TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark toffee with a thin fleeting layer of foam. Smells like rich toffee, caramel, chocolate, raisins, sweet cherries, and some piney hops; pretty complex. Pungent flavors of booze, dark chocolate, slight roast, and slight anise with a strong hop bitterness to balance any sweetness; it’s surprisingly un-sweet, no cloying. Finishes slick and bitter; full bodied with low carbonation.
Bottled 3/7/12, I’m surprised to see how well the bitterness has stood up for the last several months. A really great take on a barleywine.
dfinney23 (1368) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of citrus, caramel and fresh mowed hay. Taste is malty and bittersweet. Masks the ABV well.
radagast83 (4015) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the 4th Annual Mad Fox Barleywine Fest (Sunday), 2011 vintage if I’m not mistaken. Poured a very dark ruby, slightly hazy note, with a medium sized white head. Aroma was some muted pine, caramel malts, light pine hops. Flavor was about the same, booze on the finish, pine, mellowed out sweet malted notes.
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, dark walnut amber color with no head, lots of maple syrup and red velvet cake, some prickly hops and cream, nice barleywine
jmikolich (1352) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay, its not a bad beer, a bit big and malty with stale cardboard type notes, but not bad. little thick and the 10% is definitely there.
ericdevin (563) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a rich reddish brown, slight amount of tan head. Aroma dull caramel, some resin and fresh line overtones. Body full and lively, not at all syrupy. Finish sweet and treacly, with a woody pine character. Aroma underwhelming but otherwise really nice, especially for the money.
b33r (627) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10.4%, Beautiful deep dark amber brown color with small tan head and messy lacing. Aroma and flavor have strong caramel malt notes with a strong hoppy bitter finish. Pretty good overall.
ozarkspops (305) - - JAN 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby pour. Medium light brown head. Lots of lacing. Orange hop aroma. Dark fruit, raisin. Slight boozy. Burnt candy. Well balance flavor. A lot of the same flavors as aroma. Some chocolate and soil like flavors also.
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rougeau13 (1827) - Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, clear, brownish-amber with a puffy cream colored head that deposits a nice sheen of lacing. Aroma of sweet bread, caramel, dried dark fruits, and citrus. The taste is sweet and malty with a moderate bitterness and fairly mild alcohol flavor. Medium-full bodied, lightly carbonated, and just a touch of boozy dryness. Pretty good stuff here.
Beerenberger (1226) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
The nose is hop forward - primarily citrus. Pours a cloudy maghogny with a thin tan head and minimal lacing. The taste is bitter. Pine, citrus, toasted malt with a little alcohol appearing in the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, sadly, if it wasn’t for the high ABV, the taste is more like a well crafted black IPA than a barley wine.
Fatehunter (1059) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours three fingers of head on a clear but dark red to brown colored body.
The aroma is excellent. Lots of lemon, grapefruit and pine with a mix of candy.
The taste is candied lemon, grain, mild bitterness at the end.
The texture is fairly crisp for a barley wine with moderate carbonation.
It’s probably one of the more easy drinking barley wines and it’s good.