GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2009
22oz bomber courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep reddish brown that shows a clear copper when held up to the light. There is a small short-lived off-white head that stays on as a swirl of bubbles and a collar.
The aroma is very sweet, like caramel apples, and definitely more fruity than most barleywine aromas. There is plenty of dark sugar sweetness as well, with only a hint of hops.
There is more of a citrus presence in the taste, especially up front. The taste also has more of the toffee sweetness I was expecting in the nose on top of the caramel malt base with lots of apples and raisins in the there as well. The alcohol is not hiding much in the finish and leaves a noticeable burn going down.
The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied and has some soft carbonation that helps the sweetness stick on the palate between sips.
This is a great barleywine and, despite the alcohol presence, is still very drinkable. The fruitiness makes it a bit original and I thoroughly enjoyed it. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Appearance: Pours brown with a mere film of white swirls.Stine (1796) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Aroma: Spiced pear and burnt sugar..
Taste: Brown sugar, caramelized fruit and booze..
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very coating..
Overall: Nice, bold and balanced. I was very impressed with my first Portsmouth beer.
Wide ranging aroma suggests a fulsome, earthy english-style take. Melon, toffee, overripe red fruits, and salty caramel are the strongest notes.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Too much fusely alcohol. The rich, quality malt flavors of fruits, tobacco, earth and sweets stay afloat in the warmish pool.
Full but somewhat slick palate further suggests that this thing could gather a slow head of steam and be really excellent if left to itself for a while.
Bottle, thanks Nelson. Pours hazy copper/brown, with aa off white head. Aropma is caramel, fruit, and malt. Flavor is toffee, caramel, malt, alcohol, raisins, and a bit of hops. Nice creamy, medium to heavy body. This one is a wonderful surprise. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 19, 2007
(Draft @ brewpub)...Candy Land...Very dark amber, almost brown. Lightly hazy. One finger of biege head. Nose is fruity hoppiness with caramel and rock candy maltiness. Nice strong lacing. Mouthfeel is full and quite sticky. Taste is sweet and hot. Lots of candyish malt, like candy apple glaze. Not very complex but tasty, and oh did I mention, hot. Barkeep said this was about 3 months old. Probably close to Smuttynose Barleywine (although I ain’t had that one yet). Another sweet, hot, tasty offering from Portsmouth.
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Growler thanks to blutt59. Clear garnet with no head. Aroma is butter, caramel, raisins, Flavor is cherry, dark fruits, caramel and raisins. Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Dark Garnet pour with a light filmy head and the edges glisten with a ruby lightness. Aroma is vanilla, very sweet boozey caramel, nice hop presence balances out the sweetness with a lightly bitter grapefruit. Flavor is a bit more fruity than the aroma, lightly hopped, some light dates, fig, grape, as well as molasses, vanilla, some light wood. Wonderfully smooth, slightly boozy, and bursting with flavor. pretty wonderful. GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
From a growler shared with Immy. Thanks! Pours dark amber with a small head. Caramelly and malty on the nose. Rum raisin and caramel on the palate. No noticable alcohol even at 11.5%. Very good barleywine. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Stopped downtown for a pint today and had Donna pour me a Barleywine. It arrived in a standard pint glass with a nice light skim of white lace. The body of this ale was a hazy brown with reddish highlights.
Aromas of sweet grain and caramel filled my nose from this one. The flavors follow the nose in some ways sweet, and almost like eating toffee. There is a slight warmth to this one but not to much considering the 11.5%. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy it feels great just sipping away at this puppy.
Great sipability on this, I try to limit myself to just one a sitting, but it is hard to do. Another fine brew from the guys here at the brewery.
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
[bottle purchased 10/14/07] Sweet malt aroma, plenty of hop character. Somewhat hazy, reddish brown appearance with some decent lacing. Flavors are pretty straight up, tons of caramel malt sweetness, and some really nice English hop character. Alcohol is certainly there, but it doesn’t come off as overly hot. Really nice, overall.