GarrettB (1090) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 22nd, 2012 - Wynkoop is a keystone of the Denver brewery scene, but I’ve never been. A trip home to Colorado in December is the perfect opportunity to remedy by omission. Oddly, my review notes begin with their Sledgehammer Barleywine, sure to set a serious tone for the remaining beers. The head is a peach fuzz white foam that runs up and along the glass, like the felt on a pool table, with a deep variety of browns, running from hazelnut at the top to nearly-black at the bottom. Soy sauce hits the nose, and then some chocolate, followed by the deeper, trundling sugars of sweet potato and caramel. I expect these to appear in the taste, too, but the first thing that greets the tongue is an alcoholic burn. Once that sharpness lifts, there’s a nicer cocoa element, with a better balance between deep sugars (brown sugar, molasses) and booze, with toffee on the end, though no caramel here. The balance is good, and while not complex, this is a solid barley wine offering here near Denver’s heart.
bytemesis (3486) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours hazy amber, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing. Aroma is dried fruits, toffee, rum, bourbon, dark sugars. Flavor follows, sweet, fruitcake and dark sugars, golden rum. Interesting, not great. Aftertaste has some odd notes, lingering zesty bitterness. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. ABV pretty well hidden.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Pours a deep red body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, raisins, and bread. Flavor of cherry, raisins, dates, caramel, earth, and grass with an alcohol burn in the finish.
jcwattsrugger (11210) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap-pours a tan head with hazy copper color. Aroma is soft sweet medium malt, medium fruit. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, sweet medium/dark fruit-plum, then herbal hop bite & alcohol come to front.
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours with a murky bronze hue with a rather minimal off-white head. Decent lace though. Aromas are exaggerated dark fruits, raisins, fig, fig newton, dates, caramel, vinous, red currant. Dark fruit esters every where. Flavors are quite sweet and quite boozy. A good amount of bitterness but no real balance. Tons of dark fruits, medium to low bubbles. Thick. Alcohol is somewhat obvious.
ROGUE (2127) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery. Poured a deep dark reddish brown color, with a small light tan foamy head that fell to a fine ring. Aromas of dark fruits,raisins, prunes, caramel and brown sugar. Tastes of more dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel and alcohol. Light hop bitterness towards the end. Rather sweet and the alcohol is very present.
Suttree (5255) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brow, thin ring of foam. Smells like caramel, vanilla and bourbon, with some alcohol heat. Flavor is bourbon, toffee, and more vanilla. Maybe a bit of alcohol heat in the finish.
zizzybalubba (1496) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Wynkoop in Denver. Brackish dark orange pour with a thin off-white head. Boozy, almost whiskey-like nose with lots of sweet caramel and citrus hops. More sweet than hoppy, the flavor is of brown sugar and toffee cut by tangerine hops on the back end. The finish leaves a lasting impression of the sweetness but is not too cloying. Very good overall.
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Wynkoop. Pours a dark maroon body with a creamy tan head. Quite sweet and sugary, winelike and hoppy nose. Pretty powerful sweet, fairly well hopped body that’s pretty enjoyable. Alcohol and a bit of a burn in the finish. Oak aged and that flavor really comes out nicely without being overpowering. Pretty well done.
onceblind (4510) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2011
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ Wynkoop. Medium brown, with lots of muddy brown-orange highlights around the edges. Quite hazy. Medium sized light tan creamy head with much lacing. Aroma reminiscent of spicy chocolate and pinewood, and definitely a dose of maple, with some earthiness. Taste is complex yet perplexing. Earthy chocolate? Hoppy maple? Sour and bitter yet super malty. Like a barleywine mixed with a brown ale. Super complex and interesting. Just not too drinkable or delicious.