BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden bronze color, a touch of ruby. Light creamy white head. The aroma is faint as is the flavor, no mistaking the gravity though with a nice hop bite followed by the alcohol. Nice mix of aroma balanced between the malts. Definately feel the alcohol, but not necissarily taste it. The aroma really developes in this one as it goes on.
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not all that much in the aroma for a barley wine. Maybe some honey, but not really molasses. I really love this style but as usual I just don’t think these guys make beer that’s all that great. This a low barley wine score for me.
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.
Wittales (637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was clear red honey caramel with creamy diminishing off white 1 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are sweet caramel, honey, toffee malts with deep fruits, alcohol hidden well. Taste are sweet caramel, honey toffee malts,then cherry, plum, hints of pine, spices,and grass. Palate was silky creamy CO2 with meduim-full body, then long clean sweet(touch cloying) warming smooth finish. A wonderful Barrywine, might age well.
mnoud (281) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013.03.09 - Widmer Brothers Old Embalmer '12 - 22oz (?) bottle in pint glass. 2012 Vintage.
Aroma: very nice balance of hops and sweetness.
Appearance: Pours around 14 on SRM scale. Fairly light for barley wine, lighter than Newcastle Brown maybe. Very vigorous head/carbonation, 1-2 inch head, sticky white.
Taste: very nice. I don't even know how to describe. Good balance of hops and malty sweetness. I pretty much slammed this bottle, I'm reviewing as there is literally one drink left. Very tasty, good hop flavor without hops in your face.
Aroma 8/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy copper with a small head and big lacing. Rich malt aromas. Caramel, biscuits and toasted malts. Almost like fresh wort as it doesn’t seem too hoppy in the nose. Warming up a little, I find some floral and fruity hops. Raisins and sherry as well. Big toasted malts in the flavors. Biscuits as well. Bitter hops are bursting along with floral hops. Alcohol is warming you up well. Big malts in the finish as well as alcohol. I swear this is an imperial version of Alpenhorn.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours clear deep gold with copper core and nice off white head. The mild aroma has notes of dark fruitiness, some sweet malts and floral hops. The taste is very much to English barleywine style to me with rich chewy dark fruity esters coming from prunes, cherries and ripe plums. It slowly takes on sweet malts and a hint of caramelization. Nice brew that is right on the mark now.
bhensonb (11255) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (’12) from the Vacaville BevMo. Pours ruddy copper with a 3 finger light beige creamy head. Aroma is earthy/floral over a substantial roast malt. Near full bodied. Flavor is very earthy, arguably floral, maybe a hint of citrus? maybe not. It’s quite balanced. Heat is detectable in the gullet - unless that light burn is from hop. Finishes on the bitter side for me, but arguably less than dry. Nice drink. Could sub for a DIPA when fresh.
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours clear caramel with offwhite head. Pine nose. Flavor adds grapefruit, alcohol and perhaps rye. Dry finish. Moderate to high bitterness. Thin body and fairly complex.
portableparty (1921) - 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.