hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish pour. Citrus/hoppy notes in aroma. Pine, grapefruit, citrus flavor. Finish is bitter and sweet.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage shared by the other Matt, thanks Huhzubendah.
Beer is surprisingly yellow (although upon closer examination it is called BLONDE, I’m not smart) with moderate to low carbonation and a thin white head of small and medium bubbles, not much lacing.
For a barelywine, it is quite hop forward, lots of resiny piny hop flavors in the nose...earthy at times too. I can pick up the malt but this is a hop bomb.
The leadoff here is alcohol and sweetness giving way in the midpalate to the pine hops. The hops are strong in flavor and force the palate to experience them, burying the alcohol significantly. I suppose this is one strategy to cover up alcohol, I wonder how this ages.
Serving type: bottle
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2010 On tap at barley island in BR. Nose is lots of hops. Pours golden amber with thin white head. Lots of hops with a characteristic sweetness that comes with barley wines. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel that goes down nicely. A very good barely wine, if a little generic.
Tortman18 (188) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. Bottle. Pours a beautiful red/amber with minimal white head and decent lacing. Aroma is a mix of grapefruit with cherry. Very sweet. There is something else I can’t describe, possibly sparkling grape. Taste is very sweet up front with a pungent, citrus note. There is a slight hoppy undertone that lingers. Overall a very good beer, but definitely doesn’t live up to the hype. Of course my barley wine knowledge is very limited.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks pailhead not sure on the vintage . Pours a ruby amber with little to no head what else do you expect from an aged barley wine. Huge alcohal flavor backed by a carmely malt flavor. Huge hop flavor with sone pine citrus and a doughy malty finish ..
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yellow wax. Pours a dark transparent caramel colored body with a tight off-white head. Smells of caramel, vanilla and candied almonds fill the nose. The pallate is smooth and just a bit dry but with very little alcohol soak. Flavors of caramel malts, vanilla, dates, and dried dark fruit dominate and I know it sounds weird but I got some sense of a chewing on the wooden stick after eating a drumstick, the ice cream treat... whatever. I was blown away by the balance of this beer. It was rich and dessert like, amazing.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from Three Floyds on DLD.
Pours a delicious fat golden amber with off white head. The aroma is complex with notes of caramel, apricot, apple, spicy hops, citrusy hops, and piney hops. The flavor is equally delicious, pummeling my tongue with caramels, fruits, alcohol, and hops. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky but great. Overall, this is very well balanced and delicious. Another win for the Floyds and Co.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn. Rating #667 for this beer. 666 would have been sweet. Caught 4 bottles of 07 @ $5 a pop. Had 08 on draft. Nothing in comparison. Bottle better, so rated. Deep hazy ruby amber. Thick, smooth, enduring tan head. Smell is just, wow! Overload of citrus, caramel and fruit in the nose. Taste is big. Sticky. Cherries, berries, citrus, pine, and caramel. Impressive hops year+ after bottling. Warming, but not apparently hot. Almost an oaky edge. 1299 would be reasonable. Just too pricy to indulge. Savor.
tdoyledesign (178) - 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.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Despite the recommendation to wait till fall to open this monster, I had to drink this. Mahogany pour has brief off-white head and an explosive nose of piney hops, cherry, and caramel. Lively carbonation and hoppiness give this barleywine a real vitality. Flavor is hop-forward richness that did manage, even with my over-anxious opening of a fresh batch, bring forth malty dimensions dominated by a sticky sweet caramel. One of the best American barleys, hands down.