riversideAK (5557) - 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 (5861) - 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 (3575) - 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 (3340) - 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 (5108) - Lisle, 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 itís 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. Itís a bottle full of malt, which has been completely overpowered by hops. Surely this style has itís place, but the preponderance of it in American brewing today has forced me to quit giving out good ratings for it.
joeneugs (2809) - 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.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bloomington Brewpub. Poured a clear copper with a red tint and a thick white head. Aroma had a bit of pine with a strong grain note and undertones of alcohol and fruit. Flavor was full of sweet grain with an undertone of fruit and alcohol.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle obtaining via a trade with Erik in Indiana, this poured a cloudy amber with and off-white head and moderate lacing. Nose of rich malts with some ripe fruit and hints of chocolate. Moderate Mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet and full of yeast. Light bitter finish. Not a very powerful barley wine, but a good drinking beer nevertheless and it fulfills its mission as a winter warmer.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2009
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Aroma: odd. dishwasher soap, alcohol, some malt. Iím a huge barleywine-style ale fan and this smells like nothing iím used to (and not in a good way). Apperance:transparent, amber to light brown, 1/4 white head, minimal carbonation. Flavor: first reaction - not objective. Sorry. AWFUL. Dirty dishwater tasting. This is my favorite style and someone doesnít care. This is just muddy, dirty, unrefined, and...iíll say it again...awful. I donít mean to bad mouth, but this seriously is an insult to the style. Palate: too thin Overall: This is an insult to the style and nothing I would ever buy again. Simply awful. Honestly, I love the style so I may be being harsh, but this is just not good.