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. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2010
vintage 2009 bottle. pours a deep red / orange with a 1 finger off white head. plenty of dark fruit fill the nose with some caramel notes. big full body with more dark fruit - raisin, plum, dates, grapes and even some banana. thick bitter finish with a touch of alcohol. more deep sweet fruit notes linger through the finish and a slight vinous layer finds its way through. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle shared by Blake. Not a big fan of barely wines but this was delicious. Easy to drink, not too harsh with the ABV, well balanced flavors and not too heavy on the palate. Nice malt presence and not too sweet. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12oz bottle, 2010 vintage. 10% stated ABV. Beautiful dark maroon color, totally opaque with darkness and a brown hue. A bit of light tan head. Very awesome smooth texture, rich and creamy, very delightful. Awesome, complex aroma. Dark fruit, balanced with nice malty hops. Nice, spiced sweet taste. It’s hard to describe why, but I think this is an awesome barleywine... The texture and aroma are fantastic
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle. Poured a rich caramel. Hoppy caramel nose. Flavor follows that nose. Nice hop notes. I had a 1.5 year old bottle that had mellowed nicely. No hint of Abv. A touch sweet but really solid. Gr0ve (2176) - 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 DocJitsu (2004) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
I couldn’t tell if I was pouring beer into a pint glass or oil into my car’s engine. Pours a murky deep amber color with a big, fat, fluffy, light tan head. The head kept growing even after I’d finished my pour. I was worried I’d gotten too aggressive and that my desk next to my keyboard was going to be sticky for a while.
Toffee, brown sugar, and cinnamon rolls on the nose. A thick, slick liquid swells in your mouth with the first pull. A lot of sweet stuff in there. Not enough alcohol flavor or warmth to account for the 11% ABV. There is a bit of tartness that cuts the sweet explosion. The tartness, mind you, is the same you’d get from a sweet cherry sucker and not from an unripe banana or a grapefruit. My only criticism is that it finishes a little too quickly. Once it does finish, there’s a bit of bitter alcohol that remains on the tongue. Not bad though. zizzybalubba (1874) - 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.