DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Really an incredibly well balanced barleywine, begins with a really nice malt backbone with a solid woody note and a sweetness which sneaks in through the finish and lingers beautifully on the palate afterwards as it becomes deeper. This was a really incredible barleywine, really phenomenally well balanced and delicious, really wish i had some more to tuck away although it is pretty much perfect now jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Murky caramel-brown with good, creamy, tan head (barrel-aged?) / Rich, lightly hot nose of smoke, caramel, / Just shy of full body, sweet and chewy, smooth, with excellent balance and bitter finish lurking under the big body, and alcohol well masked / Flavors of fresh caramel, maple, just the right amount of smoke, orange, date, licorice, and oak? / One of the best barleywines I’ve ever had. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Pours a crystal clear amber with a fluffy beige head. Aroma hits with a great mix of smoke and toffee with maple and some boozy notes rounding it out. Flavor is hoppier than expected, alcohol warmth, light smoke and toffee. This one is going to age gracefully. arkurzynski (2406) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Sample shared at Central Waters anniversary party. Hazy red-brown pour. Loved the nose on this one - faded dank hops, dark fruit, caramel, salty bacon covered with sticky maple syrup. Flavor is dark fruit and caramel with maple sweetness and a medium salty smoke in the background. Some citrus hop bitterness to balance. Definitely not cloying with all flavors well-balanced and showcased. Alcohol nowhere to be found and palate was actually thinner than expected making this crazy easy to drink. crossovert (12614) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Jsut a huge one right here. Big, robust, nice smoke, sweet caramel, big mouthfeel.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2013
A - Cloudy brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, maple, oak, smoke, vanilla, caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus hops, some booze.
T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, maple, oak, smoke, vanilla, dark fruit, caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus hops, touch of hop bitterness, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey, sweet, and warming finish.
D - Great barleywine. The maple and smoke are at just the right level. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 Bottle... Poured brownish, mahogany with a thin, khaki head. Nose of maple, smoke, dark cereal grains, and oak. Nice alcohol character that acted like whiskey with the maple countering it. Hints of light smoke, charred grains, dark fruits, wood, toffee burnt sugars and a flavorful finish. DuffMan (10267) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle, shared at RBAG Summer Session 2012. Dark brown, golden highlights, thick golden-hued crown. Aroma is sweet and smoky, very rich! Lots of maple syrup flavour balanced by just the right amount of rustic campfire smoke, sweet raisins, vanilla, vague spices. Hell yeah! I loved this beer! TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
Pours dark brown with low carbonation and thick head. Sweet aroma with smokiness. The maple tends to come out as it warms up. Its understated though, enhancing the flavour unlike other poorly crafted beers with maple. Sweet and decadent...alcohol is well hidden for a beer of this abv. Wish I had more to age, would like to try a 2-3 year one.
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a murky amber with a slight orange hue and a respectably frothy tan head. Aroma is smoke, roast, char, bacon, wheat, grist, and perhaps some light sweetness from the maple but it is buried deep under the smoke. As the beer warms I get more toffee and raisin character under the smoke. Taste is condensed smoke with char bitterness up front followed by sweetness (the maple I imagine) and then a fairly heavy duty barley wine profile with raisin, toffee, some hop bitterness, and alcohol whispering through the finish. Mouthfeel is even and coating. Exceptionally well crafted and certain to age with the best of ’em. Well done Alesmith!