williamstome (1989) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2017
Hazy orange pour, but foamy white head. Sweet aroma with lots of fruit, taste follows, not super barleywiney but tasty. Bitter. Unde (1152) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2017 Cloudy orange beer with nice head on top leaving thick beautiful lacing to the sides of the glass. Aroma has caramel malts, pines and grapefruit hops, some sweet fruits too but moreover on the bitter side of hops. Taste has caramel sweetness, toffee, grapefruit and piney hops and ends with dry hop note. Medium to full body and medium carbonation. oobawa (1738) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2017
Nice throwback version of the style, a solid reminder of the heydays of Old Foghorn, back when all a barleywine needed was shitload of malt and booze to make a name for itself. Which is to say hops don’t really play a factor; this can’s all about caramel and toffee and a deep liquor heat, dark fig and date flavors coming through before the sweet, warm but manageable finish. Candi sugar might be a little overkill, but still a tasty brew. LJ182 (7) - - JUL 15, 2017 does not count
Bottle. Nose heavy caramel, dark tofee, bark, lightly green hops, light rind; pour is a beautiful gradient amber from reddish-orange up top down to clear golden at the bottom, with a slightly oil and soapy beige head. Taste strongly bitter with a great hop bite, but not extreme; a little paper and mild astringency, but not bad; strong alcohol but only a wisp of fume, no burn but a hint of warmth in the chest -- overall very good incorporation. Classic woodsy, slightly nutty hops, light but pleasant roastiness, touch oily, touch soapy and definitely palate-cleansing, good classic American C-hops with a bit of a Nuggetty, Northern Brewery ballast. Medium sweet but that’s more from the heavy floral perfuming of the hops and oiliness than sugar, and is soon gone. Bright, fresh, with a swishable fullish body and lightness despite the chewy caramel, and the crystal malts aren’t overdone for once! A great take on the type of Barleywine
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Initial aroma is moderate citrus hops, sweet pineapple notes, with rich bready and lightly honeyed malt. Candied fruits reminiscent of warm, fresh fruit cake show next with cherries, peaches, apricots and pears as likely yeast-derived esters, and this fragrance persists. The pour is lightly hazy rich orange, harvest moon in fact, with a medium, creamy off-white head which slowly recedes to a broken film on the beer surface and thicker cordon at the edge. The flavor is candied fruits of apricots, pears and peaches with a rich, honeyed bread malt, nearly caramelized with spicy alcohol notes which dry the palate yet allow some malt and fruit to persist.
coachd (932) - Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2017
A spicy and near perfumey alcohol presents itself aromatically as the beer sits. Somewhat under the radar, a moderate spicy, pine and citrus hop character rides alongside and finally presents a bold hop bitterness which keeps the sweetness at bay. This full-bodied ale provides a moderate alcohol warmth and light carbonation with a lightly creamy roundness which keeps all the characteristics in a tight package, not allowing any one to dominate. Truly a contemplative beverage and one that fits the bill for a bolder version of an English classic.
Malty and slightly sour aroma with slight hops. Light crimson color with a huge white head. Tastes mostly sweet with a minor hop bite at the end. Slick palate. This was good, but a little too sweet for me.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JTParis (23) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2017
@Lexington, Kentucky. The brew was sold as Off-Color, but this source sounds about right. Didn’t tick all the boxes. DrnkMcDermott (3137) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2017
Single can from mix-a-six rack at Jewel, Downers Grove. Finally reviewing a cellarable beer in the right way: buy more than one, drink this one now, and then the other a few years later to compare. The pour itself looks yellow, but it sets to cloudy reddish-gold in the glass. A sudsy head that’s more persistent than in older beers. The smell has some sharp Northwestern hops, and a tiny background of fruit. The taste is very hoppy up front, but not overdone. It is enough to mask any burn from the alcohol. There’s some noticeable malt there; it’s mostly felt as stickiness on the lips. Some alcohol warming does come toward the end of the glass. dalekliz (925) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Bottle. Pours a murky brownish-orange with a bubbly white head that fades to a ring. Sweet aroma, sugar, citrus, malt, hint of pine hops. Taste is bright, starts with a hoppy bite and citrus sugar, but then fades to a mild malty sweetness with a hint of booze. Hides the alcohol rather well. Lingering sweet booze that ends watery. Not bad but not anywhere near as big as it could be. Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2017
on tap copper beige head. Smell of citrus, mint, pine,and caramel. A bit sweet with dry finish.