ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
mixmasterob (889) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Bright mahogany pour with a small off white wispy head. Aroma was rich dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel and toasted nuts. Flavors were right in line, lots of caramel and dark fruits. Bittersweet finish with a grassy and floral hoppiness that lingered. Moderate carbonation with a slick and slightly viscous mouthfeel. A classic barley wine.
hawthorne00 (2589) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle, 650ml, 13C. Copper with a beige head that lasts as a coat. Aroma of toffee, some butterscotch, raisins, dried peach, orange peel. Rich and sweet with toffee, peach, hints of dried fruit, a brandy-like booziness that fits fine. Strong, lasting bitterness with bitter oranges. Still pretty hoppy. Like it a lot now, certainly has the structure to go a few years but maybe the malt side of things is not interesting enough to dominate the show. Nothing fancy, just very good.
FestDecBeet (289) - - JAN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look: pours deep bet. Slight haze. White head. Thick lacing.
Smell: blueberries. Sweet candy sugar. Cherries. Red Apple skin.
Taste: hops. Hot alcohol. Cherries. Blueberries. Sweet syrup.
Feel: hoppy dryness. Leaves a thick film on the mouth.
Overall: great beer. Love the hops. Super sweetness comes out and helps balance it out.
First drank; home 1/18/15
Stuedmaster (268) - Vista, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the better barleywine ales that I have had. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, roasted grain, brown sugar, plum, booze. Drinks amazingly smooth for such a high abv, nice balance of sweet malt and hops, the hops are not too astringent or resinous but smooth and fruity. Has kind of a grassy and piney effect from the hops. I really like this one, would repeat.
Doofgoblin (356) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is pretty magical. Aroma is lots of roasted toffee, burnt sugar... and just toasty aromas.... taste is toffee, raisins, and lots of malts that finish smooth and lingering. It has a bit of that burnt sugar that seems aged or slightly rancid--in a good way. Finish is a great lingering body that is full with a soft and comfortable mouth feel as the 11% passes your gullet... haha! This is a good one!
Joel (111) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2015 Medium bodied beer with a pleasantly sweet malty taste. Slightly fruity, sweet, and warming. Great barley wine. Definitely one of my favorites in this style!
Handypaul (267) - - JAN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A rich, malty, high alcohol beer in which you can taste too much booze and has too much carbonation. Medium body, rich caramel aroma, nice creamy head and great lacing and a very long bitter finish.
emartell (264) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - JAN 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma excelente. Notas herbales en důnde destaca ampliamente los aromas a pino.
Color rojizo, claro, carbonatacion baja, cuerpo medio, corona de espuma prŠcticamente nula.
En boca deliciosa, notas frutales, final herbales, buen equilibrio.
Al paladar es una cerveza sumamente compleja. Notas frutales, principalmente frutos rojos, higo, pasas, con final herbal proporcionado por el lķpulo.
En resumen una deliciosa cerveza, bien equilibrada y con aromas y sabores excelentes.
devman171 (1100) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at lures, pours a low carb brown. Aroma is sweet malts and dark fruit. Taste is sweet malts and fruit with a semi dry finish
Fatehunter (1414) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a finger and half of head on clear dark amber body.
The aroma is mild pine and grapefruit with some wet grain in the background.
The taste is fruity mild sweetness, turning to pine bitterness and finishes with a flat sweetness.
The texture is thicker.