Cavie (3634) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy exiled. Pours a clear reddish orange color with a bubbly white head. Aroma is dark malts with sharp hops. Some syrupy notes. Sharp smell. Flavor is dark malts with a maple syrup flavor with earthy hops. Hoppy bitter finish.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from peteinSD. Clear deep amber/copper with a thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, pine, dark fruit and citrus. Flavor is lightly sweet caramel malt with some pine resin hop bitterness and a very faint alcohol presence. Medium to full body with average carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouth feel. Great beer, reminds me of a slightly richer Bigfoot. Thanks Peter.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the CL Rosso Batch 3 Release. Pours brown with some beige head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, candy. Taste is fairly full bodied, malty with a light bitterness. Interesting.
drfabulous (3568) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750. Malty and sweet barley wine. The caramel stands out and gives the body its taste. Excellent balance. Very drinkable.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As always, big thanks to tOrinO for getting the Bruery bottles out to me. I owe you for that.
Really dark pour, almost completely opaque mahogany with only hints of light coming through the edges. It also sports an impressive thick creamy beige head that shows phenomenal retention as it literally refuses to recede at all.
Definitely a hoppy barley wine in the nose with thick pithy citrus in the form of grapefruit alongside resinous pine. The caramel malts are subtle with a bit of toffee and overripe fruits. Alcohol is barely noticeable.
Taste Is not quite as hoppy as the nose, but itís still hopper than most versions of the style. Sticky resinous pine up front with a more dominant caramel malt backbone than the aroma suggested. Definitely a stronger fruity sweetness as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation and is my main knock on the beer as itís verging on watery.
Tasty hop-forward barley wine but I think the Bruery could amp this up a bit and really hit a home run. I look forward to more iterations in the style from Patrick.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hopleaf. Sorta unusual for a barley wine. I like it cause i love everything about hops and everything about malts and this carries delicious qualities from both.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Alex L for being my trustee and getting these out to me. Served in a Jackie Oís snifter.
Pours a moderate copper color with a large off white head and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. Nice collar throughout. The nose brings forward a good amount of citrus hops plus some sweet malt in the background--a bit of caramel plus a nice amount of candied sugar. Favor is enhanced by a good amount of bitterness. Hops are at the front with a bit of sweet malt in the background. Body is medium with a nice bitter finish. A nice barleywine, and I am excited to see how this one ages.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-03-2011
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared with some of the MN crew. Hazy copper with light red highlights. Nice white lacing, with diminishing head. Sweet pine resins on the nose. Toffee. Caramel. On the tongue, slightly boozy, chocolate, toffee, light hops, with woody bitterness coming through at the end. Fairly thin and boozy. Just ok. Almost more like an IPA with a bit darker malts
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] shared by Armin, Caleb and Greg. Thanks guys! Pours a hazy burnt caramel with a small, soapy head. Aroma is slightly metallic, piney hops, caramel. Flavor is boozy, lots of caramel, metallic, moderate hops, not a whole lot to this one.
DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour, a little lasting carbonation and an aroma of copper and a lot of hops. Flavor is hot boozy caramel, plenty of hops and finished dry and very herbal.