brokensail (15570) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy copper colored pour with an off-white head. Sweet brown sugar and toffee on the nose. A bit of alcohol, yeast, leather, and cardboard. Light grassy hops, too. Taste is a bit bland. Mostly just sweet caramel and toffee, perhaps some brown sugar. Fairly boozy, some leather, cardboard, and a bit of tobacco.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from yobdoog. Thanks, Trevor!
Pours a thick, silky cheddar orange with an aroma of light chardonnay-soaked plumb, sweet and cedary bread, and attic must swirling around fresh timber. Very woodsy and vinuous nose. Flavor is full of fresh timber, light cedar, and hoppy attic air with chunks of light white wine-soaked bread and dark fruit. Very light fruit notes and heavy wood notes; I like this switch in flavors. I find, at times, the heavy dark fruit barley wines to be a bit much; but I like this one; the woodsy notes are much appreciated and pleasant, allowing the alcohol burn to linger in the finish. Slippery mouthfeel. I’d love more of this beer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewpub on 07/12/2010. Cloudy orange body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet earthy and floral hop aroma on a caramel and earthy pale malt background. Sweet earthy and caramel malt flavor with some light earthy, floral and grassy hop notes. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bomber shared by maniac. Pours a hazy dull orange with fair offwhite head. Nose is lots of sugary sweet caramel. Flavor is much of the same, with loads of caramelization, and a decent english hop bitterness do a good job of hiding the abv. Not quite pleasant warming sensation as it goes down.
thornecb (5402) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber into a snifter. Off-white head quickly recedes to hug rim. Sweet caramel and oak aromas. Full with upfront hot, sweet caramel turning to bitter resin in the lasting finish.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
on tap at the brewery, where they seem to think that barleywines should be served warm. maybe a little, but 50+ degrees F is pushing it. the warmth brought out the flavors in this one, and the flavors were not very good. some sweetness and hoppiness, but also some unpleasant smokiness. the texture is thin and doesn’t hold its carbonation. barleywine is my favorite style and I couldn’t even finish this one.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at BCTC 2009. Pours a cloudy deep amber with thin head. Aroma is caramel malts, honey and lyles syrup sweetness, with lots of warm fermentation esters- prune, fig, dried apricots, etc, brown sugar and alcohol warming. Flavor is big caramel malts, sweet brown sugar, some molasses, diacetyl comes in as it warms- butterscotch and caramel and hints of green apple skin. Nothing complex here- and some flaws.
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Draught) Pours a cloudy deep amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, honey, raisins, and citrus. Flavor of caramel, raisins, plum, honey, and some herbs with a dry, bitter finish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A generously hopped English style barley wine. Good brew.
How: Bottle 22oz. Vintage 2008. Shared at an informal tasting with a few of the Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy golden amber body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: A lot of sweet caramel with a crisp brown sugar sensation. Overall the malt side of the beer tastes like a homemade sugar pie. Then comes the leafy hops, quite a lot of them. Unlike most I like when my Barley Wines do not feel too sweet and it is the case here thanks to a generous amount of the leafy hops. The beer is too simple to give it high marks yet I could down pints of this things. At the tasting I noted that the hopping was really english-style and now I see that it is indeed an English-style barley wine. Triskelion! I didn’t even know it was a word. I had to look it up. Well, thanks to this beer I know one new word. And this is one that I will use as often as “please” and “thanks”.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(BCTC, draft) Minimal head atop dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, cherry, earthy/grapefruit, light spice. Taste is medium sweet, straw/grapefruit, some caramel, light raisin. Medium-full body, low carbonation, some stickiness.