nuplastikk (6146) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Deep thick brown-red. Thin, oily beige head steadily rims the glass. Sweet big malt aroma. While there is some serious resiny hop action, this is pretty malt forward, letting the thick, rich malt tones shine. Relatively straightforward and well executed. Dry, cherry wood tones. Full bodied, but hides the alcohol well.
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz. bottle into a small tulip glass, pours dark root beer in appearance with a straight white head that lasts a bit. Moderate aroma is promising mix of sweetness, dark malts, something roasted. Light carbonation; relatively easy to drink, creamy, malty mouthfeel, with some heft. Flavor is enjoyable to me - malt, caramel, but not overly sweet, with some spice or kick underneath. Moderate as barleywines go, smooth with some warmth; I liked it. One of the better Pyramid offerings, and I buy Pyramid variety packs pretty often. (10/27/12 @home)
Finhead (1731) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A brown, cola color with a small, tan head. The aroma has some cooked apple and blueberry. The medium body has a slick texture with average carbonation. It has a sweet taste with alcohol flavor and warmth.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a 12oz bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Hazier dark red / brown color. Little khaki head. Some dots of lace. Grape juice, dark fruit, little chocolate, cough syrup, raisin. Bitter sweet taste. Bigger body, but smooth lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Only a little warmth. Goes down easy, for a barleywine.
smaynard6000 (1143) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours deep red with creamy tan head. Aroma is predominantly sweet with some spicy character. Very sweet flavor with just a tiny bit of hoppiness and then alcohol in the finish. I love barley wine and this is pretty good.
Beerdrinker79 (2184) - Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours a very hazy dark ruby red with a thin tan head that reduces to a collar, the aroma right off the bat smells like a fart, a stinky ass funky fart, but that was just the gasses being released from the bottle, there is a very sweet candy like aroma, caramel. The taste is the same, sweet and candy like, strong caramel malt, but not overbearing like many of the style. Very simplistic, but more drinkable than a lot of the more complex Barleywines. Not bad!
GarrettB (1573) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I picked this beer out especially because I thought it would be able to stand up to the fiery, burning trail on my palate left behind by a pipe full of a Latakia tobacco blend. Barleywines are burly, sometimes strong, and the smell of this one suggests it is not an exception. Heavy aromas of raisins, malts, fig, and lighter notes of strawberries and cherries and a nose puckering alcoholic sting augur well for this brew. Raisins rule in the flavor, along with some bungling but pungent spices of clove and all-spice, and that same, strong spine of ethanol. Too strong, in fact, giving this Barleywine an unnaturally straight posture, and too many overpowering flavors. This beer sits well after a pipe session, but I wonder how gruff it would seem without the numbing effect of a pungent tobacco? I’m skeptical.
rocbyter (2117) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong robust dark malt aroma. Dark amber color with a small white head. Light bitter beginning with a strong bitter and sweet finish.
poisoneddwarf (2495) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from the Fall Variety Pack bought from work. Pours hazy amber with a collapsing light-beige head. Aroma is caramelly, bready malt. Taste is malty sweet with a lingering, but not massively bitter finish. Has a dessert-like fruitiness, like roasted apples covered in caramel. Mouthfeel is syrupy and the carbonation average. Tasty, but doesn’t quite reach the complexities that the best barleywines have.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s not so bad. Barley wine was an exciting name but no ipa to be sure......