cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Initially, did not think of this as a BW. Been wanting to try this bullshit for a while. I think I couldn’t bring myself to pay the extra cash for this one. On tap athe bocktown monaca, nice place. Muted IPA aroma. Brownish yet clear. Nice lacing fer sure. Weird floral perfumy thing developing on the taste buds. A piercing bitter thing strats happenen in the back of the throat, not dull, sharp and pointed. Not thinking much about this brew. Distracting like a loud MP player in the back of a classroom. This ipa thing, without being an ipa is causing me great discomfort. Hey, now I see its a barelywine, heheh; yes it does hide its 10% rather well. Back of throat rude funny hicky poaking the point of an artificial hop in there. I am however, surprized to find some fizz in this BW; makes it more like a strong american ale. How can this be in the same cat as harvey’s? hehheh
ttutony (586) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown in the glass. Rich aroma of concentrated resiny hops and sweet malt. Complex, rich palate. Well done.
Cakes (344) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the keg at the 2012 Selinsgrove Beer and Wine Festival
Pours a copper amber with beige head decent lace. Aroma sugar, pine ,sweet, caramel, citrus, slight booze.Taste caramel, butterscotch, pine, citrus, brown sugar, resiny hops, with a great malt flavor taste and good bitter back ground.
jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Cheers Leighton! The pour’s deep brown with a small white head. The nose is roasted grain, lightly floral hops, some runny toffee and chocolate. The taste is spicy fruitcake, cinnamon and caramel. Creamy mouthfeel, not overly boozy. Pretty decent.
conway (907) - - SEP 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Uploading from Beer Buddy App. Notes from memory. This one stood out during an extensive session. Reminiscent of Evil Twin Freudian Slip, which is my favorite barleywine. Perfect hop/malt balance. Alcohol isn't over the top.
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Scopey (4693) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Leighton at THE Barley Wine Tasting, August 2012. It pours very dark brown, with a minimal tan head. The nose is juicy dark fruit: prune, raisin, plum, as well as light roastiness, caramel and chocolate. The taste is wood, earth, charcoal, bitter and milk chocolate, dark fruit, caramel and some meatiness, with a dry finish. Pretty boozy. Full body and fine carbonation. A solid barley wine, but nothing spectacular.
Steve_0 (1931) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pour is murky copper in appearance with a nice tan head that seems to be lingering for a while now. Great lacing. Light raisins, figs, vanilla, light wood, and caramel in the aroma, but the grapefruit and citrus hops really come through nicely on the back-end. Taste is caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee and raisins with a nice hop characteristic towards the end. Balanced sweetness upfront, but ends moderately bitter, with flavors of grapefruit and piney hops. The bitterness really masks the alcohol well and the body is creamy with soft carbonation. I really dig this barleywine because it isn’t too sweet and is quite easy to drink, which is dangerous for 10% ABV. Well-done.
Maverick34 (1912) - New York, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Moderate brown pour. Lacy yeller head. Barleywine booze scents. Taste is malt booze and mild burn.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle poured into a glass.
A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with low clarity. The head is a two finger light mocha color with impressive retention and thick sheets of lacing down the side of the glass. A good looking barleywine that showcases its amber ale roots nicely.
S: Lots of tropical fruit - mango, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple - with a bit of an herbal/pine kick as well. Darker fruit are also found when concentrating for aromatic nuances, as well as its caramel malt base and some alcohol. It doesn’t break ground, but it’s a great scent.
T: First thing I notice is how well the hops and the malt backbone coalesce with one another - it’s not a harsh barleywine despite the notable presence of alcohol. The malt backbone provides strong caramel/toffee flavors along with a bit of charred ash, tobacco and smoke. Some powdered dark chocolate on the finish. Slight resiny buildup on the aftertaste, but nowhere near to the level of Bigfoot. Alcohol is prevalent throughout, occasionally becoming a little overbearing at times. Rather than completely relying on subtle malt nuances, this chooses to create a simpler malt base, and allow the citric hops to work in harmony together. In this regard, balance is crucial, luckily it features just that.
Having said that, allowing it to warm up will reveal some malt subtleties - however minor they may be - in the progression of flavors. Had there been a little more nuance in the malt base, this would have received a higher score. It’s great right now, but I envision this being even better with about a year of age on it. (Shame on me not buying multiple bottles of this...)
M: Thick, rich, and silky smooth, with a lingering bitter aftertaste, both from the malt and hop profiles. Hints of a finishing dryness pop up. Alcohol nicely warms the throat and stomach. Carbonation and drinkability are low (in a good way); this is meant to be sipped slowly, and it’s perfectly aware of that fact.
O: It isn’t perfect, but it’s a hoppy barleywine that does a great job of refusing to forsake its malt backbone for hop domination. On a personal note, I’m not terribly fond of the burnt caramel malt backbone, but reviewing it objectively, it still works well with everything else going on. Not what I expected from a barleywine - but exactly what I expected from a revved up Nugget Nectar. In spite of its numerous merits though, I’d take NN over this quite easily. Still a very nice barleywine, though.
djd07 (2537) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with a small white head. The aroma is vanilla and oak. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet malt and vanilla with caramel and light dry finish. A good barleywine from Troegs.