SG111 (2138) - New York, USA - JUL 4, 2017 ACHops (1688) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. (This is the Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel aged version.). Pours dark cloudy reddish brown with thin head. Aroma is sweet malts with some hops and bourbon. Taste is big rich sweet malts with pine hops and thin aged whiskey on the finish. As the name suggests, there’s a bunch going on here. Leather, oak, molasses are in the mix. Nice and complex. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming - I wouldn’t be surprised if this was in the 12% range after barrel aging. I typically don’t like barleywines, but the regular version of this is good and this is outstanding.
Bottled 10/2013. Pours Burgundy chestnut color off white head. Aroma is caramel, chestnut, fig, raisin, toffee, touch of oak, and smoke. Malt forward English style nose. Flavor is bitter hops, caramel, toffee, fig, raisin. Very much malty up front, and a bitter finish. I enjoy it. TimE (6255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 26, 2017
Deep russet color. Fascinating Nose of cherries, caramel, wood, brandy and grapefruit. Big malty, caramel, backbone with hop assault of cherries, stewed oranges, grapefruit and wood. Awesome stuff. Very smooth, alcohol well hidden. Sweet cherries and oranges in the finish with slight alcohol burn. Excellent andrewje41 (4519) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Draft 10 oz pour (fitting) at Fish Woodinville. I’ve spent a long time seeing these beers around and assuming I would "get to them" eventually. First visit, finally, the the new-ish Woodinville pub, and I’m very pleased to see some fun and rare beers featured. This was one I heard about but never had the pleasure of running into. Also just heard this won quite a prestigious award in its class, so the expectations are set high. One of those old school breweries from my home state, I wish I spent more time giving their stuff a try. Fish brewing is old enough to order a fish brew. Of a Reel ale, or whatever you want to call it today. This beer really has an old school feel. A classic barleywine. An amber copper pour with a cream beige smooth foam head. A soft vanilla, caramel malt aroma. Flavor is rich, but not too sweet caramel malt, with an appropriate amount of booze heat for a well made double digit barleywine. Smooth, and the flavor, as well as a decent dose of bitterness lingers forever. Something about this batleywine is leaving a memorable taste. A beer that when you think of the brewery, you think of this one beer. Not too intense, but you feel it after a small sample. A beer with a description that threatens to be longer than my rambling ass rating. A rating that will unfortunately come to an end, just like the enjoyment session of this beer. KyotoLefty (10808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 1, 2016
Tap at Imazato. Dark brown with orange tints, hazy, lace. Hoppy nose of pine, chocolate, some caramel. Rich, big, strong and hoppy flavor. Quite drinkable for a barley wine because of the big hops. Nice. KansaiBeerLvrs (5498) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 24, 2016
Fish tale squared on tap at Craft Cafe Imazato.
A nice looking mahogany red with a beige head. A bready Graham cracker and fruity citrus aroma while the taste is sharply malty with big sharp green hops plus citrus. A classic US style Barleywine.
beastiefan2k (4179) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2016
2011 version on draft at BPP. Maybe this ws good at one time but it’s just bitter tea leaves now, super astringent, a complete pain to even sip. Big head and lots of lacing though. Truly, a horrible stripped, industrial and astringent barleywine. ICEatALAMO (1357) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle. The color is a hazy amber with white head. The aroma is big on toffee and burnt caramel. The taste is big, good flavor, then burns out nicely with oak. A very solid barleywine.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Birrananda (44) - - NOV 1, 2015
Pours orange copper color, low foam retention. Nose is piney, roasted caramel and hints of dried fruits. Bitter taste, hoppy citrusy flavor, resinous medium body mouthfill. Lingering explosion of hops, potent alcohol feel yet not overwhelmingly. Taste of IIIPA rather than a Barley wine. bulldogops (2846) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
Rating #1233 - 19.08.2014 - Bottle at Pourhouse. Nut brown pour, bubbly head, not much lacing. Aroma is a cascadey punch, alcohol, pastry dough Taste is an alcoholic blast, lots of hoppy bitterness tempered with a ton of citrusy, malty sweetness on the palate. Just a big bold beer for flavour-lovers. Awesome. slowrunner77 (13171) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Pretty nice classic barley wine. Dried fruit and hops, sweet but also quite bitter. As with some other Fish beers, I wish it wasn’t so prickly. Takes away from an otherwise decadent brew.