jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle sampled at a friends house. From notes. Loads of caramel, citrus and slightly boozy. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
[6057-20131115] 1pt6floz bottle. Hoppy toasted orange peel aroma. Clear, red amber body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Boozy roasted orange peel malt flavour has a long sweet boozy finish. Medium-full body. Lovely. (8/4/9/4/17) 4.2
superspak (5517) - Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2017
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/23/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, passion fruit, raisin, berries, plum, cherry, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, spicy rye, light nuttiness/pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. A bit of booze appears as it warms. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, passion fruit, raisin, berries, plum, cherry, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, spicy rye, light nuttiness/pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, passion fruit, raisin, berries, plum, cherry, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, spicy rye, pine, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly slick/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden; a light warmth lingering after the finish, with minimal booziness. Overall this is an outstanding American barleywine! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. Insane amounts of juicy hops and balancing malt sweetness; not overly bitter or drying like many in the style tend to be. A highly enjoyable offering. crossovert (12670) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Beautiful appearance witha caramel body and similiar tan head. Smell is hoppy with a nice malt character. Flavor brings some nice rye which makes the malt bill come alive. Would eb good with caramel rye too I think. Hops are there and give a medium bitterness, Nice smooth mouthfeel AWISLguy (3053) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bomber from Bottles & Cans; batch #221/222/223, so early October batch date. Picked up quite fresh, and cellared 3 months - served at cellar temperature. Pours an orangey brown with an orange head leaving some nice stripes of lace on the glass. Aroma is holy hops! Lovely fruits, heavy citrus, sweet pine, and grass. Taste is sweet fruits, caramel, citrus, pine and heavy resin. Very sweet, between the fruitiness and the malts, and super hoppy. Medium bodied and very sticky. Finishes super sweet and somewhat alcoholly. Not sure what a great barleywine "should" be, but a brew that tastes like a very good - if sweet and fruity - DIPA would be a very good beer in my book. Very enjoyable ... if sweet.
raoul_duke (240) - - OCT 10, 2015
On tap at twin anchors. Dark brown with some red. Pretty good head. Lots of sugar in the front with honey. Hop on the back. This is excellent. No heat at all. I would never guess this is double digit abv. Outstanding. DuchessOfIowa (161) - Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Dark chestnut and cherry hue that is beautiful finished by a tight & thin white head. Caramel and honey sweetness on the beginning that has a subtle spicey rye and roasted note. Good little heat flash at the end to remind you this is a big one. This is a fantastic barleywine plus I am a sucker for marketing as I love the Nina, unicorn vs. whatever theme. Rasmus40 (20435) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Hazy dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 291213 Camons (12317) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle @ Johns, Århus newyear tasting. Pours hazy dark amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, rye, sweet dark fruit. Flavor is malt, rye, caramel, rich dark fruit, bitter fruity hops, light boozy. Full body, soft carbonation, bitter finish with some warming alcohol. 291213 lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2014
650 ml bottle with a small head. Thanks lusikka. Pours a dark brown colour with a small head. Rich aroma of caramel, floral notes, grapefruit and grass. Flavour of rich grapefruity bitterness, heavy caramel, pine, some resin, biscuit and herbs. Full bodied and thick mouthfeel. Very long, lingering bitter, heavy finish. A heavy strong ale with nice hoppiness. At this point I would not call this as a barleywine, but more of an American strong ale.