dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011 Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated at the Pewaukee Tasting II 5/5/07.
Aroma – IPA-level hop aroma
Appearance – Light brown, now quite clear, nice head
Flavor – Hop flavor and bitterness are dominant,
Palate – Medium-bodied, a little sticky sweetness hiding behind the hop bitterness
Group quote for the evening: A ‘thoughtlessly hoppy’ barleywine
pours a creamy orange, fluffy fluffy off white head, very thick lace. nose of malt and floral and citric hops. flavor of creamy caramel, sweet malt, and a bitter note. medium bodied, bitter finish. a good looking and flavorful beer. i brought a growler home from the brewpub. manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2011
Old rate. Pours a clear orange/amber, head is thick and persistent. Aroma has caramel, dark fruit, some floral and citrus hops. Thick mouthfeel, boozy. Flavour is very assertively hoppy and lingering...is this an IIPA or a BW? The line here is a bit blurred but I think it lends itself more to the prior and less to the later. Still, decent. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Amber pour with white head and lace. Aroma of light dried fruit and some resin maybe molasses. Sweet brown sugar, light caramel, and some bread. Medium full bodied beer with light carbonation. Very nice winter warmer. sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Pours amber with an off-white head. Bitter with some sweetness. Aromas of caramel and milk chocolate. Almost no aromas hops but lots of bittering hops. Hints of nuts and slightly toasted malts. arminjewell (9676) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Pours deep amber with stark white head, aroma is big citrusy hops complemented by a big blast of caramel and biscuit. Thought this was a IIPA as well, but upon seeing it as a barleywine it fits more true to style. Citrus, candied orange and tangerine up front lead into a big overpowering malt middle with caramel and biscuit, and finishes bitter. Pretty good, but for a "hopwine" I expected more hop character.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 28, 2010
Upon ordering this, I was under the impression that it was an IIPA. Now seeing that its a BW, my following notes make a bit more sense:
This is a malt bomb, with a prominent soy quality in both the aroma and flavor. I am really anti-soy in beer. The alcohol definitely shines through quite a bit too. A nice appearance and full bodied mouth feel, but not good enough to compensate for the soy in the flavor. The most annoying part about this beer is its misleading name and label. Maybe they put a bunch of hops in here, but its all pretty relative when they put sooo much malt and left so many residual sugars to completely outweigh whatever hops they did include. For me, this is an example of a beer over done. anders37 (26657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2010
Draft @ Smallbar Wicker Park, Chicago, IL. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit aroma with hoppy hints. Fruity malty hoppy flavor with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty hoppy finish with some bitterness and some hints of caramel in the aftertaste. kassner (1663) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Cloudy amber, No Head but some lacing, plenty of hops and cotten candy odor. tastes quite sweet with molasses. Hops are dominated. Quite a nice effort with wheat though. Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Enjoyed via draft in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a relatively light amber color, with a just-off-white head. The aroma brings strong malt characters, with an especially prevalent nod going to Munich malt. The beer smells almost like a Great Lakes Elliot Ness on steroids. I was surpised, however, by the lack of hop aroma and character throughout the beer. The palate was similar to the nose; strongly malt-centric. Again, a lot of continental character malt makes its presence known. Hops do provide a noticeable bitterness to the beer, but it is ultimatley drowned out by the aforementioned malt sweetness. The finish is fairly clean, and contains a surprisingly subtle note of alcohol. Ultimatley, a well-made, if slightly confusingly advertised, strong ale. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Clear gold beer. Aromatic hops nose. A full on barleywine but with an unusual floralness about it. Unusually intense flavour.