FestDecBeet (389) - - APR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2014 Served: 22 oz bottle
Vintage: 2013 Blue Wax Cap
Look: pours a cloudy dark amber. Little to no head off white
Smell: sweet. Fruity. Cherries. Strawberries.
Taste: heavy alcohol.
Feel: good carbonation leaves a thick film like an IPA.
Overall: good beer. Very hoppy. Like the
First drank: 6/14/14 Jenna's graduation.
Jaysbeers (85) - - APR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (blue wax) to glass. A deep amber color. Smells like a hoppy 3F beer. A full mouth feel, and balanced taste. At the very end, a slight raisin sweetness. Nice!
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Lothore (583) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Pours a deep orange huen with a nice, frothy head.
S- Sweet, light fruit, molasses, hints of date.
T- Lots of malt, starts off with deep brown sugar and raisin and moves to a huge hop back end that is very bitter and has a bit of an alcohol burn.
M- Thick with medium carb.
D- This could certainly use some aging but I liked it a lot. The look kind of threw me off but it really comes together.
CheersMate (1313) - 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 Riley’s 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 it’s just trying to be bold, and big, without being harmonized. I’m glad to have finally tried this, but I can’t say that this stood out as one of the top barley wines I’ve ever tried. It had the texture and appearance of a great barley wine, however.
Westmeister (1994) - 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 (1365) - 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 (1233) - 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 (390) - 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 (1298) - 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