Shot (362) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle. Pours a cloudy golden red with a thin but creamy head. Aromas are delicious caramel malt and citrus hops. Flavors are caramel malt, butterscotch, dried apricot, and biscuit. Big, boozy finish with floral hop bite. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel. This is a massive, huge, bold barley wine. Lovely. This one is a keeper.
ChainGangGuy (4690) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.
Appearance: Pours a medium-to-dark brown body, somewhat murky in appearance, with a very slim, off-white head. Modest lacing.
Smell: Bernese is big on the toast (bread and grains, maybe grainy breads), as well as bold on the sweet-smelling caramel and toffee. Studded with fragrant dried orange peel and raisins. Splashed lovingly with alcohol.
Taste: A big boatload of caramel and heavily toasted breads and grains with a thin, thin edge of roastiness. Splash of toffee liqueur for a bit of belly-warming heat turns to fruity touches of macerated raisins as well as some tangy, bitterish orange rind backed by lightly resiny, leafy hops with moderate bitterness aided by the booze. Fairly warming, caramelly, sweetish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: While not the tightest, best BW around and a little rough around the edges, it’s still big, sweet, warming and plenty malty. Pretty good.
RocknSkol (5) - - APR 4, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Barleywine! Deep, luscious, complex flavors with a sweet / bitter balance that is spot on.
Ron (3388) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden red with a thin but creamy head. Aromas are of caramel malt and citrus hops. Flavors are caramel malt, butterscotch, apricot, and biscuit. Big, boozy finish with floral hop bite. Creamy mouthfeel. Lots of alcohol. This is true to barley wine style.
ryecatcher (1237) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Procured these on my most recent trip to the 216 last week. Pours a ruddy brown, murky with big creamy tan head and perhaps the best retention I’ve seen on a barleywine ever. Nose is chewy malts, dried fruit, candy sugar, orange peel, caramel. Mouth is medium-full for the style, sweetness up front with figs, dates, caramel, prunes, toasted bread, medium bitterness, ABV warmth at the finish. Tasty and a good beer for late night in mid-March when it’s raining and crappy.
rondphoto (3547) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Aroma of earthy malt and light toffee. Cloudy bright mahogany amber, bubbly beige head cover. sheets of lace. Taste is deep earthy malt with fruit-cake fruit and alcohol warmth. Minimal fizz on the swallow, followed by stronger alcohol in the finish. A power brew, leans too heavily on the alcohol, not enough on the malt, and hops are nearly non-existent.
rumproasts (4698) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Amber with small head. A bit sweet with a rich caramel malt body. Hops have receded some, but are still there. Medium booze, but not harsh. Pretty well done barleywine.
AlmostHome (55) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle to frosty glass. Great beer. Good malty, bread-like taste. Aroma reminds me of a dark, German bread. Color isn't as dark as I'd have thought nor is the head as thick. Very good beer.
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Lubiere (12241) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A reddish copper ale with a thin lacing off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light grassy floral hops, grapefruit pulp, vinous character, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet caramel malt with treacle, grassy floral hops, grapefruit pulp, vanilla fudge, alcohol warmth, very nice. On tap at Ginger Man NYC.
HoppyScallywag (260) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a typical, delicious barley wine. This one has heavy malts with a rye finish that hangs on the palate. I'm not sure what the ABV is on this but it's gotta be up there, but it's good at masking it. I would definitely get this again.
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duganc (21) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Eh... Not bad. Let’s say it’s a summer barley wine. Not as big as one would expect from a bw. Took a chance and bought a case at Shangy’s. Ought to last a while