Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at the Wellington (Birmingham)
This not only got me a new county tick but helped me discover a rich beer that was completely beyond all expectations. A deceptively easy drinking barleywine might lack the ABV punch of some bigger cousins but makes up for it with a very flavorful experience.
Aroma / Appearance - The semitransparent caramel base changes to a deep brown near the top of the half pint glass. The head is a nice dusty white. Caramel, cherry pie, toasted pieces of white bread, and red Twizzlers dipped in chocolate provide a rich foundation to start from.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is like drinking cherry pie filling with a dash of water. Cherries stick in the throat as a wave of almonds and maple syrup highlight a balanced approach to a barley wine. It lacks the hop profile of many but put that down to being on cask.
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330ml bottle from Asda, High Wycombe) Pours a deep amber bordering on mahogany, with a thin off-white head. Mildly vinous at first, before strong malted barley and Weetabix characteristics develop. There’s a little fig sweetness too, but this is mainly about the grain. Initial sweetness is well balanced with the dusty bitterness of wheat chaff blown from a combine harvester. Works really well in a traditional kind of way and much better than I expected from Tring. Nice one.
gscratch (8) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite a departure from my usual IPA and Brown Ales. Malty, toffees, a little hop up front. There is a little smokyness there. Reminds me of Sherrys I tried when I was much younger. Undercarbed a little, but it bites the tip of the tongue a little anyway. Pours a bubbly finger of head, but dissipates quickly. One might think you were partaking of a flat coke looking at the glass. I quite like this though.
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear darker brown with minimal off white head that turns into a thin ring around the glass pretty quickly. Aroma is rich maltiness, caramelized, toffee, a lot of dried dark fruits, and some alcohol. Flavour is caramel, high in sweetness, toffee, nutty, earthy, some alcohol and a mild bitterness from the hops. Tasty and quite sessional-able.
Crit (3840) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A barleywine…really? Bland boring and lifeless. However, it does have a decent nose of malt molasses and alcohol.Seriously undercarbonated
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle share. Clear amber/ruby. Nutty, black berry malt aroma. Like those black berry gelatin gummies that are shaped like berries. a smokey taste. A bit of smoked fish is there? Quite thin for a barley wine.
TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tulip. Nice dark amber colour, but practically no head whatsoever. Very nice aroma, reminds me a sweet Belgian; rich roasted malt, toffee, some nuttiness. Taste also reminiscent of good Belgian ale, with good sweetness, toffee and coffee notes, roasted nut and vanilla biscuit, some mild hoppiness to add some balance. This is excellent.
madmitch76 (22309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
8th August 2012
GBBF. Hazy amber beer. Good pale tan head. Light dry palate. Fresh lactose sweet malt. Traces of spicy bubblegum esters. Very mild citrus and red berry fruits. Finishes dry with a pinch of spice, but overall a sweet barleywine.
Theydon_Bois (17221) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravity dispense at Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival 2012 - 06/10/12.
Opaque chestnut brown with no head.
Nose comprises toffee, malt, nuttiness and a little booze.
Tastes of dark fruit, raisens, nuts, toffee.
Full bodied with minimal carbonation with a little booze in the finish.
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy red with a white head. Smells of sweet caramel on the nose. Taste is a little sweet but very smooth could drink a few of these at a time.