sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2008
On tap at the brewpub: Pours a hazy copper color with a small white head. Aroma, earthy and citrus hops galore, some pine as it warms, and some pale and caramel malts. Flavor, smooth caramel and bready malts flavors up front, sweet to start with the citrus and earthy hops coming in strong on the finish, some pine flavors also developed as it warmed up. Very smooth with quite the bitter kick on the finish. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Aroma of dates wafts out of the glass. Nice flavor, classic hops, thick mouthfeel. Light alcohol burn on the finish; I don’t believe them that this is only 10%. Could use some time to mellow. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Served in a snifter glass at the brewery. Clear dark copper pour with a generous frothy head. Nice grapefruit and pine nose with caramel in the background. Sweet caramel and marshmallow show up first in the flavor and they support a hefty citrus (grapefruit) and strong pine hop presence. A bit fruity with orange flavors that is does get just a touch cloying. Full bodied and sticky with a semi-dry finish. A solid American barley wine. Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Draft at Great Lakes gathering at the Dilly Deli. Poured clear orange copper color with a minimal off-white creamy head that was mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate tart fruit, sour citrus hop and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture. Medium to heavy tart bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration. First version, high IBU. I will look for next version to be more balanced for bottle production. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2008
On tap @ the brewery 3/15/08: Cloudy chestnut brown w/ a medium sized lasting dark cream colored tight head. Citrusy and piney hops when chilled, some perfumey alcohol with caramel and toasted malt when warmed. Also a lightly floral and fruity ester. Alcohol gets stronger as it warms, a hint of raisiny fruit, and a moderate bready malt aroma. The flavor starts citrusy (grapefruit) juice like when chilled, but toasty and bready malts balance the hop flavors. Also lightly bitter in balance, but pleasant. Finish is bitter and herbal flavored, and there is also a touch of acidity from the carbonation. Aftertaste is herbal and bitter. It’s warming and dry on the palate from the alcohol, and a touch from the hops. Fuller body, and medium carbonation. Not a great barleywine, but a pretty decent one. Alcohol is a touch up front for my taste, but a nice little sipper. I would imagine this will age well, but the fact that it’s only available on tap may prevent that from happening unless GLBC holds a couple back for future verticals or festivals.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Final rating from my trip up the this year’s Winter Warmer Festival. Solid beer, but nothing really stood out for me. Golden copper pour, creamy head, and little lace. Inviting aroma of plain cereal, honey, and fresh fruits. Medium bodied, sort of easy for a barley wine. Very sweet, malty taste. Snappy with a fresh fruit quality. Enjoyable but not memorable....I’m off for another glass of the Chophouse’s Bourbon Barrel Barleywine! crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Hazy off red pour with basically no head at all. Aroma is sweet malts and some fruity esters. Flavor is caramel malt and fruits raisens, berries and even a touch of apple/pear going on. Hoppy finish with a fresh leafy taste. But the problem is the body is too thin and undercarbonated which leads to a syrupy like aftertaste, seems too young and just not big enough. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Nice amber brew, clean body with lively carbonation and nothing cloudy detectable. Resiny hops detectable in the nose, as well as some apricot and brandy. Definitely hot and boozy, and a strongly hop forward BW like Old Guardian. I found it enjoyable and fairly impressive, but it would definitely benefit from aging (bottle it!). notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Tap at the brewpub - very hazy strawberry-colored beer, with substantial head/lacing - apparent hop bitterness in the aroma, with some very bright fruity esters (strawberry and other berries, light notes of citrus) - the first sip is quite off-putting - there is an odd, mossy, dry, bitter character, with some strong marris otter or golden promise malt flavor and a juniper/gin-like character - very odd - underneath this are the high sweetness and fruity flavors characteristic of most middle-of-the-road American barleywines - rather lacking in the complexity department, but it is quite smooth aside from the bitter gin-like flavor. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
20080329 Blind tasting notes and score from Cornboy 2nd annual Barleywine Extravaganza. Pissy hops, grassy and tropical, pale color, BO notes, overall mild and underwhelming malts.