JPDIPSO (6300) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 6, 2017 fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear chestnut pour with a thin, yellow cake colored head. Smells like toffee nuts and dark fruits simmering in port, sweet rum, burnt sugar, flaky dessert crust, herbal hops and some earthy, spicy, chocolatey grain. Flavor is big with sweet toffee nuts, dark caramel, lots of rum and date and fig laden dark fruit, roasted red apple, toasted maple, herbal hops, toasted marshmallow, enough booziness to keep it warm and tingly and sweet, earthy almost musty grain. Medium to heavy, syrupy body with a light, sharp carbonation. Really good. Nice and complex, interesting Barley Wine. It seems like it will be pretty great on an upcoming crisp autumn night with a nice cigar.
Dark copper to umber in color. Tallish, stable dark taupe head. Sweet malty aromas, with heavy caramel, herbal hops, toasted biscuit and hint of spicy rye and vanilla. Soft palate, with a heavy dose of fine bubbles (nearly too many as it takes away some of the silky rye feel). Toffee, dark fruit, rye, and anise. Spicy on the tongue as the rye and alcohol take little bites. Interesting spice kick, not sure if it’s the alcohol of the rye. A nice sipper, by the fire. Save for a fall day.
8/13 Lightrider (346) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2016
Pour is a light brown. Aroma is a strong rye, it reminds me of rye whiskey before you run it thru the still. At least when I make a batch. Cybercat (6345) - Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Pours clear, slightly reddish cola-brown with a fairly thick but effervescent buff head. Aroma has caramel, molasses and roast rye tones. Flavor is rather wine-like, fruity and a little sweet, but caramel and molasses undertones and bit of evergreen hop bitterness remind you this is a beer. Smooth mouthfeel has decent body if not a lot of fizz. Worth seeking. cubs (10742) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle @ home, found at the back of my parent’s fridge. Dark brown appearance with a fluffy brown head. CIB-style, olive, green tomato, twangy, boozy nose. It smells fucken bad. Rich, goopy, and thick mouth feel. Very sweet, tart fruity, caramel, tannic flavor. More veggies in the mouth. Thick and boozy. Maybe this one has gone downhill. I certainly didn’t intend to keep it for a couple of years but I’d think it’d be fine for the style and being refrigerated the whole time. It’s nasty now, though. BeerRenter76 (1055) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Big Eddy Ryewine Ale has a thin beige head, a semi-hazy, reddish-brown body and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich bread,sherry, sweetness, caramel. Flavor is about the same, some alcohol, and toffee, not as sweet as the nose lets on. Mouthfeel is medium and a slight touch of stickiness it finishes semi-dry. Overall it pretty nice, and it seems to get mellower as i drink.
CanIHave4Beers (4245) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Bootle, courtesy of myself, poured @ dining room table, just now. AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours a deep reddish brown with a very small and very well retained head that leaves some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is fairly sweet and a little boozy, It’s got rich toffee & some cooked fruit going on.
The flavor is actually really cohesive, it’s sweet & has nice notes of cherry mild hop and alcohol spiciness, with a warming boozy presence that doesn’t come across as harsh at all. The bitterness is low but lingers in the background & there is a nice bit of rich toffee and caramel.
Well put together, good beer.
The nose is mellow, but colorful, with dark fruits, prunes, figs, strawberries, toffee, and dark malts. Not as spicy as the rye would have you think. The mouthfeel is medium, with moderate carbonation and medium viscosity. The taste is bitter and slightly sweet; fruity, malty flavors at the top, with an increasingly assertive presence of ethanol that leads to a relatively sudden, dull, grainy, boozy finish. The first impression is a great one, but it starts to fall apart mid-glass as the alcohol comes to define the gustatory experience. I really enjoyed the aroma, though. alobar (3970) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Chestnut brown pour with aroma of rye, raisins, and spice. Raisin and toffee flavor with rye and hint of spice. Very nice beer. merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Aroma: Sweet Bread, Rye, Mild Raisins
Appearance: Brownish/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Sweet Bread, Raisins, Mild Rye Spice, Mild Rock Candy
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet tmoreau (4752) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a brownish copper color, with a modest layer of off white head foam, and spots & streaks of lacing. The nose was candy sweetness, slight tartness, esters as dried fruit, some pit variety, and dark cherry, with some spice & vanilla. Medium bodied, with a bit of syrup to the texture, carbonation was soft, and most of the alcohol fanfare was hidden by the candy. A fairly tasty Barleywine, though.