal, wispy head of beige foam. Few, thin arches of lacing mark the glass. The nose is heavy on sweet rye malt, with spicy orange peel, estery yeast, and some Hefe-like banana phenols. Citrus hops lend balance, but don’t entirely counter the rye. There’s no mistaking it as a big brew, as it smells a little boozy. The flavor shows a good amount of spiced, bready dough, with sweet, clean rye grain again showing strong. Peppery orange and grapefruit hops come through on the finish. Syrupy and warm, the mouthfeel leaves a good deal to be desired. Strange brew, with the hefty rye and weizen-esque characteristics. This one grows on you over time.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Yeasty bread notes, along with the thicker malt aromas in barleywines. Corked bottle and gusher so have a sink or extra glass handy. Bigg head need to wait till it settles for a good pour. Wet barley grain along with some fruit and chewy bread in the mix. Alcohol makes the eyes weary so share with friends or just enjo at home. Good nightcap.
MuertosPorter (24) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber pour with about an inch of off white head. Sweet molasses aroma. Prickly sweet spiciness on the palate. burnt sugar, carmel, toffee, pepper, orange peel, bread dough, carraway. A slight whisky like alcohol warmth in the finish. The spiciness of the rye lends a nice complement to the full bodied rich malty sweetness. Very interesting. Highly recommended!