drjay44 (2830) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, beige head, with some lacing, over a slightly hazy, copper amber (SRM 14) body.....nose is sweet malts with toffee/caramel tones, light hop spice....taste is light sweet toffee/caramel to start, leading to a harsh astringent tone, with a bit of pineapple, finishing with lingering mild unpleasant terpene bitterness....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. This is a light Barley Wine. Complexity is low and balance is toward the harsh chemical end of the hop spectrum. I wonder if the bottle was improperly stored, since the hops have lost all floral, citrus tones and it is only 6 months old. BJCP 6/3/11/4/6
deliciosity (12) - USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Personally, I would catagorize this as an ASA or DIPA, as the mouth is a bit week for a barleywine. Plenty of caramel, dark fruit, and toffee on the tongue, but its killed by the hops. The hops smack the complexity out of your mouth. As it warms, there’s a more boozy presence and the malt starts to shine. All in all, a good APA...just not a great barleywine. It seems like Galaxy was used because its trendy, not because it matches the malt profile.
Title_10 (22) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep mahogany color with a rapidly fading tan head. Excellent aroma of not sure what, maybe vanilla? The very fist taste was pretty damn good, after that, it became so strong I thought I was drinking scotch. But, this is my first my barley wine so what can I (you) expect. I can now say I’m not a fan of barley wine.
raphael (939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
oak, bitters, alcohol hard to pull the aroma apart but I like it. clear dark amber with persistent off white head.. well balanced flavors with what I thought might turn metallic lsightly mitigated by an apricottish sweet. the thinness in the mouth also spread the flavor out while leaving the dichotomy of an irking bitterness and a borderline cloying sweetness. the finish reflects this.
Scopey (8036) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Ang’s birthday tasting. It pours deep amber, with a thick white head. The nose is leather, wood, dust, fruit cake, gingerbread and cinnamon. The taste is gingerbread, leather, resin, wood, boozy fruit, raisin, currant, fig, nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee and alcohol warmth. Full body and low carbonation. Well balanced and tasty.
Leighton (13032) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Bottle shared at The Craft Beer Co., London. Pours clear ruby with a foamy, white head - lovely. Big, sweet nose, juicy hops, toffee. Great flavor, tons of sugar balanced by strong bitterness of earth and pine. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warm finish, toffee in abundance, some caramel and toasty malts. Very tasty. Update: Bottle at the Kernel Christmas tasting 2011. Thanks to Seth. Lightly cloudy, golden-brown with a fine, cream head. Big dark malt sweet bread nose, some pine and resins aroma. Big sweet flavor, more pine and resin, also brown sugar, big malts, some caramel. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming finish, sticky hop resins, some toasty sugars. Pretty thick and drinkable. Slightly cummy. Very good. 4.2 (Rated the same as last time without checking, so this is definitely my score for the beer.)
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours mahogany with thin tan head. Sweet, hoppy aroma. Initial flavor is sweet, like vanilla toffee, the fruitiness of pineapple and cherries, ending with pleasant hoppiness. LTD release #4, Spring 2011.
after4ever (6470) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a crystal clear medium brown with golden edges. Loose creamy head that goes away completely after a while. Big roasty caramel nose, showing raisins and toffee. Sticky body on the high side of medium, not super carbed. Toffee, caramel, raisins on the mid palate, mild resiny finish. Nice, balanced, harmonious, fairly well in line with everybody else in this space, nothing too original.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Ang’s birthday tasting at the craft.
Massive thanks to Lisa for being such a legend and bringing this back for us. Hell, she’s just a legend all round. Deep dark amber colour with a well behaved off white head. Cheesy barley nose with plenty of prickly booze showing through and some good preserve fruit and candied sugar. A bit of nostril horn if ever I’ve known it. The flavour isn’t quite as good as the sugar comes to the front a little too much. However, the candy floss hit it provides is certainly fun. There’s a slight lick of card that does it no favours but if you dig deeper, everything that was enjoyable about the aroma is clear. It’s just a little over the top to be really special. Too fruity and sugary. Whatever. Hop of the moment in a barley wine? I should fuckin coco. Cheers Lisa.
harrisoni (14508) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Bottle on Angs birthday. Toasty really more than anything else. Some toffee fruit some heat on finish. Its ok if a bit one dimensional. Finish grows. Yes a touch of toffee-ied fruit but just too toasty.