drjay44 (2479) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Vintage 2012. Bottled 07/18/12. Pours a thick well retained ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is toffee/caramel, pine, citrus peel, licorice...... taste is sweet treacle, toffee/caramel, leading to pineapple, pine, with a moderate lingering bitterness......mouth feel light of medium, alcohol heat present and a bit raw, carbonation low. This is a light take on a Barley Wine and both the hops and malts were, apparently, used with a light hand. The mouth feel is very light for the style. Additionally both the aromas and flavors are rather simple.This does not taste bad, it just isn’t quite a Barley Wine. Perhaps with aging it will improve. BJCP 7/3/14/3/7
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas; vintage 2012, featuring Bravo hops
Clean dark amber color, with medium sized head. Light aroma of malt and caramel. Smooth and round mouthfeel, medium body strength; it has some caramel and malt flavor, with a light nutty touch, moderate sweetness, and correct bitterness.
Strong beer, not enough malty to be considered a Barley Wine.
GTAEgeek (1053) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from the Decatur Craft Beer Fest. The pour is gold, with a small head. The aroma is caramel, butterscotch, pine, and resin. The flavor is very sweet, with a nice bitterness. The mouthfeel is heavy, very sticky and smooth. Overall, this is a strong, nicely balanced, syrupy and delicious beer.
Tmoney99 (10068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2012. Poured clear reddish brown color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark fruit, bubblegum and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex solid beer.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep red amber with a large sudsy khaki head that slowly resides to a soapy film and lacing. Aroma is sweet and bitter with fruity floral hops and caramel malt. Taste again shows a sweet bitterness which includes floral fruity hops and toasty caramel malt and a gentle spice in the finish. Palate is full and slick with a warm drying finish. Pretty enjoyable Barley Wine that has a nice sweet fruity flavor that stands out.
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear copper color with light tan head. Molasses, pine and grapefruit aromas with some alcohol. Sweet molasses and toasted malt flavors with some citrus and pine. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. A decent hoppy American style barley wine.
NikkTwist (1383) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Moriartys. Poured a clear dark copper with a large tight head. Golden raisins. Pinecones. Burnt orange peels. Vinyl. Peppercorns. Anbesol. Like a whiskey wine spiked with turpentine. Very nice palate. Good stuff, though definitely a sipper!
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This baby will kick your butt so watch out. Supper hoppy barleywine. A hopheads barleywine. This will get you there in a hurry but if you have too many I think you will be sorry later.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours an almost clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, and floral hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts with a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with some grapefruit, pineapple, tropical and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some resiny pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some sweet biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops, bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, and some booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy barleywine. Good overall balance and body. Good hop profile.
beerbastard (639) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear chestnut color. Aromas of citrus, orange followed by malt. Some apple like flavors with cotton candy. Hops are in the background. Flavors do not seem to complement each other. Lacks the complexity I was looking for. Some burn in the finish. Nothing stands out.