valpoaj (631) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle aged in cellar for quite a long time (5+ years). Was surprised I hadnít rated this in the past, as Iíve had this brew fresh in the past and thought it was very solid. Anyway, aged bottle review - bottle still has some life, which is a good thing - dank brown pour with no head to speak of - thin white ring clings to the edges. Aroma is inviting - loads of caramelized malt, some resinous hop notes, hint of chocolate, toasty, some booze, splash of dark fruit. Flavor is smooth and sweet - caramelized, toasted malts rule the show, but there is still a healthy amount of hop bitterness to make this an excellent barleywine after all the years. Dark fruit and some spices round things out. Palate is somewhat oily, moderately thick, and oxidization is minimal. This turned out very nicely after a long cellaring - I think Iím out, but wouldnít complain about enjoying another after a few years!
Beachmaster (124) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber. Pours a clear light copper with a huge khaki head that lasts a long time and leaves good lacing. Aroma is hops. Taste is caramel, molasses, and malt, with a pleasant clean hop finish. Iím not a hops fan, but this is the best-balanced barleywine Iíve yet tasted. Outstanding.
hman43 (336) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It has a rich aroma of caramel, plums, and other malts. It is a ruby red with a thick, frothy head that is off white. It has a rich malt flavor with flavors. Most barleywines are strong to the point of being overbeering, but this one has a well balanced finish. The flavoring and the combinations and well blended.
stoutnick (533) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 On tap at George Keeley, NYC. Dark brown ruby. Aroma is hops! Taste is the same with lovely caramel malts. One of the better American Barleywines going around. Hops very present but donít over dominate. Finish is a lovely sweetness and mild bitterness. Overall, bit more malt caramel than Old Numbskull (not as much balance), but in the same sphere of BWs.
ICEatALAMO (938) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
í13 vintage bottle. The color is a rich deep copper/amber with a thin white head. One of the best Appearance beers I have seen. The aroma is carmel and toffee mix, with prominent hops. The taste hits you up front and almost burns a little, or a lot. Then the booze hits you on the back end. Hit the style spot on, and this would seem to age perfectly.
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich, deep caramel color. Dense foamy beige head. Well, the atoma is mostly malty and rich. I mean its all malty and rich. The taste is smooth, strong, boring, uneventful, and mellow. This is a great beer for one thing... forgetting...
rougeau13 (2002) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orangeish-reddish-amber with a frothy eggshell head. Aroma of toast, toffee, raisin, resin, and citrus peel. Itís a tad mild though. Fruity sweet taste with some decent bitterness and a touch of booze. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and a somewhat syrupy feel.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve been looking forward to this for a while. 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear dark amber color. The head is a two finger off-white shade. Its texture is excellent, and it has good retention as well. Lacing left behind is rather plentiful.
S: Itís actually not quite as sweet as I thought it would be. The hop notes here - as expected - are piny and resinous, balanced by its malt sweetness. In particular, it brings caramel, vanilla, and toffee. Itís definitely a quality aroma, if a bit more ístandardí than I was expecting.
T: The taste works better, I think. Piny hops hit the palate first - there isnít much harshness, and the pine flavor is incredibly vivid. It becomes sweeter after the midtaste and especially on the finish, while its hop flavor becomes almost ísaltyí to my twisted palate. The harsher elements of the alcohol are hidden very well. If I have to complain about something, itís that the sweetness here isnít well defined - sure it brings plenty of caramel, toffee, and earth, but not much in the way of dark fruits or candy. Thereís just the subtlest suggestion of the latter, unfortunately it isnít quite enough. Every once in a while, thereís a gentle wisp of chocolate that hits the palate.
M: This seems to be even softer than others in the style. Of course, being a barleywine, itís still sweet and heavy. The finish is, naturally, superbly long and mildly bitter. Itís more salty than anything. Nonetheless, Iím really impressed how well the booze is hidden.
O: Give this a year or two in the cellar and this would kick ass. Right now, though, itís still drinking pretty damn well. If the sweetness was more defined, then it would be killer immediately. As it stands, Iím really enjoying the hop profile but wished the malt component worked a little better.
Bule (756) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a reddy brown color a bit of head. Sweet malty goodness. Mild hopiness. Smooth.
GSH1976 (207) - Delaware, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Pours a clear orange/amber with a thin head and excellent lacing. Aroma is a candied sweetness, caramel, a hint of hops and booze. Taste is predominantly a candied sweetness and strong malt with some hops in the background but they are overpowered. Medium to full bodied with a somewhat dry finish. A decent barleywine but too sweet for my taste. Ironically this used to be one of my favorite beers which just goes to show how tastes can change over the years.