Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle. Poured 4/27/14. Dark brown with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is vanilla, citrus hops, caramel, grassy, dark fruit, syrupy, sweet; very nice. Taste is spicy, earthy, grass, fruity, caramel, vanilla, syrup; very little in the way of aftertaste. Overall, quite mild but very flavorful. Nice, dense lacing throughout. Thick, coating mouth feel. Medium-low carbonation. A really nice, well-balanced barleywine. Well done! hardypc (38) - - FEB 20, 2013
There is almost too much going on here. There are many subtle hints of malt, barley, various hops, and the list goes on and on. You get a little bit of a lot, but for me it fails to pull it all together. It is still a decent one off brew, but I was hopping for more when it came to this collaboration. b3shine (8873) - Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Draft to taster at the brewery (released last year during Cincinnati Beer Week). Looks solid; a cloudy brownish-orange with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes solid; sweet and malty with some hoppiness. Average on the palate. Decent. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured medium orange with a dense, nice-lookin’ beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted toffee and fruity notes with peppery warmth and a hit of raw alcohol accenting.. came back to fruity on the back of the nose.. seemed like more of a DIPA than a barley wine. The flavor found dry pale and molasses malts at the core, with tangy fruits, bitter citrus, peppery alcohol, and more molasses around.. finished tangy, warm, and rather assertive. Medium-plus bodied and messy through the palate.. smooth carbonation, especially across the middle.. too much going on, and it never managed to pull it together. phaleslu (10264) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2012
12 oz. bottle from alexsdad06- thanks again, Brad! Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head that settles into a lasting film. Aroma of caramel malts, toasted brown sugar, citrusy hops, pine resin, prunes, plums, and a woody, leafy note. Flavor of leafy, citrusy hops, grapefruit, and raisins, turning into sweeter and maltier, with caramel hops, brown sugar, toast, and finally a warming finish. More complexity than I had anticipated based on my first whiff. Medium-bodied, with a resinous, malty mouthfeel and medium carbonation, but only early. Nice collaborative effort on this barleywine.
Drjohnrock (805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Draft at Arnold’s on February 29, 2012--glad they held some of this back beyond Cincinnati Beer Week. Dark brown hazy hue, small tan head that mostly lasted with fair lacing, appealing sweet/spicy aroma with some hops in there as well, rich and sublime bittersweet flavor with strong fruity and reisin notes plus pretty lively hops--I can see why some consider this beer to be at least something of an IPA. Very triumphant offering from a group of local breweries, and a fine choice for my 200th rating. Hopefully this brew is a sign of many good things to come on the Greater Cincinnati beer scene. We really do have it better with our local/regional breweries than a lot of similarly sized cities--Moerlein, Listermann, Mt. Carmel, Rivertown, Red Ear, Great Crescent--and 2012 is bringing, by my count, no less than five new brewers: Double Barrel, Blank Slate, Brew River Gastropub, Mad Tree, and a brewpub at Heritage Grand. Instead of complaining that we don’t hae a Bells or Stone or a bunch of Belgian monks, let’s support, at the very least, the better offerings by our local brewers, encourage them to expand their offerings, and spread the word to others. Let’s do all we can to return Cincinnati to its rightful place as a major brewing capital! DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter.
5.0 A: Tranluscent or opaque (can’t really tell which) plum color. Two and a half fingers of creamy beige head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing.
4.5 S: Wow, this is hoppy as hell. Super floral, super dank, super citrus. Orange and mango predominate. Underneath there are notes of caramel and toffee. This is every bit a DIPA. Booze is well hidden.
4.5 T: Solid mix of hops and malts. Again floral and citrus with orange leading the way. Some notes of pine and grapefruit as well. Lots of hop flavor without a lot of hop bitterness. Caramel and toffee maltiness. Some light fruitiness as well. Solid.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Carbonation is on the higher end for the style, but it works pretty well here. Frothy creaminess abounds.
4.5 D: Really surprising. Mt. Carmel makes some damn mediocre beers, but this is a splendid treat. I think I may have to pick up some more. This is a lot like FFF Behemoth, only way better.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-04-2012 04:54:42 AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
I was pretty damn impressed with this beer. I had read somewhere that Sam Adams contributed to this as well. Aggressively hopped with a solid malt backbone. If you are a hophead, drink it now, if not age it. slats1221 (60) - Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2012
This beer was pretty good, like others have said doesn’t really taste like a barley wine, more like an IPA, but would I drink it again absolutely tasted great. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Sample at the 2012 Cincinnati Brew-haha. Hazy brown-red color, nice khaki head, some lace. Nice, light and crisp carbonation, drier texture. Easy to drink. Tasty tangy-sweetness, good assertive dry hops. Great barleywine, especially considering it’s probably really fresh...