ebone1988 (2237) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2018 mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle, I usually age them longer-couldn’t wait. Massive candy-toffee-raison-mint? aroma. Clear and bright, copper colored. Thick and rich with more toffee, substantial bitterness and a warming finish. Very chewy. These flavors will meld and smooth with a little age. A perfect lawnmower beer for a hot summer afternoon.
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is hoppy, troptical fruit, caramel, pine, booze, toffee. Appearance is amber red, light tan head, clear. Taste is hoppy, caramel, booze, hot, toffee, tropical fruit, eh. Mouthfeel is medium body, syrupy, boozy hoppy caramel aftertaste. Overall, this is ok, but great for the price point. Jow (4170) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2018
Bottle for second half of Pats game over Titans. Haven’t had Barley wine in awhile. Deep amber. Nose is dark fruit and booze. Tastes herbal, raisin, fig, booze, toffee, pine. Little heat. Decent grab my Publix had something decent for once. jb (3454) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2017
4.99 for a bottle at Wegman's - is this the best price point in the US short of Olde English? And it is decent. Dark, reddish, pretty clear, bubbles on top, ring of foam around the edge. Wood, toffee, and some mild boozy element that comes off in a good way, similar to bourbon. I like the bitterness in the palate along with gobs of malt, makes it bearable, kind of the American Strong style. This is drinkable and could buy again. PugUglyBrewer (841) - - DEC 25, 2017
Translucent, clean amber color with a creamy, pillowy head of eggnog colored foam. Big caramel flavor and aroma cut by resinous hops leaving the pallet sweetened and dry. On the backend of the taste there is a syrupy and wild berry thing going on. The alcohol burns a bit at the end. Bill Becker (2009) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 30, 2017
From Jul 2008
This pours a clear amber with a 1 fin..err..1/2"...errr...well, it *was* there but now the foam is just a small ring around the glass with pretty much no lacing. Nice colour, terrible foam retention.
The smell is light for a BWSA. I get small notes of caramel malt and hops.
The taste is at least good. Caramel malt dominates but there's some hop bitterness in the background that helps with the balance some. And...the alcohol is pretty noticeable as a slight burn in the throat and some warming after the swallow.
The more I sip, the sweeter this becomes and even for me, and I love good malty BWSAs, it becomes just a tad too sweet. Cuts down on the drinkablity for me; that and the alcohol. Good thickish mouthfeel though.
Overall, I think it's an ok example of the style but I don't think I'd bother to get any more. It's just not up *my* alley.
patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2017
bottle - Deep amber pour, small head, malty, caramel, boozy aroma. Flavor is sweet with caramel and toffee, a bit of dark fruit, alcohol, and some fading resinous hops bitterness. Full body. Very good. jandd1983 (4690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2017
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of caramel, toffee, citrus and figs. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, toffee, mild citrus, figs with a nice balanced bitter finish. AndySnow (8311) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2017
How: Bottle.BelgianBeerGal (4255) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Liquroice, alcohol, fruit.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Liquorice, alcohol, malt, some fruit.
Comment: Too heavy on the liquorice.
Bottle probably 6-9 or more months old. Sitting enjoying the single night of winter in Florida with a fire burning. Fairly classic American styled barleywine: light toffee and caramel sweetness, with some warming booze and light bitterness for balance. Pleasant and enjoyable. melush (4970) - SPAIN - DEC 18, 2016
@ Friendly Greek, Lancaster, PA, USA.
A: Reddish amber
T: Malt, caramel, raisins, alcohol, slightly hoppy.