Bulk_Carrier (5034) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grumbler purchase from Breeze-IN, Juneau AK.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice hazy golden dark orange to hazed over amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing stringing itself around the glass.
The smell had a strong bitter citrus/piney hops, nice caramel back up, light in the tobacco and a touch of vanilla.
The taste was mainly sweet with a sticky strength of bitter hops leading to the aftertaste and then sliding into a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation was good for me and for the style.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Barleywine that I would have again. Happy Anniversary, Fish Brewing Company!
kevinator (2171) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good but was expecting more. Malty nose with piney hop aroma. This beer has a lot going on with multiple layers of malt and hop additions. Bronze in color with a thin head. Weighted palate with average carbonation. Sweet malt and oak flavors with a strong bitterness but not too harsh. Lingering finish.
glennmastrange (2803) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of cereal, nutty, and caramel, cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with raisin, dates, wood, nutmeg, mild tobacco and alcohol. Head is small, frothy, beige with fair lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is muddy, with lots of big chunks, medium brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a soft to lively carbonation and a heavily alcohlic finish. This Barley Wine is a bit harsh in the finish, but itís mostly bold and rich throughout.
b3shine (8663) - Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks DuffMan). Looks good for the style; a very hazy dark amberish brown with foamy light caramel head. Smells solid; bitter hops, caramel, and toffee with a full-bodied bittersweet malt backbone. Tastes light it smells with a light and dangerously drinkable mouthfeel. A good example of the style.
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a dark iced tea with no head. Nose is sweet malt, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste is light brown sugar with some mild hop.bitterness. A serviceable west coast barleywine.
obxdude10 (2307) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It took quite a bit of effort to get an entire snifter of this beer down. This barleywine was thick, strong and powerful. It poured a dark amber color with a brown huge. There were plenty of bitter and dry hops in the flavors. As mentioned, the body was overpowering and overwhelming. The flavors were a nice combination of sweet and hoppy, with notes of caramel, toasted bread and spicy hops.
Dorwart (2578) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent sized light beige head of fine and dense bubbles. Rich malty aroma with lots of caramel, toffee, roasted grains and some must. Color is a thick and cloudy dark brown. You can just tell this thing is loaded with malty goodness. Thick and chewey mouthfeel with lots of malts, moderate chalky bitterness, tea leaves, caramel, toast and roasted grains. Lots going on in this flavor and lots of flavor. Noticeable alcohol presence and warming. Lingering earthy bitterness and pasty malts. This is a great english style barleywine. Glad i brought this one home from Tucson.
dwyerpg (5946) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a really good barleywine. A nice molasses flavor with a strong hop strength. Great hoppy finish too. Fantastic all around.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a murky dark brown color. Ridiculously murky, actually. The head is a one finger yellow shade. Retention is superb for 10% - a couple of minutes have passed by and itís still standing. Good lacing, too.
S: This one smells really hoppy - actually not so much hoppy as it is just bitter smelling. Itís about 6 months old and has still retained a nice hop bite to it. Beneath the piny hops lie a decent malt backbone consisting of caramel and brown sugar. Maybe thereís even a touch of chocolate. While the aroma is really good, I kind of worry it will be too bitter.
T: And yes, bitterness hits from the start, except itís a troubling vegetal bitterness. Itís overly reminiscent of green pepper, which I never like in my beer. After a while all that pepper goes away, and it turns into a strongly grassy yet herbal note near the back end. Even with all the vegetal notes, sweetness is fairly high, with a ton of caramel and brown sugar on the finish. Once I get used to the peppery hops, it becomes okay.
M: Itís actually pretty crisp and clean for such a big, boozy monster, with just enough of a sweet finish to conceal the alcohol. With a slightly better flavor, this could have been REALLY easy to down. Carbonation kind of stays in the background.
O: I didnít like this at first...but it improves after a few sips. And it deteriorates after several more. The hops here are way too green pepper-esque for my tastes, luckily every other aspect is pretty solid. I canít really say that I like it that much. There are definitely some out there who will, though.
ryecatcher (1407) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Saw this at Binnyís and figured for the price, why not? Pours a murky deep rust colored brown. Smallish head with little retention. Nose is malty and dried fruit, some happiness and brown sugar. Mouth is big and bittersweet, lots of hops and malts mingling but not necessarily complimenting one another. More dried fruits, some tanniny attributes, long bitter finish. Drinkable, but an average barleywine.