legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Very nice, warming barley wine, with alcohol only barely raising a bit of heat. Very good. superspak (5600) - Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/30/2013. Pours hazy and cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with fairly weak strength. Taste of big orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind, tangerine, floral, honey, bread, pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a very nice malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice blonde barleywine. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Looks like a blonde with a thin white ring head. Aroma is a little nutty, bitter and woody. Taste is bitter nutty, woody. The strength is well hidden. Its highly palatable with just a slight warming afterwards. The finish is nice being a little dry. No lace. jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2013
Gold in color with a decent white head. Aroma is of caramel, light floral, grass, and booze. Taste is of pine, grass, citrus, booze, caramel, sugar. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Its light, golden orange color is not what you’d expect from a barleywine, but justa bout right for a blonde barleywine. It has a fine, bright white head and slow, but steady carbonation. There’s a very pleasant, sweet, grainy aroma that’s gentle and not very reflective of the alcohol content at all, passing almost more for a malty blonde than a barleywine.
Once in the mouth, though, you can tell there’s something more to this beer. The pleasant, sweet character in the nose is joined by floral, perfume-like earthy notes and light-bodied, sweet, high-alcohol body that remind me more of a Belgian recipe than an American one. The lacing left behind by this is pretty sexy. It finishes with a sweet, strong grain flavor that very much reminds me of fermented pilsener malt. It’s light on the palate, but still strong, and easy to throw down. Not bad, and very nice for a blonde barleywine.
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
on tap @ nobi .. . lots of heat, but not really that boozy .. . gold amber .. decent foam .. . this is a great candidate for barrel aging .. . liked it but took a good while to finish .. . . Buy her a taco. Bitches love tacos. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy gold-looks like a hefe. Nose is a little musty as this bottle is a bit old. Flavors are a bit of sugar, honey and malts. Hops are present and fit the bill on this one. Drinks and goes down smoothly. I loved Bitter End-one of the first and best Austin brewpubs. alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Kind of a yellow-tan and somewhat hazy, not much head or lacing, despite a pretty rough pour over two bottles of sampling this beer.
Aroma is plenty of malts, tons of citrus, a little fruitiness.
Flavor has some true barleywine type aspects, fruitiness, maltiness, but is heavier on citrus flavors, and has a moderate hop flavor.
Body wise it’s fairly b arleywine-like, but lighter to some extent. Carbonation is pretty light. Drinkability is pretty good, I could possibly have two of these in a session, where most barleywines would be only one.
It’s an interesting take on barleywine. I commend RABC for trying different things. I look forward to their next beer that shows up on my local shelf. Because Blanco isn’t far from here, we’re getting some fresh stuff. Value-wise I’m always happy with RABC and have never complained about the quality to price ratio. ozarkspops (368) - - MAY 23, 2013
Crystal clear golden copper pour. Bright white medium head. Lots of lacing. Lots of pilsner malt in aroma. Mild citrus and earthy hop aroma. Bright malty flavor. Balanced but not overpowering citrusy and piney hop flavors. Decent amount of alcohol burn in aroma and in taste. . ---Rated via iPhone dfinney23 (3273) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Pours hazy light amber with a dense white head. Aroma of citrus, yeast and spice. Taste is similar with more of a bready maltiness.