jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Draft at Rattle with Linh. Pours a hazed out orange body with one finger white, frothy head. Aroma is booze, dark fruit and pine. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonated with notes of pine hop, sweet barley, light booze, lemon, and sweet fruity malts. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
On tap. Pours with a muddy orange hued body with a lasting white head that leaves great lace. Aromas are of tea, caramel, faded citrusy hops (orange), marmalade, alcohol, lots of esters. Maybe a slight savory note. Flavors are complex, brandy, caramel, dark fruits, orange, estery, balancing alcohol, malty, drinkable big barleywine with a high bitterness. Lower carbonation, fuller bodied, warming. Tasty malt complexity with a lot of (somewhat faded) hops. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
Draught at Rattle ’N’ Hum, NYC. June 2. Pours a murky copper with a small diminishing creamy white head and lots of lacing on the glass. Nice aroma is fruity and hoppy along with caramel malt and bit of spice. Flavour, again is fruity and hoppy along with caramel malt and alcohol. Nice bitter finish. Medium bodied. Great stuff, an easy to drink version of the style. Radek Kliber (7363) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 31, 2011
On tap at Coles GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Aroma big heavy malts right up front with solid dose of west coast hopping. Aroma rather typical what you would expect from Bear Republic not of barleywine.7+
Appearance amber with light haze. Good creamy top. Fine lace on glass.4-
Flavor and Palate : Big heavy body. Sticky sweet malts that are easily balanced by equally massive amount of hops. Texture itself was mild making this colossus quiet drinkable. Mature offering.
6 oz pour on draft at Snallygaster 2016. 2010 vintage. Golden brown with beige head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, toffee. Tastes of caramel, honey, light floral, dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.
caesar (7156) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2010
Tap @ Boston/NY 2009. Clear reddish color, short head. Quite sweet, decent malty taset. Quite sugary. VastActiv (7133) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Tap at Bear Republic, Healdsburg. Colour is cloudy light brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, sweetness, hops and malts. Not massive but very drinkable. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Draft at Coles, Buffalo NY> somewhat murky, deep orange amber color. British maltiness, Pledge furniture cleaner, pine, booze, orange rind. Fruity rich maltiness. somewhat watered down flavor. classic BW flavors are present, rich maltiness, booze but just doesnt come off sharp or strong. Decent at best egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, toffee malts, stone fruits, some booziness. Taste of citrus, toffee, caramel, oxidation, lighter fruitiness, some alcohol in the finish. ben4321 (6510) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Location: Draft sampling from Whole Foods (Bowery @ Houston St.)
Aroma: Sweet doughy malts, some pine
Appearance: Darkish red, off-white head
Flavor: Sweet mix of fruit flavors, some grains
Palate: Full body, thick/chewy
This was a pretty nice barley wine, strong and sweet, but still hoppy. Definitely worth a try.