Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on 6/1/2012. My first thought was this is very reminiscent of Unita's Duhbe, with simply more malt concentration and less bitter hops. Don't get me wrong, I love Duhbe.. Just being making an association... I'm guessing a similar malt/hop bill, with simply a different proportion and similar yeast. I may be wrong, as I'm not a brewer, though I can't deny what I taste. Rich, honeyed malted and light caramel, with mildly roasted malt, wheat bread and caramelized stonefruit. Think honeyed, caramalized, dried apricots, on wheat.. with a slightly bitter tinge.. Good.. Though I prefer the additional bitter hops of Duhbe, if i'm paying for the malt/hop bill.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
arkurzynski (1886) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep reddish brown. Nose full of toasty malts, caramel, dark fruit, raisin, grapefruit hops and mild pine. Flavor is more of the same with toasted malt, raisin, caramel, and bitter grapefruit. No booze to be found. This was outstanding, very surprised by the other ratings.
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not the best Barleywine I've had. Tasted a little yeasty. (Was old though.)
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GTAEgeek (1588) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Anniversary XV. 2008 vintage 12 oz. bottle from the Brick Store Pub. Dark brown, with a medium, beige head. The aroma is burnt caramel, toffee, brown sugar, pine, and some rotting leaves. Sweet and roasty flavor, with some light bitterness. Heavy body, syrupy, and a little astringent. This is an interesting barley wine. Dank hops and very roasted. Not that bad, just strange.
jb (2640) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice color, and head, especially for the abv. Reddish and cloudy but that is okay by me. Off white head. Some retention. Fruity nose, subdued, a bit of caramel. Nice mouthfeel, initially syrupy, and carbonated, then very swiftly some hoppy character kicks in and it is quite a nice treat, not one of the sickeningly sweet barley’s.
AWISLguy (1978) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from the Malt Shoppe in Tosa. Cellar aged 4 months and served at cellar temperature. Pours a reddish brown with a beige-orange head leaving some streaky lace. Aroma has dark fruits, sweet fruits, caramel, pine. Fruity and tangy, in an "American Strong" way. Taste is of sweet caramel, sweet dark fruits, light nut, and heavy pine. Quite hoppy, very tangy fruity. Medium to full bodied and surprisingly low alcohol presence for the abv. Finishes sweetly fruity and tangy, and long. Nice, hoppy brew. Not too barleywine-ish, more like a caramelly American Strong to me. Good stuff! 14.2
theOptimator (346) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is sweet caramel malt, bready, light roast with nice citrus hopping. Appearance is dark brown with a bit of orange, small head. Taste is malt forward, caramel and dark malt, strong hop bitterness present as well but way malt forward. Palate is medium full with some alcohol heat. Overall not bad but lacking some of the complexities would want in the style. A little one dimensional, not sure I would want to age this one like you would want to with many other young barleywines.
kerenmk (3483) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at our place. BBOTMC. Murky red-brown. Rich dark fruit aroma with prune, a little sugary. Full body, quite carbonated, long, dry and bitter finish.
solidfunk (5991) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some caramel, a hint of citrus and a fair amount of booze. Pours brown with OK head. Light sweet finish with some boozy bitterness. Some light florals and citrus. Average carbonation. Bottle.
tomer (2427) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - AUG 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting, thanks, small stable light brown bubbly head, very cloudy dark red to light brown color, aroma of dried fruits with some citrus, flavor of dried fruits, quite strong but pleasant sweetness medium bodied and suprisingly light. Pleasant.
ogre71 (187) - Utah, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a strong beer full of malty grain flavors. Its a bit to bitter and hoppy for me.