jsquire (4783) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Deep amber brown color with a short lived off white head that left some attractive lace on the glass. Sweet candied orange peel nose. This is very sweet. Thick syrupy beer with lots of melted toffee and white sugar. Ripe fruit, candied orange peel, marmalade, raisen, and a bit of leather. It is just so sweet. My lips are sticky. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4oz taster on tap at the Downtown location, for $.75. What a deal. Mostly hazy amber orange color. Thin off-white head, leaving thicker even sheets of lace. Bigger sweet taste up front; orange. Sweet sugary malt. Like orange syrup in this thing or something. Some vanilla. Bigger sweet taste, lighter bitter compared to the bigger sweetness. Much more malty than hoppy, though there’s definitely an orange citrus hop heat on the end. It’s a big sweet syrupy malt that dominates mostly. Sweetnees, and the mild warmth at the end doesn’t work super-great together. Bigger body, slick and syrupy. Pretty full feel. Lighter, kind of smooth soft lightly creamy texture to the carbonation. A decent, interesting barleywine overall, but way to sweet for me. Even just sipping a 4oz was pretty challenging. Best part of this is that orange citrus note, aside from that the sugary sweetness dominates. foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
On tap at Ale House No. 1. Hazy copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of bready malts with hints of citrus and pine. Flavor is slightly sweet but balanced and bold. Big toffee and caramel with moderate hop bitterness and subtle dark fruit. Strong floral notes with fruity esters reminiscent of Belgian yeast. A medium body and well-concealed alcohol means this is surprisingly easy to drink. A great barley wine. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Snifter from the brewpub. Pours a hazy caramel orange with a white head. nose is American barleywine, but malty as hell. Smells of caramel, vanilla, honey, slight sharp citrus, and sweetness all over. Flavor echoes the sweetness balanced by the the citrus-leaning hops. Very enjoyable barleywine. GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 14, 2010
This is a flavorful, malty beer that is also subtle and lighter in body than many barleywines (I say as a good thing here). There is vanilla and spice in the flavor, a smooth maltiness and a bit of alcohol warming at the end. Nice.
bdigital (659) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Cask @ Alehouse #1....pours a dark amber. Nose is heavy on vanilla bean, brown sugar, dark fruits and has a bit of black pepper on the back end. Nice body...I am a big proponent of the body on all cask ale. Flavors were ridiculous, all of the aforementioned notes were apparent along with an enticing anise flavor on the mid-palate. Great brew...glad to have tried it BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2010 Reated: 5-22-10 from 3.3. Had on draft at Barleys Mini Real Ale Fest (Columbus). This was MUCH nicer today. Have no idea why, but it seemed smoother and sweeter, and the hops were much less prominent.
Nice nose of caramel and vanilla. Which leads you to believe it will be a much sweeter barley wine..surprisingly bitter and hoppy though which is not how I prefer mine. Very good, but I like them sweeter. JaBier (8570) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Sampled at Barley’s 7th Annual Mini Real Ale Fest. Opaque copper color with a thin off-white head. Grassy hop aroma with a caramel malt balance. Malty flavor up front with a bitter hop finish. Nicely balanced. Tmoney99 (15403) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Draft sample at MRAF 2009.
Poured hazy reddish copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate fruity and small malty aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy fruity bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
This is a complex standout beer. iowaherkeye (2702) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
22oz bomber, hand bottled by moejuck--thank you Joe. Cloudy orange caramel with a one finger creamy yellowish white head, good retention. Good job hand bottling, Joe! Pineapple and citrus hops atop a big sweet caramel malt backbone. I can only pick up on a small amount of spicy alcohol. Flavor is again pretty sweet with caramel malts and a fair amount of grainy malts. The alcohol is more apparent as well. The hops are present, but seem to take a bit of a backseat to the malts. Bitterness peaks around a 3-4 in the semi-dry finish. Low carbonation with a big fat full body. If it was just a little less sweet it’d make me happier--but then again BW are not my most favorite. As it is, it’s pretty good.