edgallow (4470) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2017 ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a bottle of this back in early 2008 and recently retried it again on draught (at Sunset Grill) January 2009. The bottle I remember being punishingly caramelly-sweet with the typical fruitiness, bordering on tartness at points, of the house character imparted by the breweries yeast and/or bottling line? Anyways, it was strong, alcoholic and sweet, nearly cloying, with all of the bad traits of crystal and munich malt (meatiness, iced tea-like flavors, sharp, punchy cereal-like qualities and a strong overdrying on the finish). The hops were toned down and this wasn’t a mess of alpha acids, at least. Recently on draught, I found the beer a little more balanced, with a decidedly strong chocolate and pale and or pils malt combination to produce a chocolate caramel sweetness with a soft, inviting mouthfeel. Seems like the malt bill has been changed somewhat? Not much complexity and still a touch too much alcohol, but the same discretion with the hops at least. Some light plum-cherry fruitiness and bits of toffee-caramel on the finish.
12 oz bottle pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses, caramel and vanilla. Taste is sweet caramel and fruit. mcmisko (362) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Aroma: not much to smell, nothing funky. Appearance: cloudy dark brown, no head . Taste: Toasted malts, ripe dark fruits, a little spice. Palate: Not overlly sweet, alchohol taste is hidden well. Good beer. One of the best barely wines I’ve had. ryecatcher (1464) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle. Turbid, rusty-amber pour, medium off-white head with decent retention. Nose is sticky candy, stone fruit, figs, caramel, melon. Mouth is big and oily, medium bitterness cutting through a large sweet palette of caramel, fruit (oranges, figs, dates). Long day so I’m not really doing this justice, but it’s a decent barleywine and Tony the tiger should be proud to share his town with Arcadia. They’re great! cobaink2 (796) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Bottle from tavour vintage 2017. Pours a dark amber color. Nice for the style. Caramel is the outstanding flavor with some faint licorice and grape musT maybe a bit of vinegar. Quite nice on this young bottle. monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2017
A very nice barleywine. Pours a deep red with a tan head. Smells great, cereal and lots of strawberries and other berries. Taste is very berry fruit, strawberries, and bright candy, and cereal. Fizzy, bright, smooth finish. Paired with spicy shrimp stacks, the fruitiness is cut down a bit. Had in the bottle.
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fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2016
A fine brew though not the best barleywine I’ve had in the past. Nice aroma...appearance soso and aroma acceptable. Taste was pleasant and I wouldn’t turn one down if offered in the future. Learninbeer (639) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2016
The aroma is malty, caramel and a little molasses. Pours a cloudy dark brown/copper with an off white head mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is sweet and then a little bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish long. Overall not bad, I’ve been frowning on barleywines of late, so this would probably be rated higher if I was more into barleywines.
Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2016
12oz bottle that’s been rotting in my fridge for a few years! Bottled on date is 12/06/??. Of course the year is smudged! Pours a clear caramel Amber brown color with a super small beige head of foam. Aroma of mainly booze, sweet caramel, and toffee. Taste is much the same. Boozy, sweet caramel, grassy bitterness, metal, toffee, and sweet fruit. Mr_Pink_152 (5541) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
Bottle from Hopology, Nottingham. Rhayader ruby red colour. No head. Aroma berry fruit, spicy dark stewed fruit and vanilla. Taste is fruity sweet, and a touch of alcohol. Medium body. Christpuncher (3251) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2016
very good as barlwywines go. aroma of grapes and fruit. flavor is sweet, fruity and nicely balanced. had on draft. decent barleywine.