AndresTM (350) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2014 This is a really pungent beverage; it’s sweet, it’s hoppy, and it’s boozy as hell. The hops give off a sweet, tropical vibe, and the malts bring up molasses. Then the booze arrives and reminds you you’re about to get slightly impaired. The taste is shamelessly bitter and alcoholic, with a sweet, malty background that keeps the whole thing on a leash. The palate is medium to thick, which, coupled with the sweet malts, makes for an overall syrupy impression. The beer is a deep, yellowish, coke brown without much of a head. Good and with much depth, but definitely a sipper.
AshtonMcCobb (3636) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewdog Edinburgh shared with BenH, James Tulloch and allmyvinyl.
Appearance - golden amber with a decent head.
Nose - burnt orange and honey.
Taste - marmalade and honey.
Palate - rich in body and texture with a sweet finish that is still in balance.
Overall - good example of a well made barley wine.
allmyvinyl (5672) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours dark amber, thick off-white head. Boozy fruitcake aromas, mixed dried fruit and demerara sugar. Something nutty too. Nice. Taste is rich, light spice, light booze and then an orange peel bitterness at the end. Smooth, oily texture, long finish. Good.
fitwitchik (394) - USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bomber into a snifter amber red with a golden head which laced nicely.
Aroma is hoppy tropical sweetness.
Flavor is caramel, pineapple, piney hops. Really nice blend to the palate. Top Notch American Barleywine. Really.
MadRobin (2287) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Clear, toffee color with a 3-finger khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of caramel, alcohol, papaya and pineapple.
Taste of caramel, tropical fruit, alcohol, plum, citrus, pineapple and sweet golden raisins.
Medium/full body and low/medium carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
UncleKorm (1027) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a hazed orange hue w/ enormous long-lasting beige head and sticky lacing. Big Malty and spicy aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ moderate bitter long lasting finish. Taste is malt forward w/ earthy spices. Full bodied and a hot finish.
Mark_Eck (951) - - AUG 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Pours a clear reddish brown color. Aroma and taste are dark fruits and caramel.
solidfunk (4979) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Truly a superior barley wine. Pours amber with good head and lacing. Lots of hops, booze and caramelized malt. Citrus, candied plum and pine. Pours cloudy brown with good head and lacing. Finishes bittersweet. Soft carbonation. Tap at Smoke and Barrel.
firemarshal (190) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Year 2013 22oz bottle. Dark copper with red hue. Aroma is licorice, nutty, citrus, dough, alcohol. Flavor is very malty up front, medium hop flavor, medicinal finish with a little alcohol bleeding through. Smooth, full bodied, sticky. Overall a nice beer for this cool rainy July day. I’ll put a few of these back for winter.
Mastelefish (91) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber-brown with a thin white head. Floral notes are weak but still present. Bitterness is middle of the road for a barleywine. Body is heavy but mouth feel is appropriate. Booziness is nowhere to be found. So good.