hockeybeerguy (1493) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a black colored body with a half finger white head.
The smell had caramel, figs, sugar, malts, slight alcohol, chocolate comes out as it warmed.
The taste was thoroughly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors in the Barleywine like fashion, slight chocolate comes out as well, but came out as it warmed.
The palate was about a medium, not sessionable - you sip this one like its supposed to, adequate carbonation, chocolate/caramel aftertaste, ABV slightly felt.
Overall, this was very sweet for an American Barleywine, actually thought it was closer to an English Barleywine, and probably was the most chocolately barleywine Iíve ever had, but no worries, Iíd have this one again.
puboflyons (2048) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the 650 ml. bottle #412 out of 1,000. My label says 10.5% ABV not 9% as listed on this description. The pour is a handsome brown color with a slight bottle fermented haze and a modest tan head. The aroma is a pleasant and almost mellow barley malt character that is not in my face. A vague dark fruit note but mainly malts. No booze. The body is medium to full. As I drink this it feels like it has already been cellaring for a year but it is an English style Barleywine, which tends to be more subtle, which is the way I like it.
AirForceHops (2948) - 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 (3658) - 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 (1522) - 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 (179) - 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 (2150) - 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.