AirForceHops (2367) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Bertís Better Beers. Winter 2012 batch. Dark muddy brown color with thick lasting head. Aromas of deep roasted barley, chocolate and hints of dark fruits. Flavors of Raisins, caramel, molasses, chocolate, English malts and maple syrup. Lots of deep roasted barley notes as well. Syrupy texture and finishes with some mild alcohol warmth. Very sweet, but never cloying. Low carbonation that helped coat the tongue with a syrupy sweetness. The 9 % is hidden nice. I am very surprised on how much I liked this, the best White Birch brew Iíve had in a long time.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If this got wider distribution, I could see it being regarded as an exceptionally good beer. Pours opaque and hazy with a deep chestnut color. Huge, complex flavors, ranging from earthy and woody notes to complex hoppy, sausage, fruity veins. Some alcohol, but all around just a mammoth barleywine. I would recommend aging. Bottle bought at the coop grocery store in Concord, NH.
mcox90 (1374) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours dark, somewhat muddy brown with some garnet edges if you look real hard. One finger khaki head. Aroma is burnt sugar and coffee beans. Some charred wood and a little bit of toffee. No where near as sweet as I was expecting. Same in the flavor. More coffee with some hoppiness. This did not taste anything like any barlywine Iíve had before. I was a bit disappointed, because I had my heart set on that sweet barlywine taste. It wasnít a bad beer, just not what I wanted.
Phatdog1 (155) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber purchased from Bertís. Thick swampy brown pour into a snifter. Nose is filled with lots of malt, caramel, burnt sugar and some dark fruit. Sweet malt on the tongue, dark fruit on the finish. Booze is slightly present at the end. Almost no carbonation & thick mouthfeel. If the label hadnít said Barley Wine, I would put this in the catagory as an Imperial Brown Ale. Tasty (& local, all the better).
johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep tawny brown color with a good sized khaki head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. The aromaís are kind of bold and intense with brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate playing the dominant roles. Hints of toffee, burnt sugar, ethanol, and a light bit of earthy hops round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is rich with a good amount of malty sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar and chocolate again make up the brunt of the flavor. Light dark fruits, ethanol, melanoids, earthy hop flavor round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a very clean well made great tasting beer. It reminds me of a big brown ale at times more than it does a barleywine, but I enjoyed the hell out of it just the same.