Thewade (340) - USA - MAR 3, 2014
Nice barleywine. Slightly boozey, but normal for the style. I enjoyed, and would buy another. John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle. Dark ruby. The nose is pine and burnt sugar. The taste has roasted barley, burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, and some spices. The body is lighter than I would like it to be. Medium carb. There's a nice warm alcohol feeling that lingers in your chest but, also a slippery buttery feeling on the lips, maybe diacetyl. Pretty good.
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Tap @ Meridian Yardhouse: Brown color with reddish hues and a nice tan head. It is a great looking beer. Pleasant toasty aroma of hops with flavors of robust hops and some sort of spice. It has a smooth thick body with a little perfume and hairspray in the aftertaste. BeerKurve (520) - - FEB 12, 2014
Hazy red/crimson color with mild carbonation and a filmy head. Aroma of grapefruit, piney hops, caramel, toffee and orange peel. Flavor starts out quite malty with notes of caramel and dark fruity notes before settling to a piney & citrus hop finish; Mellow flavor. Body is moderate and mildy carbonated. Pretty good! maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draught in a flight. Pours a reddish brown color with a slight haziness. Nose is malt forward, with some caramel tones coming off this. However, I do get a bit of dry resin underneath. I found the taste to be pretty well balanced, though there is a slight sweetness in there. I get a little bit of bread notes in the taste as well. I found this to be quite smooth, and not at all boozy - a deceptive 10.7%.
Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Consumed 1/06/13.
She pours a deep dark brown color and leaves the same colored body with a slim half fingered white foamy head that tries to dies but maintains a degree of trying to cling its best of clinging to the glass. In other words, there really isn’t much lacing and the body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.
The smell is mostly caramel flavored hops with a sort of bubblegum-esque sort of thing going on, I actually like how this combines (call me weird, but if I had a better trained nose, maybe I’d figure out what is really going on here), can I just say very sweet.
The taste is sweet, ok, more than sweet, ok, exceptionally sweet, but still, there’s a degree of an oily raisinous flavoring coating the mouth. The aftertaste is somewhat of a sweet oily sort of alcohol-ness but coming through in a pretty good manner.
The palate is about a medium to heavy, not sessionable - this one is a sipper (don’t gulp -you’re stupid if you do). Carbonation actually feels somewhat smooth for the most part.
Overall, wow, what a good American Barleywine that I would have again. Ferris (17120) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
Draft - Raisins, nuts, vinous barrel notes and a bit of dark sugar. Clear dark amber with a thin light brown head. Caramel, chocolate, red grape and some brown sugar. Finishes with some slight bitterness. Very smooth and flavourful. rougeau13 (3282) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2014
2013 Vintage. Clear reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of raisin, caramel, dark cherry, tropical fruit, and pine. Taste is full and malty with some booze and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and slightly dry. Kind of thin for what I expected. Decent, delicious aroma but not all that impressive tasting. Frydaddy (24) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2014
This was a 2009 that I had found in a store last year (2013). Which is crazy, since now the beer had aged for five years when I finally drank it. The hops aroma and bitterness was very subdued. Very malty and sweet wonderful. I have to say, it aged quite well. Some sherry notes detonated from the oxidation I’m sure. But all-in-all this beer ROCKED!! I’d recommend to anyone if you can get your hands on one do it! tmoreau (4750) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Shared 2013 bomber poured to snifters, displaying a mahogany hue, with a modest layer of off white/light tan head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose offered an initial dank hint, with a touch of mustiness, caramel sweetness, esters as dried cherry, and lurking alcohol presence. Moderate hop bitterness was overshadowed by the hefty malt, as the taste continued with sweetness, some port/vinous nature, warming alcohol, and soft carbonation, all in a medium+ body. A worthy, winter defroster!