DuffMan (7991) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Muddy amber with golden highlights. Surprisingly hoppy aroma, pink grapefruit, toffee. Maltier palate, chewy toffee, but with an ambitious hop load. This straddles the line between malty DIPA and hoppy barley wine. Very tasty!
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Buy this, but DO NOT DRINK IT. It needs to cellar for a while. I will not review it now. It has all the flavors, sweet bready, toffee malt, aged earthy hops and big alcohol throughout, but the flavors have not blended together yet. Lay it down for at least 6 months, number ratings are for beer in its current state, which is good, but no where near is potential.
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at Celebrate Local. Clear copper in color with a medium beige head. Aroma of grainy malt, caramel and slight hop. Malt, caramel and toffee in the flavor with a grassy hop finish.
matthewjk (977) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another day, another barley wine stuffed down your dumb-ass throat. So what...this is pretty good stuff--sticky, sweet, and enticing. When it comes down to it, Bernese will knock you on your ass!
DrSilverworm (8538) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dutch’s. Keg is labeled 10.5%. Pours a half hazy dark brown red color. "Sangria", as Color Grab describes it. Thin off-white head. Leaves plenty, thicker lace. This stuff is surprisingly hopppy! Drinks close to a double IPA, with a big sturdy english-style malt backbone. Big earthy hop character, toasty malt. Bigger bitterness, much less sweet than expected. Very light alcohol warmth in the end, it’s pleasant. Bigger body, lightly slick. Smooth, lighter, lightly soft, almost creamy carbonation. Drying in the finish. This is a delicious, hoppy barley wine. Way less of the tropical fruity sweet maltiness that is often way overdone in barley wine (though a bit is there... would probably come out more as this ages). Much better than expected. Probably very fresh, I think (date not labeled on the keg).
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel malts, perfume and citrus hops. Dark amber hue with an average off-white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily with an average carbonation. Overall an odd duck of a Barley Wine. Very heavy on the hops but the malt profile is very one dimensional. The hops are brutal and a bit over the top which make this brew come off unbalanced. I’m thinking some age on it would probably help but I don’t know how much.
b3shine (6570) - Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks solid; a transparent orange with ample foamy off-white head. Smells sweet and malty with otes of toffee. Tastes like it smells, but way less balanced. Hot and boozy too. Average (at best) on the palate. Not my thing.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 3/12/13. Pours an almost translucent red amber with a dense, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is earthy, grass, citrus, vanilla, alcohol, dry, fruity. Taste is bittersweet, dry fruitiness, vanilla, grass, cereal, earthy, citrus rind, burnt caramel; finish is leather, vanilla and citrus peel. Highly drinkable and smooth considering the high ABV. Nice lacing throughout. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. More bright and elevated in aroma and flavor than I was expecting. Doesn’t showcase the malty characteristics so much as I like in a barley wine. Tasty, interesting, enjoyable. Misses some points for style.
r464 (2038) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper with a fizzy tan head. Deep dark malt, caramel with some raisin and fig, then a substantial hops finish. Strong and full. Not bad, but not a standout for the style.
Drake (10498) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 ounce bottle from Bruisin. Pours a hazy brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee malt, bitter citrus hops. The taste is bitter hops, toffee, strong lingering booze. Medium bodied, hot, pretty messy.