penstemon (92) - - DEC 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle says "Release date 4/2/13". Pours mahogany with a light yellowish-tan head. Aromas of orange peel, raisin, some other dark dried fruit, dark bready malt, and caramel. Taste is orange, citrus peel, dark dried fruit, and sweet malt, with a hint of chocolate and nuts. Pretty strong bitterness, a little too strong IMO. Overall a pretty solid barleywine, but nothing stands out all that much.
HonkeyBra (2873) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GABF2013. Pours a rich reddish color with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, malty, with red fruits, caramel, toffee. Some burnt sugar, some oxidation. Flavor is rich, sweet, malt forward, with some firm hop presence. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Finishes sweet with a slash of hops.
portableparty (1879) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Jeff. Pours hazy amber with a thin creamy off white head that fades to a thin film. Aroma is sweet brunt sugar caramel and mild hops in the background. Taste is sweet caramel malt and subtle alcohol. Palate is medium warming and dry.
Bacterial (861) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet hoppy and a little bitter on the finish. Really nice and smooth. Slightly hazy amber. White head.
TheHOFF43 (1435) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Bacterial! Pours a slightly hazy orange with some quickly disappating head. Aroma is sweet, flavor is also sweet, caramel and hops.
kathouse (726) - Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very strong caramel and toasted aromas. Cloudy orange, browns, and a thin head. Sweet, sticky toffee; heavy cream; toasted oats; whole wheat; good body and more sweetness in the finish. I like this beer but I donít think the bitterness balances this out and it becomes cloying.
deyholla (5403) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet grains, a touch of caramel with a hint of light fruits. Flavor has caramel, sweet grains and a bit of toffee with just a hint of light fruits.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler flight on tap at the brewery (Las Vegas, NV). Pours a deep darker copper pour, healthy luscious glow with no real haze at all. A small frothy ring dies to a tannish loose layer, laces small. Aromas are sticky and sweet caramel, bread, biscuit, orange marmalade. A bit thicker and full on the nose, gentle allspice, some earth, but sticky and sweeter feel. Initial is firmer end of medium bodied, some sticky malts meet red fruit, touches of red twizzler, caramel, and biscuits. Some toffee, toast, and gentle sticky toffee. Middle is a bit of oxidation, toffee, and some gentle dryness, an mellow warmth starts to hit the palate. Some gentle toastiness, a bit sticky, well carmelized into the backend. Toasty, a bit dry, lots of carmelized malts. Finish is that linger flavor profile, a bit nutty, caramel and carmelization, a bit toasty and a bit sweet. This is a pretty solid beer, just under the circumstances itís a harder sell (Labor Day in Vegas).
Bule (435) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a copper brown color with some frothy head. Lots of malty flavors and some noticeable sweetness. Overall very mild flavored and nothing harsh.
superspak (1926) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/13/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, brown sugar, pine, floral, grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, biscuit, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, orange zest, grapefruit, raisin, floral, brown sugar, biscuit, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, floral, orange zest, grapefruit, raisin, floral, brown sugar, biscuit, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, syrupy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barelywine style. All around great balance and complexity of deep malt and pine/citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.