bierkoning (13232) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2016
Bottle. dark amber color. Plums and grassy herbal hops in both aroma and flavor. Malty sweetish, soft vinous notes. Woody finish. Nice. zizzybalubba (1861) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2016
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Raleigh (Triangle Town Center). 2014 bottle, 10% ABV. Muddy, brownish-orange pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of caramel and graham cracker, mostly, with orange peel and tangerine notes. Taste features more of the same with citrus hops upfront followed by an assertive sweet malt finish of toffee and caramel. Moderate alcohol warmth. A nicely done barleywine. KansaiBeerLvrs (5090) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2016
Mad River John Barleycorn Barleywine 10.8%
A good value high ABV brew is this one imported by Ezo Beer.
Pouring a deep brown with ruby accents. Sweet zesty citrus aroma coupled with sweet caramel.
Full bodied and malty sweet with a lightly roasty caramel that’s nicely balanced by a dose of citrusy hops.
A barleywine for those who enjoy hops makes it a solid winter warmer. ICEatALAMO (1349) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle, '10 vintage. The pour is a deep cooper/amber. The aroma is light toffee and dark fruits. The taste is bold. The age seems to have done it well. Lots of toffee and dark fruits hold through the taste. Would like to taste this aged in bourbon.
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A great barleywine. Pours a muddy red/black with a tan head. Smells awesome, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla and malt, cherry pie. Taste is creamy, with lots of vanilla, caramel and a nice warm booziness in the finish. Paired with Thai fish cakes, the beer is smoothed out with some nuttiness and booziness. Had in the bottle.
stevoj (4956) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2015
barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Malty, sweet aroma... fruity and floral. Malty, alcoholic and sweet up front. Nicely balanced, yet moderately bitter on the tail end with plenty of alcohol. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Long, astringent, bitter-sweet, slightly dry finish. fletchfighters (1519) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
355 ML bottle
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Light tan head that falls to a thick collar. Lingers through drinking. Spotty lacing and good ABV legs.
Nose is Caramel, slightly burnt, toffee, date toasted bread, orange, orange zest, and subtle port/ sherry notes.
Taste is pretty similar. Toasted bread, toffee/ burnt sugar, date, soft sherry and a lot of orange, orange peel and grapefruit bitterness. More like an English take with slightly more aggressive hops.
Oily, bitter and bread like finish. Not sure if it is the date that finishes more or the sherry like. Probably a little of both. Really drinkable and really nice. Probably on the underrated side of things as not as over the top hopped as other BW’s are liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
12 oz bottle. Appearance: very dark amber color (almost Porter-like), with lots of stirred up sediment. Aroma: malty and smokey, with hints of burned caramel, dates, and toast. Taste/Palate: thick, crisp, and sweet; finishes bitter and astringent. julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Poured from a 12. Has thick, syrupy appearance. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is not sweet and somewhat bitter. I kept looking at this beer thinking brown sugar...but the flavor is malty, slightly sweet with a long bitter finish. hawthorne00 (3903) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2015 2013 bottle. Very dark brown with a fat coat of beige head that disappears after a while. A: Spiced rummy fruitcake aroma with orange peel. Oily, lowish carbonation. Rich toffee and dried fruit, fruitcake spices, citrus peel. Some Oloroso notes, but nothing really cardboardish. Bitterness stands out a bit much at the end. Not bad. Suspect there will be a brief window in the next year when it will be pretty good. [3.4]
Another try and it’s pretty charming. Robust and tasty rather than deep and refined. Dark fruits and toffee, enough bitterness to keep it from being oversweet. I like that it’s a beer and not a cocktail.