stevoj (5867) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2015 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Sam Adams Barleywine. Surprise. [A] Plum, grape, caramel, citrus, booziness. I’m not so much for vinous fruitiness as I am for tropicals, caramel and hops in my american BWs. Not everyone can be a Behemoth. [A] Reddish brown. Head is pretty short lived. [F] Nicely malty. Caramel, with more vinous fruitiness here. Hops are actually a nice dose of citrus. Think Brooklyn Monster is actually a great comparison, though I don’t recall the hops shining so much in that one. [P] Very bitter, fairly light, yet slick. Drinkability, maybe. [O] This was a decent brew. Nothing special IMHO. For those with patience, and interest, laying one down may not be a bad idea. Otherwise, not worth seeking out.
Bottle share thanks to Toby. Pretty average barley wine, nice aroma and taste. Not much else other than the celebrity endorsement. Homer321 (5248) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2014
300th rating of this beer! Bottle from the rotter. Pours a murky reddish brown with a medium, light khaki head. lots of tiny compact bubbles. Nose is toffee, caramel, a bit of bread. Taste is moderately sweet with a firm hop bitterness. As it warms, more chewy and caramel flavors come out. by now, all of the hops are bitter with a faint grassiness. a very smooth alcohol warming. This shit is pretty damn good for being so old. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
From notes verbatim on 10/7/10
A: Creamy layer over an amber ale with excellent clarity. Good retention of head. Little to no lacing.
S: Good barley scent. Not much hop there, more English in nose to me. Nice, enjoyable.
T: Very sweet. Despite my appreciation for the nose, this may have benefited from a slight addition of flavor hops. Otherwise, standard barley, malt, grain, sweetness. ABV well hidden.
M: A bit flat. Slicks the mouth, but again, wish there were a hint more carbonation.
D: Good barley for drinking now. Might entertain cellaring a few.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2011 Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle. This is a nice straightforward barley wine with some good malt character. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle @ Aaron’s basement. Hazed copper pour with an off-white head. Sweet caramel and fruit. Plum, dates, and hints of citrus peel. Some grape/wine, notes. Sweet flavor of brown sugar and caramel. Dates, plums, and grape. Citrus zest, some sherry, and apple. Oxidation is evident.
cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Homer321. Pours a murky orangish brown appearance with a light brown head. Oxidized, papery, caramel, fig, dark fruity aroma. Toffee, caramel, papery, plum, light apple flavor. This one is done. OKplus (788) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 17, 2013
A - Pours a dark ruby with an off-white head that melts into a wispy island of tiny bubbles.
S - Rich malt, dark dried fruit, roasted brown sugar, alcohol vapors, over ripened grapes
T - Toasty and complex, sugary sweet malt, chocolate, candied plum, deep dark cherry flavor, alcohol is very prominent, also has a nice toasted caramel flavor along with an old musky oak flavor. The delicate pine hops supports the giant malt compound. Mouthfeel is full bodied with average carbonation for the style. Aftertaste is of citrus hops.
A very malty/complex forward Barleywine that finishes with a dry citrus flavor. This has lots of stories to unfold with age.
Don’t pass it up.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2010 madmitch76 (26368) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
14th March 2012Drjohnrock (841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Clear amber beer with a big off white head. Light palate, a little dry and crispy. Very light malt with a lot of floral things going on. Very mild citrus underneath. Semi dry finish with mild bitter linger. The most floral barleywine I’ve ever had!
Poured from 12 ounce bottle bought when this beer was commercially available, tasted on July 27, 2012--yes, it sat in the back of my fridge all that time. Nice dark amber hue, large tan head that slowly receded with good lacing, vinous aroma with date and other fruity elements, creamy, smooth, but firm bittersweet flavor. My other bottle of this broke shortly after I bought the Long Shot six pack it was in, so I don’t know if this improved or declined with age. Regardless, not bad at all marcus (10866) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours reddish brown with a huge beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a sweet fruity malt flavor with lots of caramel and a dry slightly bitter finish.