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.
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 137; Sampled December 2014
A vigorous pour into my globe glass produces a four finger thick, amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a muddled amber color that shows a mostly clear, golden amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite fruit laden; lots of fresh plum, ripe apple, red table grapes, and a bright currant compote like note are all noticeable. This is backed by a toasted whole grain bread character, that provides a touch of nuttiness to round things out. As my nose gets used to things, the fruit character becomes more suggestive of citrusy hops and caramelized grain character.
Nicely bitter up front, which lingers through to the finish; the hop bitterness is well matched by the chewy, earthy, spicy grain character though. The grain spiciness especially lingers a bit in the long finish. Up front this has a ripe, caramelized, citrus zest hoppiness that combines well with a sweet, slightly nutty, wholesome, caramelized grain character. The body has a chewy, somewhat viscous heft to it that doesn’t get cloying, but is quite appropriate for a Barlywine.
This beer is nicely balanced by the earthy, spicy rye character, the sweet, caramelized grain notes, the bitter and citrusy hop notes, and to a lesser degree by the fruit leaning fermentation character. This should age nicely for at least a couple years. This is a more than serviceable beer, and a good choice on this cold, rainy, Tucson winter’s night.
monk191 (1379) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent barleywine, nothing too memorable. Pours a nice Amber color with a white head. Smells of banana, green apple. Taste is simple but smooth, with some cream, vanilla, plums and green apple. Had in the bottle.
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[ Keg ][ 3oz ][ Telegraph ][ $1.50 ][ Mini Weizen ][ 5.2.15 ]
>> Clear light amber pour, good foam. Licorice, dates, fruitcake nose. Taste is slightly chemical, licorice, fairly bitter, brown sugar, mild orange peel balance, celery seed finish. No alcohol really, not too sticky, but the body doesn’t seem to distinguish this as barleywine from just Christmas amber ale.
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. caramel colored pour, Caramel, toffee forward, sweet malts, touch of booziness. Rye spiciness, hops have diminished a touch. Solid BW
dmac (4849) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle from Craftbeerkings. Poured a deep amber with a smaller tight fizzy head of beige. Aroma/flavor of alcohol, molasses, dry caramel, waxy vanilla, honey sweetness. Bigger bodied with stronger carbonation and decent heat that lingers. A bit too much alcohol overall.
drpimento (2533) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance is very nice with huge, cream-colored, slow to settle head, lots of sticky lace, and a clear honey amber color. Aroma is immediately caramel malt, then wet grain, no hop. Flavor’s similar to nose, carbonic tang and malt is in front then some sweet which eventually brings in some bitter for a long bittersweet finish. Some booze at the end there too. Body is very good. Decent beer, but not remarkable.
arminjewell (8754) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at Woodman, hazy reddish pour with whitehead, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, slight herbal, floral notes into some rye, spice, touch of molasses, hints of orange as well. Taste was a mix of orange, rye, slight lemon, into nice molasses, caramel, toffee, finishing with some floral, herbal hops. Nice.
SlimHabib (323) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour. Cloudy brown with a large light tan head. Caramel and rye aroma. Thick full body. Caramel, light fruit, and an alcohol aftertaste. Alcohol taste is low compared to percentage.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, amber pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, very boozy beer.
slowrunner77 (7483) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
"unique? yes. but give me a barleywine or wheatwine over this. maybe just slightly flawed in the execution, but it ended up a little light on the body and far too fruity to take too seriously. easy drinking and even refreshing...but those aren’t really things i look for in a barleywine :)"