RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a musty pastel-crimson, with a couple fingers of puffy, lacy, off-white head. Smells of sugary malts and piny hops, with notes of chocolate, caramel, soy, and even some pipe-tobacco. Taste starts with the sugary malts, with hints of birch, then segues into juniper hops before easing back into sweet chocolate and caramel. The finish is slightly bitter and hoppy. This beer feels more carbonated than it appears, and has a lingering, sappy mouthfeel. A very... dynamic beer.
Darkmagus82 (860) - - JUN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-29-12 -
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a beautiful deep ruby nearly mahogany color. Upon pouring there is a wonderful big billowy orange tinted head on the brew. The head fades slowly over time to give a very medium level of lacing.
Smell – The smell is a wonderful blend of sweet and hop. There is a bready base that has nice fruit aromas of cherry, tangerine and banana as well as some brown sugar aroma. The hop aromas are biggest citrus but have hints of floral aromas mixed within.
Taste – The taste starts out very malty and sweet. The malt is more doughy with the sweetness being heavy in fruit flavors mixed with a toffee taste. The fruits start out as cherry and banana in nature, but then start to take on a more tangerine flavor as hops start coming onto the tongue. More toward the middle of the taste, the hops really start coming on strong with a good dose of grapefruit and lemon citrus mixed with a light pine hop. These hop flavors get quite strong more toward the end the taste experience, but never really overpower the sweeter/maltier flavors and instead blend very well with them. At the very end of the taste some alcohol flavors come to the tongue and give a slightly warming feeling.
Mouthfeel – A wonderfully creamy and thick body coat the mouth as the lower level of carbonation tingles the tongue ever so lightly. The light tingle of the carbonation does well for all the hop flavor, while the thickness of the brew allows all those malty and sweet base tastes of the brew to really sit on the tongue.
Overall – This is a nice tasty brew. It has very nice robust aroma, taste, and warming/creamy feel. It is very satisfying and enjoyable; great for sitting back in a recliner and sipping away.
AirForceHops (3100) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, batch 320 bottled in May 2012. Brown color with ruby highlights around the edges when held to the light. After two years still a proper carbonation level. Aroma is sweet with dark fruit, sweet bread, pine hops and light fruit.
Flavor of figs, caramel dipped raisins, candy sugar upfront with a nice Amarillo, Cascade / piney hop balance. Nicely balanced because the piney with citrus hops still comes through the sweetness. Slight warming after the sip without any alcohol distraction. Body is medium to heady with a lightly syrupy texture without being sticky. The depth of flavor really surprised me. Nice layer of complexity, great brew.
Sarlacc83 (702) - Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Dark mahogany with a light cappuccino head. Decent lacing.
N: Toffee, rye bread, pine, caramel, and a hint of vanilla and licorice. Tree bark, and peppercorn. A touch of bubble gum floating around in here.
T: Spicy, bitter, and moderately sweet.
M: Sticky, medium to heavy body. Alcohol is well-hidden.
O: A peppery barleywine with hops to spare. I can’t say how I actually feel about it, though. I tend to prefer more sweetness, but this has a nice balance. I would just like something less spicy.
hockeybeerguy (1853) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into two chalices and I shared this with my dad on Thanksgiving of 2012.
The appearance was a nice golden amber to brown tobacco color with a decent half finger foamy white head that once it starts to die, there is a decent amount of adequate stringy lacing sticking finely to the sides of the glass.
The smell was definitely of the English persuasion of sorts of a Barleywine as the typical "tobacco" smell and maltiness came out here.
The taste was caramel malts with a nice coating of the tobacco coming through as well.
On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy with a decent boozy edge to it. The alcohol is well noted and I know that was not from the tryptophan from the turkey we had that night.
Overall, this one’s a beast of a barleywine, not one to mess with as it made an exceptional Thanksgiving well remembered today.
mverity (265) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BA’er @Casey3236. Pours a mostly opaque deep nutty brown, with hints of rich woody red. Creamy tan head that held pretty well before fading into a medium collar and a few wisps. Sticky legs and good lacing. Aroma is molasses, deep earthy malt, woody, some leathery damp soil. Taste is dark caramel, nutti-chocolate with some almond like toastiness, leather and earth. Rich mouthfeel, full bodied and low to medium carbonation. I think I aged this one a bit too long, or maybe not long enough. That dirt-like flavor is a little off putting.
haukur (1282) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy aroma. Full bodied with a good combination between hops, malt and sweetness. Really good barley wine.
HeadyDE (498) - Delaware, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle dated 4/11 pour to snifter..dark caramel brown color..slight head..decent amount of carbonation..bit of floating particles abound when held up to light..nose is sweet molasses..brown sugar..caramel..skor bar..mouthfeel has got that sweet barleywine presence with a healthy dose of figjam..quite smooth for the high abv..medium bodied to full bodied for sure..does have some coffee flavor profile similarities. have had this on draft before and this is clearly more tame..more mellow and a good sipper for colder months..
BoBoChamp (5382) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex brew, malty/spicy and slightly fruity/bitter, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, yet expensive!
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear ruby, dark but not tan, big three finger owhite head
Smell fruity caramel red fruit
Taste sweet fig belgian, red fruit, sticky
Thin, min alc
Steasy66 (861) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with 1 finger foamy tan head. Lots of dark fruit and toffee in the nose. Flavor is heavy on the dark fruit. Opens sweet, dark fruit in the middle, somewhat hoppy finish. Nice and smooth. Pretty good, not world class.