JulienHuxley (5809) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle thanks to Shane (Weisguy). Beautiful amber-red pour with off white head. Aroma of toffee, spicy english hop, brandy, very nice. Hop bitterness is quite present in the taste, english toffee, strong, boozy, malty notes. Palate is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, nice long finish. Excellent barleywine style ale, done to my taste. jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Bottle shared by Phaleslu. Thanks Peter! Pours clear copper with a nice white head. Aroma is rye, wheat, citrus and caramel malts. Flavor is toffee, rye, spices and dark fruits. Nice sweet and dry finish. Pretty good barley wine. phaleslu (10270) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2011
22 oz. bottle from pantanap- thanks, Kan! Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white ring for a head. Aroma of rye, wheat, caramel, dried apricot, spice, and citrus. Flavor of toffee, frosted flakes, dry grains, rye, brown sugar, dried and dark fruit, and pepper. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, dry, and spicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really good barley wine and the rye element adds some nice spice for complexity. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
A solid somewhat sweet barley wine with minimal hop character but a nice spicy element from the rye. I like this beer quite a bit. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
tasting on 8/20/11. light orange / amber pour with a thin white head. light rye nose with a touch of citrus... fighting a bit to get some aromas flowing. very nice body with rye, spices, pepper, grape, raisin, fig, and dates. sweet finish with more dark fruit layers.
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Appearance: Slips out a hazed, amber-gold body in color and capped with a full, foamy, off-white head.
Smell: Some heady alcoholic wafts out ahead of the caramel-glazed pale malts, scant dark fruits, subdued snippets of rye, and light citrus.
Taste: Establishes a sugary sweetness at the opening sip, with a slight spicy rye bread element (though, I don’t find it ultimately plays a large role in the taste -- maybe a bit low-fi rye) and plenty of caramel sauce. Some dark fruitiness. Citrus and lightly resinous pine alongside a fair degree of bitterness. It’s certainly boozy throughout, finishing dry and a bit hot with a lingering bitterness to it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Some stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Overall: Quite frankly, I found this one to be simply OK. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2011
650 ml bottle from secret santa. thanks. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a small off-white head that soon fades to a fine film. The aroma is displays lots of caramel, toffee and sherry with a bit of spice for effect. The flavor features the rye really well with spicy grains set in a sweet caramel malt backdrop. Earthy hops kick in giving this a nice IPA-like complexity, and also a bit of bread and biscuit fill in the back end. The palate is full and syrupy with prickly carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with lingering sherry and white pepper. Overall: I like the occasional sweet beer (as long as they don’t taste like saccharine), I love rye, and I worship barley-wines. How could this possibly miss, well it did not--this one came across as exceptional. I loved it. I tried pairing with a couple of cheeses as I occasionally wont to do: Goat Feta-not so good, Dutch Gouda-very good. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
22oz, yellow waxed bottle courtesy of drunkenpolack. thanks, dave! pours a hazy, reddish mahagony with a thick, rocky, beige head and nice lacing. aroma is great with sweet, perfumy hops, caraway seeds, rye crusts, and raw pine backed by hints of dry earth, berries, and orange zest. flavor is damn nice as well with spicy, toasted rye, heavy pine esters, and slightly sweet citrus hop notes backed by light caramel malts and a touch of vinous fruit. palate is full bodied, sticky, and crisp on the palate with a light, herbal, toasted finish. overall, a damn nice barley wine and i’ve got to get my hands on the barrel-aged version. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
In short: A basic sweet and rye beer with all the focus on rye. Pleasant sweet rye beerThat1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
How: Bottle 22oz, beige wax. Consumed fresh, approximately 2 months after bottling, eartly 2011 batch. Bottle sent to me by FullObs, thanks a lot Brett
The look: Clear copper body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Nose is caramel and a fresh slice bakery rye bread. Taste is slightly toasted rye bread crust, cooked caramel, mild old-school C-hops-like hopping. When I closed my eyes and forget about the style and color of the beer I could actually taste milk chocolate. Sweetness sensation is a bit higher than I would have liked. Alsohol is well hidden. I was hopping for some kind of cranked up Founders Reds Rye but that’s not what I got. This is a big caramelized rye beer, it could have used more hops that work so well with rye beers. I’m a sucker for a rye-based beer so I did enjoy this beer but I must say I expected a bit more. I like rye beer and I like Flossmoor so when I heard about that beer I said to myself “That Hi-Fi sounds good”.
Crushed with Honkeybra. Smooth as hell. Incredibly deceptive with subtle flavors. Very malty but also perfectly balanced. Just a fantastic drinking experience. One of the best non-barrel aged barley wines out there.