DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to glazeman for the opportunity to drink this. Hope this is the right one, says "American Barley Wine 2010" on the bottle.
4.0 A: Hazy dark amber color. One finger of creamy off-white head that falls fairly quickly and leave a small ring of lacing.
4.0 S: Much earthier and drier than your typical barleywine. Earth, hay, toffee, and bitterness come through strongest. Cherry, fig, and raisin fruitiness. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty good.
4.0 T: Sweeter than I expected based on the nose. Toffee is the strongest flavor, followed by fig, raisin, and plum fruitiness. Alcohol taste is moderately noticeable with a moderate residual sweetness. The earthiness is still there, but not nearly as strong as in the nose. Cherry and tobacco on tail end. Wish a bit more bitterness showed up to add some balance.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy. No complaints here.
3.5 D: Good sipper, but a touch too cloying towards the end of the glass. A few more IBUs could do a lot for this beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-23-2010 02:44:49 OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2011
bottle, from trade. Ok aroma, sweet, malty, fig date cherry mainly. Clean Brownish orange color, no head, no lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, dry sweet finish. Ok, nothing to really grab my attention, nothing more to say... Tmoney99 (14460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate toasted caramel malt and resin hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex good beer.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2010
(355ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear copper body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of cherry, vanilla, grass, raisins, and sweaty tennis shoes. Flavor of caramel, grass, cherry, grapefruit, and raisins with a bitter finish. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
(12oz bottle) clear rich amber/copper with very few bubbles. Nose of caramel, sweet, hoppy, and cake. Taste of caramel, toasty, mildly bitter citrus, grapefruit with soft creamy alcoholic finish.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
12oz bottle, 2010, from Kan--thanks as always! Slightly hazy rusty orange with a scant light beige head that faded to a thin ring rather quickly--minimal hiss when the cap was popped. Fruity sweet nose with raisin, overripe cherry, and a little sweet orange candy with some sweet toasted grain, some alcohol, and maybe the slightest tinge of vanilla--not to say that it seems barrel aged. Flavor follows suit with mainly fruity flavors, though the toastiness is still pretty present. More alcohol heat shows up in the nose as it warms, though it’s surprisingly well masked in the flavor. Not much in the way of hops. Finishes semi-dry with bitterness at a 2-3 at the back corners of the tongue, otherwise indiscernible. Big full thick body with just a glimmer of carbonation. Not bad, but a little sweet. I don’t see how this is an American BW--not near enough hops. Much more English IMO. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, burnt orange color with tan foam, aroma is fruity hops, with a flavor of soapy apricot marmalade, caramel, finish is bitter punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Copper pour with a slight ruby highlight and a small, short-lived, white head. Lots of sweet fermented dark fruit in the nose with notes of brandy, citrus zest, and some floral hops. Sweet orange liqueur flavor with lots of alcohol, boozy figs, cognac, and some peppery phenols on the finish. Seems much more like and English style than an American style. Sticky, medium body with low carbonation. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
2010 bottle thanks to goryshkewych. Poured into a snifter. Pours with a minimal tan head over a hazy amber body. Aroma of raisins, currants, leather, alcohol, caramel, greenery, and plums. Flavors of caramel, toffee, bitterness, marmalade, jam, currants, raisins, decadence. Really a pretty solid young barley wine. Alcohol is well hidden. Someone trade me a bottle of the (hopefully) up coming barrel aged version, cause that will be awesome! Small bubbles, big body, classic!
Pairs excellently with the veal paprikash I had for dinner! BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole...THANKS DAK!!! Crystal clear burnt tangerine pour with a wispy white head. Aroma is like Del Monte fruit cocktail syrup...lots of cherry, apple, pear, pineapple, oranges, and caramel. Flavor is similar...somewhat missing the complexity traditionally seen in the style: brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit. Truly amazed by the ABV because this drinks 4% lower...