fiveacestx (977) - Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle - nice faded orange color with an average head and dotted lacing. The nose is very hop obvious. Has a fruity backbone and a dry finish. johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Great looking beer, dark cloudy amber with white head.. nice aroma with citrusy hops, orange, honeyed sugary character... pleasant mouthfeel, quite viscous, rich, complex, well-balanced.. distinct hoppy finish.. great effort. thomas15 (694) - Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2013
2012 vintage. Aroma is resinous pine. Sweet toffe and Caramel follow. On the hoppy side but smells almost perfect for style. This is a seriously beautiful beer. Honey orange with steady rising tiny bubbles off whit head that is creamy and leaves thick lacing. Definitely on the hoppy side but when your palate adjusts a nice citrus sweetness with toffee and caramel undertones. Medium body for stly with some nice stickiness. A personal favorite barleywine. JakeSparks (125) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
first had this in 03-04 i think, ages wonderfully. i like the sherry notes but haven’t found the newer vintages Austinista (139) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
floral, herbs, citrus, barnyard, leaves, butterscotch, ginger, vanilla, woody, hay, caramel, cereal, banana, amber, orange, sparkling, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, umami, light body, lively, bitter,
Strykzone (7806) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2013
12 ounce bottle from HEB and opened at Larry’s. Coppery and hazy with a smallblotchy head. Aromas of big complex fruit and caramel. The flavors are those too but with a lot of harshness. A little sourness, too. Not a big fan of this one. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2012
2011 vintage. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass and allowed to warm up a bit.
A - Pours a hazy dark red/orange body. Small one finger off white dissipates quickly into some thin edging. Solid lacing and retention.
S - Sweet caramel malt, dank hops, citrus, and raisins. The finish is a bit warming from the alcohol.
T - Similar to the nose with caramel malts and raisins followed by some dank and citric hops. Very much an American barleywine with the hops still clinging on with some light bitterness. Aftertaste is piney and grapefruit juice and slightly off putting.
M - Medium bodied and slightly syrupy. Carbonation is a bit too high. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable.
O - A solid example of the American Barleywine. I’m really just not subscribed to the idea that they are worth aging though. Thanks for the chance to try this gtermi! Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
12oz bottle from 2011. Aroma is of any good barley wine with a sharp sweetness towards the end, and some earthiness. Murky golden brown with good lacing. The taste starts kinda backwards as it turns from a rye taste into the barley wine flavor with sweetness coming in at the end. The palate is pretty smooth for a barley wine. Overall, this complex beer does not disappoint. I may not enjoy all of Real Ale’s beer, but they do know how to do a Barley Wine right. SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 10, 2012
2012 bottle. pours a lightly cloudy orange with almost no head. aroma is kind of difficult to pick up with maybe a hint of tartness. the flavor is fruity with a floral hop character and enough malt sweetness. kind of a cross to me between english and american BWs. not the super hoppy american style, but not intensely malty or buttery like some extreme english styles. it has the faintest note of tart and dust. the palate is superb for it’s young age. bottled 3/24/12, roughlyt 8 months ago. no boozy notes or harshness. its going down quick and bringing me a lot of joy in my boring houston hotel. crosamich (474) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2012
2011- thick & syrupy, fairly dry, seems to be a mineral aspect that I can’t quite place. Kind of a strange aftertaste.