rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a very dark brown with a tiny light tan head. Some splotchy lacing on top but good foam around the edge of the glass.
Aroma is dark fruit and burnt sugar. A touch of pine and oak notes but it is all very weak. I was really hoping the aroma would pop a little more than it does.
The flavor has a huge shot of hop bitterness right off the bat. The hops really overwhelm whatever subtle flavors might be present. As the beer warms, some more dark fruit and oak comes through but it is still hampered by the bitterness. Sweet and pretty thick mouthfeel with some alcohol warmth on the finish.
Overall, I had very high hopes for this beer and feel a bit let down. Maybe a couple years on this will ease the bitterness but I feel like there are some really good flavors buried in there.
fakebeersnob (220) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have had a few barley wines before and have not liked any. I got nervous after I bought a six pack of this and saw that it is considered a barley wine and not an old ale like Curmudgeon.
I get a raisin type smell from it. Pours a light cola color with no head. I am getting flavors of fruit like raisins and dates. It has a dry finish too. There is another taste that I honestly cannot pick out. Part of it reminds me a bit of pine needles - but not like some types of hops. I do enjoy this beer.
I now have to look to see if barley wine and old ale are closely related, what the differences are...and is it that I like barley wine, but only the top tier ones.
joshmcg000 (369) - Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber, with tan head. Looks pretty thick. Aroma is heavy caramel malts, smells sweet. Big heavy malty body. Lots of caramel and a little bit of fruity sweetness. Has a bit of piney hop bitterness also. Really good sipper.
dfinney23 (2159) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Complex aroma but taste is a bit too syrupy sweet for my taste.
Ferris (7014) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft - Sweet caramel malts. Deep cloudy Amber with a decent beige head. Boozy caramel and a orange fruity nice long sweetness. Nice and would be good to cellar and mellow a bit.
stoutnick (696) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2015 Golden caramel pour. Aroma is honey, hops, caramel chews. Taste goes with aroma but with more hop bitterness coming through. Also some resin and mild pine cutting through. Some stewed fruits on the finish. Not overly complex but certainly tasty. Nice sticky sweet finish. A very approachable American style barleywine - could do with more x factor but just solid stuff.
Blairgus (3035) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 Jan 2015, bottle. dark amber/light brown. nose is strong, pungent bread dough, moderate alcohol, raisins, some nuts, yeast, slight rancid fruit. full body and moderately fizzy. Faint nail polish alcohol up front and more just before the finish, nutty, wheat bread, alcohol, raisins. taste in my mouth after a while is meaty and charred wood, almost like eating burnt tips. this is a good (but not hoppy) barley wine.
Bule (1114) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color without any head. Huge malty aroma and flavor. Like a home brew kit extract.
mathieuc (1952) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extra from Harrison_gord, thanks Gordon! Pours a clear mahogany with a thin white head that quickly fades and doesn’t leave much lacing. Nose is of caramel, toffee and raisins. Taste is of fruity caramel, brown sugar, alcohol. Not really hot or fusel-y alcohol, just slightly boozy. Maple syrup. Body is medium-full, carbonation medium and mouthfeel slightly syrupy but surely sticky. Overall a good barleywine but not really that distinctive, needs to be a little richer or something like that.
Theydon_Bois (12078) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, thanks to GT2 for the trade, 28/12/14.
Extremely dark mahogany brown meets light black with a well appointed khaki covering that stays for the show.
Nose is toffee, dark fruit rinds, tobacco, earthy, light spice, dates, cake mix.
Taste comprises much the same, fruit cake, dates, raisens, prunes, caramelised brown sugars, almonds, woody licks.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming alcohol.
Decent barley wine, well balanced, some well tempered bitterness so it doesn’t get too sweet .