marcus (10232) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish golden with a tiny off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a slightly sweet caramel malt flavor with a dry citrus finish. This is pretty balanced for a barleywine with the hops balancing the malt sweetness. emacgee (4677) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Man this is interesting. Pours a sharp and clean rich gold with a thin off white head. Nose is rich and hoppy, very light and zesty with lots of rich resin and tangerine notes. Very strange, ephemeral and heavy at the same time. Lots of floral and candy-like characters with a very delicate sweetness, almost like cotton candy. Very citrusy and oily in the mouth, lots of ethereal hop flavors. Like candied flower petals. Very nice and resinous bitterness. The more I look at this the more I love the appearance. Brilliantly clean and sharp with a wonderful viscosity and weight. Man I’m lovin this. DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle thanks to portableparty! Clear light orange pour, a little bit of carbonation and a slightly sweet hoppy nose. Flavor is medium malt, slightly sweet honey, bitters and a little citrus. Decent, slightly above average. naivepegasus (387) - USA - FEB 18, 2012
Pours a clear amber with a thin, soapy head. Caramel and raisin in the nose. The taste starts with a hint of sweetness but then goes into an aftertaste of burnt toast and brown sugar. The alcohol is fairly well hidden for the style. OmegaX (1374) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Thanks to Chipalsa for sharing this brew. Nose is very hoppy. Not what I usually expect from barley wines. Grapefruit and resinous tones are followed by alcoholic fruitcake-like scents. Interesting. This one poured a golden-amber color with a head that left white lacing around the glass. The taste was also quite hop forward but died down into subtle red fruit undertones with a splash of booziness. Good stuff and different from what I have had thus far with barley wines.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
This particular barley wine was very hop-forward in the scent with a nice cherry twang to it. Hops were abundant in the taste, but soothed quickly into a cherries and alcohol palate changer. With a dry and welcoming alcohol finish - this one is worth going after... if you can find it ;-). jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Clear, brilliant, orange with fair, creamy, white head / Sweet, bright, nose of spun sugar, pine, and citrus / Medium to full body, sweet, somewhat syrupy, and biting, with good balance and finish /Soapy flavors of candied cherries, apricots, and dates, plus pine, spun sugar, and resin / A very unique flavor profile, and quite excellent. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2012
2012 vintage. Pours to a vibrantly glowing amber body with a rapidly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet barley with some lemon zest, lemon flesh, granny smith apples, and light resin. Once tasted, the hops are quite apparent. Zesty lemons with a modest resin and grassy bitterness. Fruit compote and graham crackers. Very well balanced flavors. The palate is medium bodied with a moderate sweet lingering texture. A crisp carbonation livens this up. Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Courtesy of ughsmash via trade Frank (4196) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle: The aroma has lots of citrus, grapefruit, and apricot. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a small soapy white head. The flavor starts with sweet apricot, peach, and oranges. The finish moderate grapefruit and light alcohol. Overall, you could tell me this was a IIPA and I wouldn’t think twice.
Sort of strange and minty but good. Hoppy and pretty light for a barleywine. Hoppy and light for a barleywine with a bubble gum like sweetness.