mysticbrew (121) - - OCT 14, 2014
Amber pour with an off-white head. Lacing hangs. Smells of clean malt and roared barley. Caramel flavor with subtle toasted barely. Pallet is smooth and clean with a slight alcohol note.
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low man on the totem pole in a BW tasting. smaller in body than the others, with a hint of metallic aftersmell (is that a word?) and ever so slightly less complexity. a nice beer, but as far as BWs go, below average for my money. decent sweet malt/fruit balance with a hint of hop bitterness."
maltman53 (472) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2014
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: Pours reddish copper. Vinous, caramel, christmas cake spices on the nose and the palate. Overall, a very nice barley wine that integrates its ABV very well.
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Pours a honey-orange amber color with a large khaki head. Well-blended notes of toffee, orange, and lemon. Warmth on the palate with a mild sticky quality. Flavors approximate the aromas with red apple appearing. Alcohol in spades, which bitters the flavor quite a bit. AlmostHome (70) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Thin head, above average taste. Color isn't as dark as I'd have thought it would be. Honestly, this is a very thin Barleywine. Taste is above average.
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coachd (972) - Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Wasn’t sure about this one, but it was cheap and I’m on a barleywine kick. This was the first beer I’ve had from Santa Fe. Pours a very interesting 2-tone color. Dark brown on top, ruby red/amber on bottom. Thin off-white head, moderate lacing. Aroma was not so good. Sour, hoppy but not in a clean way. Kind of smelled like wet bread mixed with a sulphur aroma that was like a burnt match head. Taste was surprisingly weak. I will say that it hides the 10% ABV very well, but the initial flavor is hand soap. After that, it gets a little better with some caramel and malt sweetness. No aftertaste at all; I found that strange. Palate was a little oily, but otherwise non-existent. Don’t try this one. It might be good for getting drunk, but you have to hold your nose while drinking it. I should have known better. Beachmaster (580) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 14, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. pours a murky medium amber with a huge khaki head which slowly fades, leaving good lacing. Nose is caramel and malt. Taste is sweet caramel with a mild hop finish which leaves a malty taste in the mouth after swallowing. Hides the ABV fairly well. A tad sweet, but typical for the style. Not bad at all. thegreenrooster (4627) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pour is a dark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is a nice caramel malt with a decent hoppy backbone and some earthy tannins. Flavor is a decent malt with a bit of dark fruit and some sweetness to hide the alcohol. The problem is its a bit thin around the edges. The hops from the aroma are gone which just leaves this a hint sweet malt bomb with a little plastic taste toward the end. I’ve had better. Ferris (17098) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle - Light hoppy dark caramel. Slight barrel and vinous notes. Clear copper with a rich beige head. Lots of caramel and orange with a rich body and only a bit of booze. This is a great beginner Barley Wine. Subtle and mellow with nothing to extreme. Of course this is also the issue with this beer, a bit light and boring. More of an english style, so the description is a bit misleading. EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 The appearance is cloudy copper color with a large off-white head that fades quickly, and the aroma blends caramel and toasty malts, booze, and resin hops. The taste is mildly sweet, slightly umami, a touch bitter, and a touch boozy, and the palate fuses an oily texture, sweet yet slightly astringent finish, medium body, and a flat carbonation.