juiceisloose (1543) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark orange/Amber colors and topped by a thin layer of off white foam that quickly fades away any barely leaves a small film. The aroma shows notes of citrus fruit with orange and grapefruit followed by some dark fruit notes with plums, figs, and cherries most noticeable over a toasted caramel and toffee malt base and some floral/earthy esters from the yeast. The flavor follows with a nice mix of the citrus fruit to go with the plums, figs, and cherries along with notes of toasted caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and toasted bread. Ample amounts of citrus and earthy bitterness on the back end to help balance things out. Medium bodied and very slick on the palate with average carbonation that leads to a bitter sweet citrus, plum, and toffee finish with a nice dryness from the yeasty esters. Just a touch of warming from the booze that lingers as well. Solid barley wine overall with a great depth of flavor. gnoff (10890) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2017 Bottled on January 30, 2017. Picked up as a single from Luekens Dunedin ($3.99).hman43 (1765) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Clear pale brown color, small white head. Malty, fruity, alcohol scent. Alcohol, sweet, bitter, malty taste. Medium full mouthfeel, medium high to high bitterness.
It pours amber with an off white head. It has a malty rich aroma of bread and hints of caramel. There are also aromas of oranges and plums. There is a strong hoppy bitter taste initially with heavy malt. There malt flavors feature toast and caramel and the hops flavors feature plums, oranges, hints of raisins and hints of pear. It has a full, chewy body with a sharply bittler after tastes Overall, this is well balance with a slight edge to the hops initially and the hops being more predominant in the finish. PorterPounder (8267) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2017
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Apalachee Parkway - 12 oz bottle. Light copper pour, medium thick khaki colored head, light lace. Aroma has some piney accents, a touch of fruit salad sweetness. Bold flavor with with a great balance of bitterness and maltiness, some chocolate sweetness, a touch of piney bitterness. Not too boozy like some barley wines can tend to be, Thiickish mouthfeel, Solid, thegreenrooster (4552) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Pour is a clear dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is sweet molasses malt with a touch of dark fruit and maybe some cherry as well. Flavor is a very nice chewy molasses malt with some fig jam and a touch of white oak. The beer is thick and rich with a little alcohol heat but not sweet at all. Pretty decent barley wine.
superspak (5996) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2016
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/25/2016. Pours slightly hazy medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, peach, plum, pear, melon, white grape, lemon, berry, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, peach, plum, pear, melon, white grape, lemon, berry, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, plum, berry, orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly slick/silky/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great American barleywine! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very unique mix of hop flavors with a nice malt backbone. Well balanced with good bitterness, without being overly aggressive. A very enjoyable offering. Chudwick (3360) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2016
12oz bottle (2016 vintage) - nose is biscuits and wild grass. Sip adds booze, caramel, and forest berries. a kapow of bitterness and sweetness. a tad rough around the edges, but prolly cause it’s so young. a great value. grapefuit finish. chinchill (5309) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2016
12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with a clear copper-brown body topped by a thin, mostly short-lived head. Spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and boozy, with hints of dark fruits, apples and toffee.
Flavor. Similar to the aroma, with soft and dried fruits, faint hops and caramel. Modest complexity.
Overall: Smoother and, perhaps, better, than the bourbon barrel aged version (Hell on Wood).