Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown almost black color with nice big tannish head. Some sticky lacing. Nose is caramel, combination of citrus and piney hops, some brown sugar, some alcohol notes. Very smooth balanced flavor. Some malty sweetness, piney/ citrus hops, slight alcohol tinle. Ends piney and resinous in flavor, but not really that bitter. There is a slight plastic note in the middle that’s a tad off for me, but not overly so. I definately feel this is more of an american barley wine than a IIPA. A very delicous beer none the less.
TheBeerGod (6104) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Bottle during Max’s 72 Hour Belgian Beer Fest. Dark brown pour. Near opaque. Nose is hoppy, malty with caramel and choco notes. taste is citrusy hops, sweet malts, caramel, and soft alcohol. Very "American"! Body is medium-full. Mild to moderate carbonation. Slightly oil feel at times. Ends with more citrusy hops, caramel, sweet malts, fruit notes and chocolate. Very tasty. Nice American style barleywine (well IIPA as they have it listed here, but I rated thinking this was a barleywine). Original rating - 8, 4, 9, 4, 17
****RE-RATE**** Bottle. Murky ruby-brown pour with a tall, foamy beige head. Aroma is caramel, herbal hops, citrus notes, and sweet malt. Taste is big herbal hops, citrus fruit, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar and hints of medicine. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation, light lingering bitterness and a pleasant sweet stickiness. Ends with more herbal hops, citrus notes, tropical fruit, sweet malt, caramel and soft alcohol.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in color with a moderate head of fine tan bubbles. Aromas of caramel malt, chocolate, citric hops. In the mouth it is medium to full-bodied with good sweetness in the that trasferred to a dry/bitter/hoppy finish. It showed caramel and made me thing of a Stong Ale until the hoppy finish. This will be an interesting one to age as it currently has many barleywine characteristics but the hoppy IPA edge.
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Degarth. This pours a very dark brown with a slightly red hue at the top. Smells of Melons,Dark fruits, and hoppy. Taste is complex wiyh nalot od bitter hops that is battling a malty backbone... welldone
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Bottled. A hazy brown beer with a small and disappearing white head. The aroma is quite rich: hoppy (pine, grapefruit) with notes of caramel and a hint of chocolate. The flavour is quite sweet, aliitle bit unbalanced and syrupy, but not in an excessive way. Hoppy and caramelly, less chocolate than in the aroma. Full body, lively carbonation, medium bitterness in the finish, some alcohol is felt. A good beer between a IIPA and a Barley Wine.
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow. this beer is great. pours easy with a dark rusted amber color and lively head. impressive in the nose. notes of raisins, caramel, spices, molasses. really impressive.
bottle from sam’s
Dunbar72 (136) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep dark amber, a bit hazy with large yeast particles. A medium sized light brown head. Aroma of malt, hops and fruit. Full body, a fruity hoppy taste with a nice, salty bitterness.
Maby Nögne should update their date-mark system?
Best before: 071112
GMCC2181 (1601) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK I have seen the discussion on this.... It is listed as a DIPA, but the bottle says BARLEYWINE???. To be honest it taste like a IPA to me, but looks like a porter? I guess it is a hybrid. ********Bottle: Dark brown color, decent head. Aroma is sweet dried fruit and hops like a barley wine. Flavor is good amount of hops and malt, like a IPA. Smooth, nice blend. Texture is medium, low carbonation. No alcohol taste. Over all a solid brew. I would buy it again!
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. 1st off - not really sure what to categorize this beer as.... ratebeer has it as a IIPA, which is totally off. Nogne 0 labeled it as a barley wine. No way is this a IIPA... moving on to the barley wine... this is the darkest bw I’ve ever seen... it is a very dark brown with a nice thick head. Not until the finish do you get a sense of a barley wine.... almost like an old ale. That’s what I would call it in style. With that said, this is a very tasty beer once it warms up a bit.... if too cold - all the flavors are hidden. I get slight malty and dark fruit aromas... excellent palate - extremely smooth and almost velvet like across the tongue... spicy on the tip and soft on the sides... the english barley wine style comes through at the back of the palate and through the finish.... quite good. Go buy some today (if you can find it)...
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Regardless of teh caveat at the end in the editor’s note, this is nothing like an IIPA, aside from the high ABV and hop rate. The chocolate malt comes through nice and strong to give a great malt back bone with smooth roasty notes and obvious C-hop character. Definitely seems very porter-esque to me. Very good, though.