ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012 TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Real. Clear, yellow-orange pour with a persistent, short white head leaving heavy lace. Nose is ripe oranges, citrus and pine. Heavy body with moderate, fine carbonation. Mandarin ornages, spruce, mild dates and raisins, ripe apples and some booziness. Finish continues similar fruits, some light pine and citrus bitterness and a roast vegetable component enters. Clearly related to Bigfoot, but moves a step towards a more English style BW at the same time it takes a step in a completely different direction. My compliments to SN for rolling the dice, nicely done!
4 oz. poured into a snifter at Churchkey. From notes.
A: Pours a dark copper color with great clarity. The head is a one finger slightly off white color with a thin, creamy-textured collar retaining to the side of the glass. Acceptable lacing given the serving circumstances.
S: Similar to a lot of barleywines I’ve smelled - but somehow it’s not. Caramel and darker fruits abound, with an augmenting aroma of peppercorn, mint, smoke, pineapple, and slight oak. Me likey.
T: Quite mellow, but in a good way. The initial caramel sweetness gives way to a smoky, faintly leathery midtaste and a finishing mild pineapple character from the hops, along with some alcohol. Not the most complex barleywine, but solid.
M: Slightly thin for a barleywine, but it doesn’t quite help bringing its drinkability level above ’slow sipper’. As in the flavor, alcohol is present, but well integrated in conjunction with its lower carbonation.
O: An interesting beer to try, without a doubt. I’d say it’s about on par with SN’s Bigfoot, meaning it’s very good, but not great. Well worth a try, at least. baraciisch (3436) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Clear orange caramel in color... Aroma of sweet malts... Flavor is caramel malts, brown sugar, minimal hops on finish... Fairly light and easy to drink after an allagash Curieux ... Decent Nickls (2616) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Tap. Slight white head on a hazy bright rusty light orange. Dusty citrus hops and alcohol and alight sweetness. Very malty, but not overly sweet..citrus hops and tangerines. Thicker syrupy body
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Tap at CK thanks to argo0. Low haze nectarine pour (??). Light SRM for style. Nose is dank hops, tropical, grilled papaya and pineapple. Taste is rich, peppery, spicy cedar. Thicker sugary palate with bright stone fruits. Really like this one. One of the first barleywines that is quite drinkable. But comes across more of a DIPA.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Draft. Hazy light-amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation. marcus (10865) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2012
On tap at Dad’s Kitchen, Sacramento. Pours cloudy golden with a nice off-white head and a sweet floral aroma. There is a sweet caramel malt flavor with a honey feel that leaves a tingling sensation on the palate. Pleasant to drink. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 17, 2012
10 ounce snifter at DeVere’s in Sacramento. The initial aroma is quite faint, but I think this is because it is too cold. After it warms a bit, there are some citrus orange hints, and some fruity yeast ester character. A strange aroma, which doesn’t make much sense. Transparent copper-colored/orange body with a small, off-yellowish head present. Light for a barleywine...reminds me of HOTD Fred. Hopefully, it tastes similar. Starts with citrus, floral, and orangey hop character. Becomes a bit sweet, chewy and borderline cloying with some fruity esters in the middle. Finishes with a strong, bitter, hopped floral and grapefruity hop flavors. This beer is just all over the place...between the sweet cloying character, and super bitter hops and the goofy esters. bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Draft. Amber beer with a dark cream head. Caramel and herbal aroma. Caramel and honey flavor with herbal and floral notes. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and honey lingers with light toffee, herbal and floral notes. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours a blonde color with a big white head. The aroma is very fragrant with herbal and floral hops backed up by some honey and bread. The flavor is sweet with honey, peach, pineapple and a strong bitter finish. Thick, bordering on syrupy body with noticeable alcohol warmth. Kind of a strange blonde barley wine, but tasty. I would have guessed it to be a messy, under attenuated IIPA. I enjoyed it when I started thinking barley wine.