wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Upon pouring, the most prevalent character is aroma(slightly unpleasant malt aroma--rot in wort??)--very hoppy, and caramel sweet with toffee overtones. Appearance is brownish-red, small tannish head. Flavor is sweet, a little bit unpleasant in malt, but quite hoppy, and caramel is prevalent again. Better when warmer, but still slightly off-putting in flavor.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a very light white head. Kind of a vegetable smell. Sort of like tomatoes or ketchup. Condiments galore. Taste is somewhat sweet and powerful. Really comes at you. I get really wierd flavors and smells in this beer. I almost get like a spaghetti sauce or something in the taste. Really wierd. Unlike any other beer Ive ever had in its complex and unusuallness. I dont know. Dont ask.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON, thanks!
Pours a hazy ruby-brown color, with a smallish tan colored head. Aroma is caramel, malt, alcohol, herbs. Flavor is similar, medicinal, cough syrup like. Palate is full bodied, mildly carbonated, sweet, sticky, herbaceous finish. Since I’ve been sampling many reallly good BW lately, this may get an unfair trial. Something was funky.
Beffrey2 (36) - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2007
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 The Barleywine is my least favorite so far of the Duck-Rabbit brews. Color is brown with a slight bit of red...kind of like tea. The head and lacing is very long lasting. Beer has a very strong caramel note, very sweet. The aftertaste is awful, it took me hours to get rid of the taste, which reminded me of medicine! Every other aspect of the beer was fine, just the taste was off. This was my first Barleywine, not a good exp.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up by jayg while on vacation. Very dark amber. 4cm of thick, frothy, tan head leaves a coat of lacing. Aroma is sweet, pungent past ripe fruit, rich malt, zesty yeast, and subtle alcohol. Same flavors. Very yeasty, light caramel, bitter earthy hops in the background. Dry finish. Unique take on barleywine. Full body is just smoother than balanced. Very good, should be excellent in about 6 months or a year.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. It’s slightly sweet with notes of rotten fruit and band-aid phenol notes. Don’t know if this was just a bad bottle or if it’s just a bad beer. Will definitely have to try it again.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to DrBayern! Pours a clear dark amber color with a nice foamy off-white head on top. Aroma is full of sweet malts with pine hops, toffee, sugar, and apples coming through. Flavor is full of sweet fruit, sugar, caramel, and spicy and piney hops. This is definitely one of the sweetest barelywines I have had considering how fresh this beer is. Alcohol gives the beer warmth also but nothing over the top. Quite an enjoyable barleywine. I guess I haven’t experienced many english-style barleywines so this beer makes that style interesting. I will have to try more similiar to it. I think it would be quite interesting to age this beer also since it is already developed into what Bigfoot is after a few years.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Magjayran. Thanks!
pours crystal clear light copper with a nice big off whited head. good lacing. aroma dominated by strong piney hops with hints of wood and toffee. flavor sweet and slightly tart cherry bitter caramel and spicy hints. medium dry sweet/tart cherry black pepper finish. warm alcohol throughout. full thick body. nice on a snowy night like tonight.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma was earthy with a strong Belgian yeast presence. Strong esters of citrus and phenols of pepper ruled the aroma. Behind the citrus and spice was a tart malty presence. The amber beer was crystal clear and touted a strong off-white head which rose very tall and laced the glass. The flavor was malty and roasty and with a strong tart character which lasted for days on the palate. The flavor exhibited strong alcohol which led to a very strong warming effect post consumption. The bittering level was high and the bittering and hop flavors overshadowed the tart maltiness. In the midst of all that was a bit of a roasty character to boot. On the palate the beer was full and heading toward being viscous. The carbonation level was well done. Overall a beer with several issues, mostly the Belgian yeast aromatics and the tartness in the aroma and flavor. Drink ’em if you got ’em, saving this one would most likely be a mistake. 12 ounce bottle. Best bottle of the 4 tried thus far.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 RERATE 2006 Bottle at blind barleywine tasting:
Lot of tropical fruit now with a deep palate. Great sipping beer and a must try. AR -1, FL +1, Overall: no change.
Original review: (3.8) 2006 Bottle from Ross and served in my Unibroune snifter: A tawny hue with a nice initial foamy off-white head with fades by left a good ring and very good lace. The nose detects plum and orange, cane sugar, resiny and spicy hops, caramelized malts, and a note of star anise. The flavor profile starts with a healthy hit of sweet fruit and sticky sugars blended with leafy hop bitterness. Midpoint is found a sharp smack of alcohol but it is not dominate. The finish displays some spicy notes, anise and clove seems to the characteristic here along with a hint of medicinal phenols. The mouth feel is lush and sticky but hardly cloy. There is a moderate warming and youthful brashness found as the aftertaste. Overall, a solid beer with some good things going for it. Still it is also a bit rough on the flavor profile but some aging should help that. Get one for now and one for later.