Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2009
Atlanta BW tasting at 5 Seasons. Pours a ruby red amber with a thin lasting head. aroma is sweet- tons of brown sugar, toffee, caramel malts, fruity esters - raisin apple, pear, and figs doughy with some bread yeast and thick molasses. Flavor is a bit spicy and phenolic up front when it is cool, but as it warms the sweetness and fruits come out a bit- caramel, toasted malts, toffee, honey, and dark bitter fruitiness in the end- as it warms you get some alcohol kick but still stays big and smooth. Pretty good overall. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2009
An almost cherry colored pour with a hint of brown. Creamy off white head and lace. Deep molasses/brown sugar, dried fruit, abv aroma. Abv, and a good balance of malt and hops. A nice warmth as well. Medium full bodied with soft carbonation. Very unusual and very damn good. Oakes (17676) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2009
Golden-amber colour. Big, boozy, burly character. Hot finish and a big chewy, slight vanilla note. There is a lot of smooth sweetness that helps to offset a bit of heat. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2009
Clear but very dark red with small white head. Smells like a chewy beer with apple skins and mealy apple aromas. A sweet smelling brew. Really thick, heavy high gravity body but surprisingly not so chewy. Same sweet, juicy yeast character as the other beers in the 5S lineup but in a beefier beer. Sweeter than it is hoppy. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Not that impressed with this one. Dark brown in color. Had a nice hop taste. The hops provided a great bitterness, but the bartender took forever to deliver this one to me. The malt taste was not as great as the hop taste. Small glass. I believe that it was around 8 oz. instead of the 12 oz. glass, or even 16 oz. glass. Nice sweet taste, but honestly this barley wine is average in my opinion. A little watery, but still decent for a barley wine. The beer had that hop taste, but the malts did not back it up. I was expecting a better palate than this. Overall, fairly decent barley wine just not the best.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
On tap at 5 Seasons. Poured clear caramelly-amber with a creamy cap of beige head. The aroma picked up well-aged caramel, toffee, and brown sugary note with a warm and heavy (but well-contained) alcohol influence.. hoppy as well with a significant floral presence. The flavor was on the strong and bitter side with aged, sweeter caramel and toffee notes backing.. floral bitterness gave way to booze-inspired heat on the edges and through the finish.. lots of residual sugars at the end. Heavier-bodied with moderate carbonation and lots of warmth on the palate.. long bitter impression on the finish.. kinda reminded me of a fresh Old Stock. KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Draft. My favorite beer of the afternoon. Clear, ruby color. Strong piney hops in the nose. Flavor is really nice. Sweet caramel, dark fruits, piney hops. Finish is bitter with a good amount of warming alcohol. pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Dark ruby/brown. Balance of sweet malts and fruits as well as pine tree hops in the nose. Flavor is sweet. Full bodied. Could use more hops to balance the malt. Cybercat (5834) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Pours a dark translucent ruby-brownish with a decent light tan head. Strong malty and hoppy aroma has molasses and nutty hints. Rich flavor has a strong alcohol zing typical of barleywines, but this does not dominate the taste, which has a nice balance of malt and hops and a nutty undertone. Texture is smoother and more pleasant than most barleywines I have tried. Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Pours dark ruby with small head. Aroma of fruit, caramel sweet malt, light hops. Taste is very malty, dark fruit, light hop, other sweetness. Finish is smooth with warming alcohol. Mouth is also nice. Overall, a solid BW.