MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Quite nice -- maybe not the best barley wine I’ve ever tasted but certainly in the top echelon for its class. ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2016
Poured from the can into a tulip glass. The appearance is a cloudy dark amber with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is malt with some vanilla. The taste is a thick sweet malt that quickly warms you from the alcohol.
Alphadelic (2237) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2013
Yes. The nose is heavy with caramel and grapey fruit. Lightly carbonated with a heavy cherry pie flavour. Very tasty, perfectly smooth and rich but with enough bitterness to counter balance it. I am a massive fan of it. Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Aromas of citrus fruit, vanilla, butter cookies, pie crust, peaches, berries, raisins, figs, and subtle booze. Clear, dark ruby with a fading, off-white head. Sweet, strong, earthy, and slightly bitter. Medium-full body, low carbonation, and finishes with predominant malt flavors and some heat. Beachmaster (558) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 9, 2014
11.5 oz can. Pours a clear coppery color, with a one finger off-white head which dissipates and leaves minimal lacing. Nose is hops predominantly, with a hint of caramel. Taste is caramel and kandi sugar, with a creamy mouthfeel and pleasant hop finish. Alcohol is well-disguised. Overall, a pleasant drink.
bropgh (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Drank this as a last slot in a mixed 6. Not too bad, got better as it warmed. A decent 21st Amendment offering, with ABV to boot. Alengrin (5369) - BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2017
American-style barleywine apparently named after Cornelius De Boom, a Belgian entrepreneur drawn to San Francisco during the Gold Rush, making it to Honorary Belgian Consul with a street named after him - just round the corner from 21st Amendment. From a smallish and narrow, 250 ml can at BeerTemple in Amsterdam; apparently the first craft beer filled in this volume, intended to translate the old small English barleywine bottle concept to the 21st-century ’craft beer can’ idea. Lightly lacing, egg-white, moussy, stable head over a hazy deep orangey amber coloured beer. Intense, very seductive aroma of biscuit, orange zest, dried mango, brown rum, honey liqueur, marmelade, parsley, pink grapefruit, bourbon, lychee, pine resin, mandarin. Intense, yet ’clean’ fruitiness in the onset, a basket filled to the brim with ripe mango, lychee, granadilla and tangerine, sweet and ’candied’ with a balancing sourishness around it, soft carbo, very vinous, very oily, thick mouthfeel. Very biscuity, bit caramelly and very lightly nutty malt body, thick, syrupy and rich with honeyish sugary sweetness on top but near the end dried by a very potent hop dosage, very resiny, piney, grapefruity and ’tropical fruity’, orange peel and exotic pepper bitterness, paired with a glow of bourbon-like, very warming yet non-astringent alcohol. Very intense beer even for this style, but utterly delicious and rich, potentially the best American-style barleywine I ever had, with strong IIPA-like tendencies like many other Californian interpretations of this style. mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Dark brown color with a very small head. Big malt aroma with some hops in back. Strong plum/raisin flavors. Tons of malt flavor. Nice use of dark crystal malt. Bitterness in the finish. Full body. Nice! nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Had this beer at the end of an 800 mile drive, and then being lost for about an hour and a half in the bay area. Looked pretty dark for a bwine, and the 70 IBU's were intimidating, but it was well balanced and turned out to be quite drinkable. pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Aroma: Burnt sugar and caramel aromas with dried fruit and earthy yeast undertones. Complex and tempting.
Appearance: Deep amber with rocky tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves lots of lacing.
Taste: Heavy sourness with a light, candy sweetness to balance.
Palate: Full body, thick texture, average carbonation, long finish.
Overall: Rich, complex and deep as any good barleywine should be. I’m not blown away, but I see the crafting and development here.