deyholla (12590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a near clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of cookie and sweet grains with caramel and toffee supporting. Flavor has toffee and sweet grains with light roast, coffee and bread backing. BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Bomber shared by Hoff - thanks! Sweet rich caramel and vanilla. Dark pour. Boozy and sweet. Yum. fluffy (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2016
a pretty nice barley wine that could probably stand to age for a while before consuming. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable (base brew: 22C American Barleywine)S_Side_Smitty (802) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2016
AROMA: A sweet coffee and milk chocolate scent. No hops or distinct malt aromas, though alcohol is present. 9/12
APPEARANCE: Burgundy proper hue; quite clear. Moderate amount of tan foam when poured, but evaporates quickly. 2/3
FLAVOR: Sweet from beginning to end with a slight chocolate candy taste. Slight flavor or red fruit or a general fruit punch sensation linger in the background. Alcohol imparts some brandy-like notes. Coffee emerges on the finish and complements the base brew well to offer a slight contrast of bitterness and roast. Hops are not distinctive, but still strong enough to offer balance. 15/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium+ body (probably was bigger when fresh but has declined a bit with age). Alcohol warmth is prominent, but tame. Finishes slight sweet. Difficult to drink more than a swig at a time. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not quite as good as a fresh draught pour, though the bottle has been preserved well after almost a year. No obvious oxidation. Palette is interesting and delectable. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 37/50
DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.
Pours opaque brown with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, carob - in that order. You can almost get the cherry in the aroma. Taste is smooth chocolateyness & coffee verging on mocha with some coffee bitterness teasing you along the way. The finish is that coffee inspired bitterness that lingers for a long but not too harsh finish. Love it. All y’all Yanks should get some for your winter season.
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2016
22oz bomber, courtesy of markwise, pours up with a murky amber colored body that has thin gold hued edges and supports a nice near tight tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a good dose of coffee followed closely by the classic aged coffee chili pepper note and then a blend of dark roasted coffee and then earthy coffee is noticed into the end of the draw. The taste is nice. I’m getting smooth slick rich malts and molasses and a bit of caramel sliding effortlessly into dark roasted and earthy coffee notes. Nice. bytemesis (9515) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to THE Homer. Pours hazy reddish hazel, medium beige head, dissipates fairly quickly leaving a ring and decent lacing. Aroma is very much coffee foreward, some dark sugars, mocha, vanilla. Flavor is medium plus sweet, light plus bitter, very coffee forward, but other notes manage to poke through, including some brown sugar, vanilla, and a hint of ashtray. Medium body, light acidity. Quite tasty. Homer321 (5250) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Draft at BrewHub. Nose is caramel sweet but with a cocoa or rich malt presence. Not a toffee bomb. Murky dark red pour with a small off white head. Taste is creamy cocoa with an almost vanilla presence. Honestly thought this was the barrel aged version. Call me a Homer, but this is great stuff. koleminer20 (4176) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s house on February 20. I believe this was a 22 oz bottle. The pour is a nice deep copper color with an ivory colored head, decently thick, that falls slowly leaving a couple spots of lace. The aroma is pretty decent. There is a ton of coffee up front. It moves through a nice dark fruit and into a vanilla. There is a light char on the back end that is pretty decent. The flavors are a little different. There is a big roasted coffee throughout. The fruits come up and then transition into a nice booziness. This one is a little out there, and it almost drinks like a stout in lieu of a barleywine. The mouth feel is a little lighter with a decent carbonation to go with the lingering coffee aftertaste. This is pretty good, but it seems like a stout rather than a barleywine. Could be a little better, but it could definitely be worse. railcat1 (706) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2015
This was as good a barley wine as I have ever had and with the hints of coffee it gave it a smooth and very tasty finish.