MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy copper body with a foamy white head, plenty of lacing. Earth, lemon, and floral nose, light caramel and what might be the onset of oxidation. More of that in the flavor, light cardboard with heavy caramel, orange (particularly through the finish), and cherry. Heavy carbonation, overly sweet in the flavor. Standard US barley wine here, complete with a bit too much age and burnt sugar through the finish.
Ibrew2or3 (8082) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with thin white head. The aroma is sort of prunes, plums, cherries and malts mixing with some booziness. The taste is peach, pears, apricots and some sourness. It stays that way into the finish. Interesting brew and more sour than I was expecting.
patrick767 (3992) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a firkin at Indiana Winterfest - If anyone has more information on this one, please add it. I just have down that it was an Upland barley wine. Smells of caramel, woody malt. The big, sweet malt flavor is overshadowed by intense hops. This is a very hop heavy barley wine, which I like. It’s full bodied and really good.
Earlier Rating: 3/25/2010 Total Score: 1.7
botlte - Pours amber and mostly clear with a small, lingering head. The aroma is mild with a little malt and some sourness. Uh oh. This brew does not seem like it should smell sour. It tastes of sweet, sugary malt with sour notes of infection. From the looks of the ratings, it’s not the only bad bottle out there.
riversideAK (6103) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toasty and somewhat fruity nose with some notes of iced tea. Pours amber with light foamy notes. Toasty, some tea and herbal notes, fruity hops - peach, apricot. Smooth and balanced. Toasty flavors linger. Solid.
after4ever (7540) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. thanks, ben! pours a medium gold with dark amber at the center. loose gray head. peaches and apricots on the nose. creamy medium body, low carb. toffee, oranges, peaches, and apricots on the mid palate. great stuff.
drfabulous (6426) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light for barley wine. More of an old ale with malty, creamy taste. Some faint vanilla. Little bit of dark fruit. Very decent but no Avery Jubilation.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at upland... Pours a transparent deeper apple cider brown with a thin soapy off-white head... Aroma of grassy jops and caramel malt... Flavors seem similar to the other one with a grassy hop amber base. With a tanginess in the finish.
TheAlum (6935) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler on tap at the brewery (Bloomington, IN). Lunch at the brewery while picking up Lambic reservations. Pours a nice dark full amber, copper sneaking in with red flares and a good offwhite head that dies to a good film and laces pretty well, fairly hazy. Aromas are a citrusy hop coupled with malty caramel and toffee, biscuits with faint cocoa on the nose. Initial is full bodied, a good hopping up front with caramel and toffee beneath to support. A warming biscuit and hop blend with solid bitterness and warming alcohol on the backend. A touch of orange marmalade, fruit cake, and faint cocoa. This is a well made beer, warming. Finish leaves a good lingering bitterness of florals and citrus, malty underlying. Nice, best one here so far.
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2010
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The style of this beer has it’s place, but unfortunately it could be about 500 other American craft beers. It is a nice looking clear dark brown, with a large, pleasing brown-tan head. There is very little aroma to it at all, which consists of straight hops and malt, mostly hops. The taste is that of any ordinary American hop bomb. I do not detect any subtlety or art in it whatsoever. The body is a little on the thin side. It’s a bottle full of malt, which has been completely overpowered by hops. Surely this style has it’s place, but the preponderance of it in American brewing today has forced me to quit giving out good ratings for it.
joeneugs (5709) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks to deyholla for the bottle! This was a rather unpleasant experience, however. The beer poured a clear amber color with a very minimal disappearing head. The aroma was very old and musty with mild hints of grain and alcohol. The flavor was very grainy with some unpleasant soapy bitterness and virtually none of the characteristics that make barleywines so good. Pretty thick bodied, and it did improve slightly as it warmed up. There was some mild hints of fruit in the background, but IMO, this is a pretty poor beer.