Odysseyalien (73) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Single bottle found at Cable Beverage, Nanuet, NY. I may also have had this on tap back during the Spring of 2012 at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan. When I found this at Cable Beverage though I wasn’t sure if it was a British or American barleywine. I almost never drink American barleywines as I don’t care to mix my beloved DIPAs with my beloved British barleywines. (American barleywines are usually hopped up compared to the British.)
So it was a very pleasant surprise to open this bottle and find that it was only moderately hoppy. The head was only about an inch deep and dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing on the glass was slight to say the least but I have no problem with that.
The smell -- molasses, raisins, dark fruit. The taste -- molasses, slightly sweet...just the right amount of sweetness to make it welcome as a dessert or after dinner beer or a nice mid-afternoon refresher.
Was there some real age on this bottle to make it less hoppy and thus more pleasant? I don’t know. I do know that I want to get some more and open my mind to more American barleywines. This was a real pleasant surprise and I’m glad I found it. zoucrew102 (1818) - - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Sweet caramel malt aroma with notes of dark fruit and toffee. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin light brown head and good lacing. Sugary sweet barley with notes of caramel to start. Very rich, thick mouthfeel. Very smooth finish with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Rich, flavorful barleywine. yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Bottle, 12oz. A semiclear, copper beer with a minimal-sized off-white head. Alcohol, dried fruits, caramel and resiny hops in the vinous aroma. Malty, vinous flavor with some caramel, dried fruits and resin. Full-bodied, warm and smooth. Fine bitterness in the finish. Maybe not a super-complex barley wine, but pretty damn good anyway, especially love the mouthfeel. 090619 Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Nice barley wine that is not overly sweet. Good alc balance. Nice aroma of freash hops, carmel. The tast is spicy with a slight bit of citrus. Holbe the hopy finish. It is a bit grassy and bitter from the Perle. jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a brown/ruby color with a creamy white head. Smell is sweet and malty, nice fruity smell, I think I’m going to like this one. Just enough carbonation, very smooth. Alcohol taste on the first drink was a surprise, not unpleasant but more than I was expecting. Very fruity taste and sweet. Sticky mouthfeel and very good. I really enjoyed this one.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Mad River Brewing Company--John Barleycorn’s Barleywine Ale.
1997-8 12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. (2.5 / 5.0) Barleywine--Sweet start with citrus flavors. Puckering sour. Very dry finish. Aroma is decidedly citrus.
1999 12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV (4.75 / 5.0) Barleywine--Hoppy big unfiltered front. Huge rich sweet IPA Body. Extremely floral. Wonderful brew. Sampled 3/14/2000.
2000 12 oz. Bottle. 9.10% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Barleywine--Hazy thick amber red color. Smooth rich creamy semi sweet body with rich flavor. Very clean smooth end with balanced hop spice flavors. Big and rich. Big sediment adds flavor not yeastiness. Sampled 5/17/2001.
2007-8 12 oz. Bottle. 10.40% ABV--IBU’s.? Barleywine. 6-Pack $12.99. ChickenArise (8) - Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2010 does not count
At 2 years vintage it has a great hop/malt balance. The aroma is more alcoholic than the taste. As it opens up it almost develops a port-like characteristic. Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
2008 vintage. 355 ml bottle. Dark brown and hazy. Medium creamy light beige head. Unusual for a barley wine. Slightly oxidized nose with chocolate and toffee and caramel. Dry papery bitterness. Very nice flavour profile. Lots of toffee. Delicious. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
12oz bottle that I picked up for $2.50, should have bought a whole four pack. I was a little hesitant given the high ABV but I love barleywine so why not tick a new one? Ruby red color, decent head at first but then it was only a memory. Initial aroma of fruit, malts, barleywine. First taste was cherry cough syrup but once I let it warm up it really came alive. Good flavors of fruit, brown sugar, barleywine, not really even a hint of hops which is fine. This is pretty good stuff, I might have to buy a four pack to age a year just to see how it does.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-22-2012 18:18:18 zizzybalubba (1862) - 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.