drfabulous (3646) - 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.
alexsdad06 (4539) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours a clear dark amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some herbal hops sweet malts, caramel, leather, a moderate fruit character with a touch of bitterness to the finish. A touch on the thin side.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle
A bargain at $3.99 this was a decent barley wine with a Midwestern touch. Typical of many of the non-sour Upland beers it has some weaknesses. Overall though they are masked by a strong presence, great price, and well thought out winter warmer.
Aroma / Appearance - The ruby red base is trapped under a bubbly head of foam. Musty leather, wet shoes after a winter hike, and sweet red vines tether it to the later months of the year. Hops are present but do not really take center stage.
Flavor / Palate - Almonds, cherries, and fresh hops brighten the palate. Sweet aspects carry a chewy mouthfeel to a creamy and long lasting conclusion. A decent beer is slightly memorable and above average. At best though it makes a strong case for being a solid regional to fallback on when you get tired of Sun King, New Albanian, and other Indiana brands.
Hair6a11 (1268) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Pour is murky brown / mahogany with a two finger, fine bubbled khaki head into this glass. The nose is mineral, dark fruit, caramel and toffee, with a hint of grassy hops present here as well. The flavor profile is malt forward initial, blending somewhat messily with the dark fruits ; sugar plum moves to brown sugar , with some biscuit and grass present ; Its not very impressive honestly - but its not bad either.
Suttree (4906) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not the biggest fan of sweet, heavy beers, I don’t know, I guess I was in the mood. Pours reddish copper, with a ring of foam. Smells is lots of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Very smooth, slick palate. Taste is lots bready, toasty caramel and other sweet flavors. Nice bit of spruce and pine in the finish. I don’t know if I would drink all the time, but it hit the spot this time. BTW, the label says 8.5%, not 9...
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of brown sugar, caramel and toffee. The flavor has some toasted malt as well as toffee, caramel, sweet brown sugar/molasses and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
brystmar (1114) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2012. Caramel color, off-white lace with medium retention. Smells like oxidized booze. Still a bit hot, simply doesn't click like the good barleywines do. Leaves much to be desired.
Not sure why Upland even bothers to bottle anything other than their Lambics. This pales in comparison.
BoostIPA (1105) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from someone. Thanks, unknown bro! Pours a mahagoany color with about a billion suspended yeast particles floating about. Aromas of heavy malt, some dark fruit, some hop presence still left. This is a 2012 by the way. Pretty heavy on the palate, not a hop forward Barleywine (at this point anyway), but still damn good. I like this a lot. Finishes sweet with notes of tobacco and spice.
RRistow12 (175) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap. Dark amber color. Aroma of spices. Taste with sweet malty taste up front with spices. Followed by some bitterness and spices.
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dlbeer (663) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pink/brown pour with tan/pink head. Smells of alcohol and slight fruit. Tastes sweet at the start with a bitter/alcohol finish.
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Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours creamy and smooth tan head with little lacing and a reddish brown color. Malty, caramel, and fruity aroma. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter, malty, caramel, citrusy. Tastes similar to Lagunitas Olde Gnarley Wine. Not as good, but close.