hman43 (1883) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2016
It pours a cloudy brown. It has aromas of dark fruits, molasses and oranges. It adds a sweetness to the taste with caramel, dark fruits, molasses and oranges. It has a bitter finish. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Draught at the Saucer for Cellarbration of Raleigh Beer Week. I think this was vintage 2011. Poured a hazy dark amber color with very little head on it. Nose was surprisingly hoppy to me, with some floral notes coming through along with some sweetness. Taste was only slightly sweet and felt very smooth and well-balanced to me. Very pleasant barley wine. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Pours unclear amber orange with a small off white head. The aroma is sticky sweet malts in the style of barleywine, but smooth, not overbearing. The flavor also brings sweet and sharp resiny barleywine malt notes with a fairly smooth ending for the style. There are some lemony citrus notes as well on a smooth body. HighlanderOne (1393) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Poured from bottle received as xmas gift Interesting aroma of rum raisin, burnt caramel, pear, butter. Cloudy walnut, beige head. I taste spices (nutmeg), pepper, orange peel, banana, floral hops, molasses, toffee Alcohol noticed in back, but not an issue. Slightly sour , citrusy feel. Pretty good, would probably benefit from proper aging. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle, thanks E for sharing. Fairly clear amber with a minimal white head but good lace. Nose is soapy, some caramel, light pine. Flavor is lightly bready, some caramel, a bit of booze, some citrus bitterness. Drinks a lot lower than its abv. Almost reminds me a english barleywine on cask. Soft carbonation, with a slicky, slightly sticky finish.
emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Pours a clean reddish orange with one finger of off white head. Rich nose, candied fruits and some notes of alcohol and citrusy hops. Slight off character. Sharp flavor, citrus rind bitterness and rich bready malt character. Full bodied with a warming finish. awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2008
From a 12oz Bottle. Bottled 11/21/06. Mostly transparent, ruddy amber colored pour with a thin head of large bubbled off-white. Aromas of caramel malt, orange blossoms, and piney hops. Some harsh alcohols noted. A touch of confectioner’s sugar sweetens up the nose a bit. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a thin texture. Flavors of caramel and toffee malt sweetness up front on the palate, but the body lacks much chewiness for a barleywine, leaving it a bit thin. Piney hops come through mid-palate, although they leave a bit of a scratchy sensation left on the palate. Hints of raisin. Too high on the American hop levels and not enough malt complexity leaves this one a bit simple. Simple is OK if it’s drinkable, but come on, this is a barleywine. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2008
North Raleigh Tasting! Had a bottle from 05 & 06. Cloudy amber with a big malty nose. Caramel and citrus with bitter finish. the fresher had more of an intense flavor jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
12 oz. bottle, bottling date of (11/08/06), sampled in a snifter.
L: Cloudy orangey amber with a compact beige head of creamy foam that settled into a thin sudsy lacing. Light amounts of splotchy dots ring the glass.
S: Orange blossoms and citrus juice, oily pine, caramel and estery solvent alcohol.
F&T: Moderate body that has a slight thin watery feel in the mouth, light on any creaminess or firmness, mildly crisp and dry. The solvent alcohol is upfront in the taste, seems to wash out a lot of the hop flavors, just watery tastes of citrus and pine, ending with a dry earthy bitterness. The malts are a bit thin, caramel and soft touches of sugar. A briefly lingering nuttiness comes out in the finish, adding to an otherwise watery solvent finish.
An o.k. barley wine, but not something I would return to.
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Dated 11/21/06 8.7% ABV. Caramel in color, burnt orange hues, large frothy off-white head, decent lacing. Pale
malt nose, citrus peel, toasted marshmallows, and touch of alcohol on the nose. A little green on the tongue, but not hot nor overly
bitter. Not a big malt base, otherwise slightly sweet with some minor bitter citrus peel. Comes across as a lightweight, one
that probably wouldn’t do much for aging... granted this appears to be a one year old bottle. Does have a pretty clean/light finish.
Body and mouthfeel are moderate, at best. Expected it to be a little thicker, but as is it would be a very light Barley Wine
that might be a good gateway example for those not familiar with the style. Thanks Tom for the bottle!