Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Courtesy of ksurkin
Pours amber with off white head. The aroma is big with pine hops, tree sap, sweet musty crusty malts, prunes, raisins and plums. The taste is similar with big brash pummeling hops that pack punches from pine, resiny goodness and some grassiness. Behind the assertive load of hops are sweet malts that have fused with the resiny pine bitterness to create a pleasing flavor. I get loads and loads of hops balanced by slick yet deep sludgy sweet malts. It ends with lingering pine hop flavor and robust hop bitterness. Love this!
BREWMUSKCLES (2759) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2014
very nice brew. beery and festive. boozy and bright. flavors morph well with a hint of caramel nut. it’s got everything going for it. finish is nice as it does not linger badly. bit of fruity syrup. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
22oz bottle, #0181 of 2007. American Barley-Wine Style. Pours a deep Reddish-brown color, with an off-white head. Aromas of tobacco, and big sweetness. The label states American Barley-Wine Style.? No way, this one seems more English Style to me. Dark fruit, and rich caramel malt flavors. Rich and heavy bodied. Shouldn’t it finish with a big bitterness. mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle 26 of 2007 pours deep brown with some garnet high lights. Raisin, toffee and molasses aromas. Slightly sweet aroma. Deep caramel body with slight alcohol burn and flavors. Bit of bitterness at the end. Dark fruits left on the tongue. Fruit sweetness at the end. Bit sticky but not overly. Good mouthfeel. Not bad. grows on me. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Another old rating. Another old rating. Aroma of aged hops and caramel malts. Well rounded overall. Flavor was smooth. A great lingeing flavor.
obguthr (6829) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Draft: Orange and lemon zest bouquet, with an abundance of pine needle. Hazy copper, thick yellow head, nice lacing. Full body. Complex flavor of cherries, oak, strawberries, fig, and raisins. Pine sap finish. A bit resinous mouthfeel. Fair balance. It was particularly enjoyable with oysters rockafeller. Very drinkable. Emeister84 (2656) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Vanilla, toffee, and subtle blackberry on the nose. Ruby with eggnog-colored, sticky head, moderate retention. Sweet, strong, and bitter, with flavors of berries, purple grapes, and chickory. Full bodied, low-moderate carbonation, and a long lightly sweet, strong finish. FernandoC (1) - - APR 17, 2014 does not count
Aroma cítrico e deliciosamente lupulado, com notas herbáceas presentes.
Corpo médio e com alta carbonatacao.
No sabor delicioso, além do lúpulo predominante, também sao perceptíveis ameixas e damascos. A acidez fica muito bem integrada.
Final médio e boa drinkability.
Achei uma Pale ale fantástica e vou virar freguês.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
22 oz bottle (2013 vintage) into a tulip.
A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger pale yellow shade. Not only is the retention good, but it leaves behind some nice rings of lacing.
S: The hops here seem to be more citrusy than piny. I even want to say they’re kind of berry-forward, suggesting this has Mosaic hops. Caramel and toffee malts are present, but thankfully are subdued. Actually, subdued is a good way to describe the general aroma; still decent, though.
T: Holy crap, where did all this blueberry flavor come from? And not the pure Fruity Pebbles you get in, say, Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat, but actual friggen’ blueberries. This note hits the palate immediately and I love it. There’s no way this isn’t brewed with Mosaic - as well as this brew shows off the berry notes, how can’t it be? It finishes with some more piny hop flavors, caramel, toffee, and a twinge of alcohol. Just an all-around excellent barleywine.
M: This is relatively light and crisp (for the style), yet still retains well-concealed alcohol. It’s not overly dry, either. It does an excellent job of covering up the 10%.
O: I admit, when Bitter Valentine let me down, it made me take pause over this offering. I was dead wrong: this is freaking fantastic. There’s just enough ’balance’ to display the berry-forward goodness without overpowering the palate. One of my favorite hoppy barleywines to date. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this at the brewery from a snifter.
4.0 A: Hazy amber plum color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Good retention and plenty of lacing.
4.5 S: Sweet sugary plums, red currants, figs, gingerbread, brown sugar, caramel, molasses.
4.25 T: Tastes like it smells. Sweet without being cloying.
4.75 M: Lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Super creamy and smooth.
4.5 D: No flaws and super drinkable.
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DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015