CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Rileyís Wines of the World in downtown Madison. This has been sitting in my pantry for some time, and I was waiting for a special occasion to drink it, but fuck that. This poured out leathery brown in color. It had a huge caramel malt bouquet, with a subdued pine hop aroma. A pungent booze aroma leaped out, and made this nearly cloying. Sometimes, too much of something is not a good thing. The flavor was more of the same - booze, caramel malt, pine hop. Rather messy, in my opinion. It seems as though itís just trying to be bold, and big, without being harmonized. Iím glad to have finally tried this, but I canít say that this stood out as one of the top barley wines Iíve ever tried. It had the texture and appearance of a great barley wine, however.
Westmeister (1865) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Popped after a long HMOG weekend. This is something I have been wanting to try for quite some time and finally was able to get one in a trade. Pours a murky orange/brown with an off white head. Smell is big sweet caramel malty, hops, bit of light biscuit. Taste rides that perfect line of sweet caramel, citrus hops, fruity, some bits of welcome booze. I love big sweet American barleywines and this is a damn fine example.
Prufrockstar (1217) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, thanks to Jeff. Pours somewhat murky brown. Aroma: caramel, herbal and resinous hops, some toffee but overall aroma is muddled -- a murky mix of big flavors that feel like they were thrown together just because. Taste: all kinds of meh. Palate: full body, soft carbonation. Overall: muddy.
olr1984 (1163) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 22oz bomber pours a hazy light brown with an off white head. Pretty hoppy for a year old. It almost tasted like an old ipa over a barley wine. Still great beer very sweet malt taste.
fitwitchik (369) - USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a red wax bomber bought at 3F in 2012 into a 3F Teku glass amber red with a lacy beige head that laces beautifully down the side of the glass.
Aroma is hoppy yet highly sweet. Very faint alcohol.
Flavor is molasses thick sweet with lots of citrus hops like a sugar pine tree. 10.5% ABV well hidden. Bitter sweet finish.
Extremely well balanced. Fave barley wines are American & this one is pretty much PERFECT!!
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at 3F. Pours an auburn color with no head. Aroma is molasses and malts. Taste is pleasantly sweet and hides the ABV well. Palate is well balanced with subtle hints of sugar, malts and molasses. One of the better barleywines I have had.
oRos (1227) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by dodgrblu at california 10k event. Poured ruby red with big hop aroma. Taste was slightly roasted with a big hop finish. Excellent
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rerateed 26.02.2014, 0,65l bottle (blue wax, blood fresh 2014 edition) sampled @ MAD Beer Brewing release @ Mielcke & Hurtigkarl:
Small slightly bubbly mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly fresh fruity, hop pellets, newly cut lawn, leafs, citrus peel, hints of pine needles. Taste is slightly concentrated fresh grassy, hop pellets, leafs, grass, pine needles, caramel malts, sap, dried fruits. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice enough, way too fresh for a barleywine, and maybe more in the triple IPA direction as it is now. (Rerated from 11.05.2012, tap @ CBC).
DesertDevil (564) - Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle. Orange-amber pour with a white head. Malt-heavy aroma with sweet caramel, orange peel, and a bit of oak. Awesome sweet boozy taste of smooth caramel, oak resin, light citrus, some toffee, and a solid amount of both piney and earthy hops. Great sticky texture. A top-flight barleywine.
CpyNPrnT (432) - Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 I am not one to normally drink barley-wine style beers, but this was a treat. Not overly sweet, with a nice balance of malt and surprisingly hops. A beer to try. Nicely done FFF.