Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014 dmschefke (583) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours a slightly amber gold with thick off-white head. Aroma strong of citrus hops, caramel, and some sweet fruits. Flavor is similar, quite complex. I detect a bit for frutiness than in the aroma, but pretty nice. I haven’t found any barley wines that I truly love yet, but of what I have tried to date, I would put this on the same footting as Bigfoot.
On-tap at Dragonmead.
Appearance: A brown sort of color with a thin layer of foam on top. A lot of clarity. It looks decent.
Smell: Decidedly hoppy, but also with a nice caramel sweetness. I wouldn’t say you really get the alcohol on the nose but you get the feeling that the ABV is high on it. Pretty nice. A lot of hops, but not so much that you think it’s an IPA.
Taste: Tasty. This is described as being "intensely bitter" or something along those lines, and there’s a super sharp hop bitterness, but it’s not brutal thanks to a fair amount of balance from the caramel malts. It’s certainly not a balanced beer overall (more hoppy, which I was expecting), but I liked it. I hadn’t had an American Barleywine before this one that I really liked all that much, aside from Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but a bit more body would be welcome.
I was going between a 3.75 and a 4 overall and I went up on it because, again, this is one of the better American Barleywines I’ve had. ICEatALAMO (1355) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Draft at brewery. Pour is an orange, copper, red. Vibrant. Aroma is subtle. The taste is very smooth and can see how they say this is a drinkable barleywine, it is. Has the undernotes of a typical barleywine, but at the same time very different.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
draft... if they didn’t tell you it was bw you would have no idea, a thin mess with no flavor, terrible mouthfeel JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Sample at Dragonmead on 7/23/11. Clear copper pour with a medium off-white head. Nose of caramel, berries and earthy hops. Caramel malt flavor up front giving way to a lot of fruitiness before a grassy hop finish. RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2010
this was aiiiiiight........................................
jimmack34 (647) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2010
On tap at Dragonmead. Strong, sweet, and sugary, this full flavored barleywine has a great honey bitterness. Sticky sweet aftertaste. Solid lacing. Excellent. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
On tap at the Dragonmead Brew Pub. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, earthy, citrus, and dome fruitiness. Tastes of caramel, toffee, citrus, and fruity. Softer and smooth body with the alcohol content well hidden. Lacing left on the glass. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2008
At the BBB63 comes to Tampa gathering, thanks to Ibrew2or3 ’s sister for the growler.JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Coppery hue with small head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of apricot and pear esters, grassy and herbal hops, biscuity malt, dirty and medicinal vapours. The taste is caramel sweet and fruity with a musty grain, veggie, and band-aid overtone. A little salty too. The mouth feel is soft and warming. URGGH, missing punch and has noticeable flaws.
Thanks again to Ibrew2or3 ’s sister for the growler. Poured a light copper color with a thin even white head. Earthy hops, some alcohol, light spicy caramel aroma. Subdued but pleasant taste, both hops and malt apparent along with a dose of alcohol. Peppery finish. Nice and balanced.