koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016 Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 Vintage. Coming down the 40, and I always make a point to stop by this brewpub for a bite and pint (or 2). I see this one on the shelf all the time at my local haunt, but for some reason I always avoid it. I’m just not a huge Barleywine guy I guess. This time though, I was in the mood so I finished my meal with this one.
Came out in a stemmed goblet. As with most "imperialized" brews, this was not a full pint, unfortunately. A ripe plum color with faint ruby edges. The cap of froth was short in size but not short-lived, as each sip left a perfect ring clinging to the glass. Rich aromas of dark fruits, booze, and some light earthy notes. Clean mouthfeel, rich and deep, envelopes the palate. Subtle carbonation lightens this one up just a smidge.
Great decadent fruity flavors of fig, plum, and raisin. The alcohol add just enough heat to this, but in no way overpowers. Sweet candy-like flavors on the back end keep this balanced, and tone down the richness of it a bit. Bitterness is present, but again, subtlety is king. Definitely sets itself apart from the Americanized versions of this style. This was rich, tasty, and ever so easy to drink. I think I need to pull the trigger on some bottles now.
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s house on February 20. 22 oz bottle. 2012 vintage. The pour is a nice ruby infused brown color with a smaller tan head that falls off quickly leaving minimal lace. The aroma is interesting. I think it’s more oxidized than anything, but there are certain notes in there. It starts off with a decent caramel and dark fruit mixture with a touch of syrup and a little bit of charred oak. It’s not that great, but it’s definitely not too awful. The flavor is where the oxidation really kicks in. There are some other notes, but it’s just struggling. There is a little malt, some light fruit, and a little more hop than the nose would lead on is available. The back end is a little chalky and definitely needs some help. The mouth feel is decently thick, with a moderately heavy carbonation and carries a lingeringly malty, slightly off sweet finish. It’s not terrible, but I think this is one that definitely needs to be drunk fresh. Age didn’t treat her well. weihenweizen (4144) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated brown bomber poured into a snifter. Opaque medium brown with very little head. Rich caramel aroma, medium body, low carbonation, little lacing. Taste is caramel malt. Not that heavy. JBPortland (1564) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2015
22oz bottle 2013 vintage pours dark brown black with a small finger of head. Nose is sweet caramel, maple, raisin, dark fruit. Taste is thick bodied, chewy sweet dark fruit, raisin, bready maple, sticky caramel. Finishes sweet, low bitterness, dark bread, raisin, plum, caramel. Very big. Decent barleywine. GTAEgeek (2455) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2015
22 oz. bottle, shared by Hamp at Ale Alpharetta. Cloudy, ruby brown color, with a small, tan head. The nose is toffee, burnt oak, syrup, and chicory. Sweet and malty, with a roasted bitterness in the finish. Heavy body, syrupy, chalky, and a little harsh. This is a pretty nice beer, but the flavor has some off character, and the mouthfeel is a littel unpleasant. Lots of potential in the aroma, but doesn’t quite pull it off. Cybercat (6211) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Pours nearly opaque sable - a little daylight gets through at the top - with a thin light tan head. Aroma has earthy, roast malt and licorice notes. Flavor tosses some woody hops into the mix, adding a little bitterness. Texture has good body of not a lot of fizz. Walk he Irish walk! (Insert inevitable joke about how the Irish drink here.)
zoucrew102 (2146) - - APR 4, 2015
Bomber, 2013 vintage, thanks Russ! Boozy dark fruit aroma with caramel and hops in the background. Pours dark caramel brown with a thin tan head and very little lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit including raisin as well as quite a bit of sweet caramel. Finishes smooth but slightly dry with some hops joining the party with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Excellent barleywine! Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Clear dark brown pour. Off white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla. Sweet taste with a medium thick mouthfeel. Almost liquid candy. djd07 (15651) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle during RBWG. Pours amber with small beige head. The aroma is caramel and floral. Medium mouth with earthy malts, caramel, candy sugar, sweetness throughout, very good. mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
2014. Dark brown pour with a small frothy brown head. Looked like a stout/porter. Wonderfully inviting aroma full of rich dark fruits, booze soaked raisins and figs, touch of herbal hops. Real nice and subtle. Flavors were balanced to a T. Lots of caramel, dark fruit, tons of raisin, prune, earthy hop finish, bittersweet. Mouthfeel was medium to full with moderate carbonation. Balance was the big takeaway from this one. Rich and malty with a perfect hop bitterness. Top notch stuff. tillmac62 (761) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2015
2014 release. Pours a dark brown, just like a porter. Normal head volume and retention, excellent lacing. Dark fruit nose of plums, raisins and dates over a light note of alcohol. As it warms, molasses is evident along with a caramel note.. Light full body with a nice creamy texture. Slightly below normal carbonation, with a bit of effervescence in the finish, buttresses the body/texture. The flavor profile is intense, very complex and reasonably balanced. It begins with a burst of blended dark fruits that flow into a molasses sweetness. In the middle, the molasses fades into a caramel note that is rather sweet and covers the alcohol that lurks underneath. While reasonably covered, the alcohol still exhibits a slight astringency in the middle. In the finish, alcohol dominates and leaves that nice burn at the back of the throat. As it all fades away, it is a bit dry and prune notes are detected. I’m not a big barley wine fan, but this one hits the outstanding mark.