beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 8/6/2011. This Barley Wine pours a medium reddish amber color from a 750ml bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head with nice lacing and long lasting retention. The aroma is caramel, fruity, sweet, bready, raisins and citrus. A medium to full bodied Barley Wine. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and floral. Nice carbonation. Somewhere between a Barley Wine, Double IPA and a American Strong Ale. It has aspects of all three. A lot more hoppiness in the taste than the aroma. Nicely balanced. Hides the alcohol well. But there is a touch of alcohol hotness/bite at the finish. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, yet there is some sweetness.
Mora2000 (5834) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and a lot of dark fruit and some alcohol. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of brown sugar and toffee and caramel malt. The hops are also present in the flavor and contribute some grassy and piney notes. The alcohol is present but the beer is still easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle... dark brown, murky not crisp, light tan head good, not great looking but good retention... the nose is really nice, smells like a classic barley wine but done really nice, some nice molasses with a great hop finish, classic... the taste doesnít come through as nice, disappointed, way to hoppy and the hops are a touch generic, not malt at all, bitter finish... good start but didnít finish... this grows on me after awhile
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle thanks to exiled.
Deep clear orange brew with some nice white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and pine hops - very malt forward. Taste is bitter with lots of caramel malt with sticky citrus and pine hops. ABV more apparent as it warms.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear orange body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of oak, raisins, molasses, caramel, and pine. Flavor of caramel, oak, toffee, citrus, and herbs with a moderately bitter finish.
Cavie (3829) - 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 (4135) - 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.