GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep reddish amber with little light passing or through underneath a small thick beige head.
Aroma is sweet with carame malts and brown sugar but also has a mineral presence, presumably from the granite. There is a good bit of plums and other overripe dark fruits, soaked in booze.
Taste is sugary sweet up front, lots of molasses and fruity esters? Some earthy hops and caramel. The finish is definitely bitter, some coming from the hops, but also a bit of mineral aftertaste. Interesting.
Mouthfeel is excellent, medium bodied and really smooth with soft carbonation.
Iíve definitely had better barleywines but itís interesting and better than some of the Bruery beers Iíve had recently, so itís mainly positives for me. Definitely sweeter than I was expecting though.
FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled February 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, reasonably quickly dissapearing, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazed, pale amber with red and gold tinged hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dark, somewhat sweet, concentrated fruit character. This is backed by a nutty, toasted whole grain, spicy grain character, and caramelized malt aromatics.
Rich bodied, sweet, but not really cloying or overly thick; there is actually a certain lightness to this beer in the finish. Sweet date flavors have that earthy character that dates do in the finish. The earthy character mixes with toasted, nutty, caramelized, and earthy, spicy whole grain malt notes. There is just a hint of a bite in the finish, more from the malt and dates, than hop bitterness, but there is a bit of this as well that just becomes noticeable in the long finish.
Not bad, and an interesting, enjoyable dessert beer actually. I like that the dates add a definite character here, but that date flavors arenít all
joet (2424) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazy orange hued deep dark golden. Deep caramel aromas, touch of acetone, fig, date, alcohol heat, light butterscotch, light medium feel. A really wonderful beer thatís slightly flawed.
wedgie9 (2513) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. Tasted on 10/21/12 from a capped 750mL bottle. Pours light caramel brown with an average tan head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is caramel, date, raisin, and some alcoholic heat. The flavor is decently sweet with all of the caramel and dried fruit from the nose coming together nicely. The body is full and sticky with just lighter than average carbonation and a long caramel and date finish.
markextrae (2331) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bottle with a friend. poured a murky brown amber colour with a small tann head. sweet caramel, malts, nuts, figs, biscuit, plums, sweet honey, cherrie, syrup, fruity flavor, sweet apple compot, lotís of flavors going on here. pretty tasty beer! i think the little bit of age has improved the beer. was expecting a bit more on the abv. but it was a pretty full bodied beer for 8.5% abv
merc7186 (2653) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Raisins, Bready Malts, Mild Toffee
Appearance: Deep Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Raisins, Sweet Bread, Mild Rum, Mild Toffee
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A barleywine/stein hybrid brewed with date sugar. Nice body, quite sweet without being cloying with a dry, warming finish. Had a small sample and am looking forward to the 750 :)"
Alengrin (3536) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Specialty ale apparently made for a Californian brew pub with a fish restaurant attached to it. Off-white, coarse, quickly dissipating head, colour a deep and pure bronze, misty. Aroma nicely and refinedly perfumed, dates, raisins, chocolate, port wine, gingerbread, candi syrup, black pepper, wodka... Taste a rounded fruity sweetness in onset, but in a ícookedí and ísugaredí way (candied dates and figues, apple sauce), citrussy freshness vaguely present, then softly malty, chocolate and caramel, ginger-like spicy accents, in the finish a peppery hop bitterishness along with some warm, non-astringent alcohol. In terms of style, I would classify this as a top-fermented barley-wine interpretation of the old German Steinbier tradition, as it has apparently been caramelised with hot granite rocks.
aenima (319) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Compact aroma of raisins, caramel, fudge and figs. The taste is similar with some traces of honey. A little sweet. Incredible beer!
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours a dark orange color with virtually no head. Low carbonation. Sweet nose with caramel notes. Slightly medicinal flavor with a little mineral, burnt sugar, and a light fruitness. Weird. The alcohol is surprisingly evident at 8.5%.
LoFi (1688) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from backlog.
Dark reddish brown, beige head.
Aroma: sweet and malty, candy, light earthy, caramel and burnt sugar, steinbier (well, what I remember from the only other one Iíve had).
Taste: same as in the aroma + zootablettask, juleknšck, fruity, light burnt.
Really nice actually.