SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
lucent orange-hued gold with a thin creamy beige head. sticky full body with medium-high carbonation.crossovert (12928) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2012
aroma: resinous pine and citrus hops, toffee sweet malt, and slight minerality.
taste: resinous hop bitterness, sweet toffee biscuity malt, piney and citrusy late-hops.
ridiculously smooth and easy to drink, goes down like a beer with half it’s abv.
12 oz bottle.
It pours a brilliant color, a perfectly clear honey-amber with a foamy white head that is a bit fizzy and doesn’t leave much lacing. But the beer itself is beautiful.
The smell is huge, as soon as you pop the top a nice combo of zesty almost tropical citrusy hops and clean honeylike malt. It smells a bit like Hopslam or Double Jack. Not quite as hoppy but in that ballpark.
The flavor is great. It is definitely a hop-forward barleywine. It is crisp and dry rather than thick and chewy like normal beer of this gravity. There is a nice fruitiness to it, moreso light fruits than the typical rasiny flavor. The malts bring a big hit of sweetness but it is controlled. There is a light bit of perfumey alcohol presence but it is more flavor than heat. I have to stress it, for a 12% beer, yes it has alcohol prescence, all 12% beers do but this one is far and away the smoothest one I have ever had in this territory.
Barleywines aren’t really my forte, I like them, but this one I loved. Non-traditional, but super delicious. And this is not an IPA at all, there is still a distinct malty alcoholic sweetness that would never be welcomed in a DIPA. patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinny. Pours a brilliant orange with near perfect clarity-which is quite stunning, for a barley wine-and a fluffy white head which recedes to leave a fuzzy, spotty lacing. Aroma of cotton candy, pink lemonade, grape Hi-Chew, strawberries, fresh hops, and some subtle cherry. Taste is is cherry, cranberry, honey and some ultra-smooth whiskey in the warm ass finish. What a fantastic barley wine. jabo134 (12) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2012
New Glarus is one of my favorite breweries. This beer did not disappoint. It was very good but I would never guess this was a barleywine. The American hops really came through. emacgee (4675) - 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.
slowrunner77 (12043) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"rarely do I keep a beer I’ve had (and that is not available in the local market) on my wishlist, but this is a keeper. Thanks Lou! I couldn’t imagine that this would match, or perhaps even top, the Unpugged Iced Barleywine, but it did. It’s like a Sam Adams Griffins Bow (unique in it’s lighter color and palate, while still being hefty, and full flavored) perfected. Citrus hops and vanilla!! I had to read the label to see if this was oaked (it was not) but damn was it delicious. One of my favorite NG beers...ridiculously drinkable for a 12% brew. I dreamt this was a bomber last night. 6/12 - oddly showing more heat with more time in the bottle, still awesome, JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Another very solid offering from this series. Pours a clear orange with little head that leaves almost no lace. The nose is of citric sweet floral hops. An interesting choice that I feel is underused in American Barley Wines. The combination of sweet hops, light malts, and booze make this a sweetly bitter sipper. The commercial description mentions Graham crackers and I definately pick up on that. This sipper would go nicely in front of a fire place with some s’mores. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle. Aroma I’d faint but rich , sweet malt evident. Crystal clear dark gold body. Thin off white head. Super strong alcohol profile. Nice hops. Really good beer but tastes like an IIPA with a ton of malt added instead of a true bwine. Almost more like an American Strong. emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle to tulip. Aroma has some nice floral notes and some nice citrus as well. nice sweet malty nose with a little bit of biscuit. Nice amber gold pour with a moderate white head. Very bitter finish with not much booziness. This is an awesomely drinkable barley wine. This beer is super awesome. Ties with bigfoot as my favorite barley wine 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.