fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2006
It poured a ruby caramel creamy color with a small tan head that quickly faded. The nose is fantastic...honey, chardonney grapes, peach, mango, suttle spices, nuts, and oak. The taste starts vinos in nature, alcohal is warming but not really apparent at 10.5%. This beer has loads of tannins that make you smack the tongue, and the hop presence is right there to give you some balancing bitterness.
The strong malt backbone and the aging in the chardonney barrels are a great compliment making this a smooth sippable brew. I can see why this is called a summer barleywine due to the refreshing nature in terms of carbonation, also the fruit feel on the palate. Anyone that is a fan of barleywines you need to try this brew!
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Wow, wow, wow. What sick depth this beer has. Smells mead like with nice honeycomb coming to mind. Taste is incredibly smooth and light bodied. Multi-layered mid pallette involving wine grapes, honey, and mild chard. barrel is exquisite. Nothing is over the top here. Everything is mellow and dances over your tongue revealing all the great depth this beer has to offer. Well done and very original concept. dnstone (3383) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Farmhouse-like aroma. Hazey golden in appearance. Honey sweet with a hint of wood and a brett-sour edge. egajdzis (6499) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
[Draft @ the brewpub] Poured a lightly hazy, golden amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, green grapes, caramel malts, apple, honey, and light alcohol. Taste of caramel, vanilla, light oak, tart chardonnay notes, and a lightly alcoholic finish. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Draft at EBF. Pours a honey amber beer with a thin lacing. Salty malt bill hints of oak and wine. Mild tannins, sweet and tart with some grape and peach. What a weird offering, thanks BrianK for making me try this one.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2009
One of my favorites at the 2009 Boulder Strong Ale Festival. This one wasn’t as burly and bold as most beers at the fest, but it was very pleasant, with a mellower complexity. I’m glad it was my first sample. Rust colored and slightly cloudy. Tingly, refreshing texture. Hard cider notes were complemented by a nice and vinous, white wine characteristic. Other notes of oak, pear and apple. Warming in the throat, though alcohol was hidden well. Great stuff. Quevillon (3061) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2009
Bu sur place et fut (9 oz), le 10 juillet 2009. Rousse caramel, pas de collet. arome d’orge malté, fruit sûrettes muries, un peu de réglisse. Goût de fruits sûrette intense, beaucoup de grenolats, loin d’être réchauffante. Une bonne bière forte avec beaucoup de saveur, faite pour l’été, ma meilleur bière local du voyage! TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Enjoyed at CBC on their out door patio. Served in one of their small glasses due to its high ABV. Depp amber color with no head and really no carbonation. The aroma is very Chardonnay and white oak mixed malt. It is as if someone took some crusty bread and soaked it in white wine. Even through the taste I get a light grape like acid to it. Through the taste i get the grain more but also a wildflower honey. Mixing with the slight alcohol notes gives the impression of a light lowlands scottish whiskey. This is a very good barley wine and yes I very much could imagine drinking it in the shade of a summer afternoon. OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 05-10-12 En fût au Cambridge brewery: Brune pâle, mais épaisse, avec tres légère effervescence et petit collet de mousse disparaissant lentement. Incroyables arômes complexes et multiples difficles à décrire: Houblon, pain, caramel, notes de chocolats, de fruits... Les saveurs sont également nombreuses et complexes. Asser sucrée, belle petite amertume, note surette, elle a tout pour elle. Corps moyen et texture légèrement ronde, très facile à boire pour une barley wine. Forte note d’alcollqui en fait une barley wine 4 saisons. BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2007
[stem glass @ the brewpub] Incredible fruity aroma-- apricot, pear, peach.. very intriguing and complex. Dense, full flavors are packed with fruits, solid malt character and some incredibly complex tart acidity (I assume from the Chardonnay barrel). Syrupy, slick mouthfeel. Outstanding, overall.