VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - APR 9, 2017
ooooooh christ this is seriously good. Removed the cap with my eye socket to impress my cat. Didn’t work. Creamy tan head, super sticky, beautiful hue. Incredible aroma within seconds. Warm smelling despite the actual temp, butterscotch, caramel, mulled cherry, berries, cocoa, honey, apricot, faint pine. It’s the malts that win me over. But the aroma is all encompassing. No let down in the flavour dept either. Big malts, toffee, sweetness, caramel, end of taste deep roast lingerings. Pine, honey, berry, maybe apricot, hint anise and pepper on the back. The taste is way more adventurous early on in the pour but it never got out of balanced. Later on it mellows out and those hoppy characters go into hiding. *** A bit of a wait brought back those fruity flavours in force. I guess my palate checked right the fuck out. Zero alc taste in my mouth but my brain is sure tasting it. Pure enjoyment. Had some stupid high score going but I knew I had to check what I had as my top BW’s and, yea, this ain’t no Pelican or Matt’s. Had to re-score and slot accordingly. Had this 10 or 12 yrs ago and probably thought it was crap. This and some john barleycorn shit from a trip out to the coastish. No clue what the hell what was happening back then. strap (915) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2017
a reddish hue with a light head. fruity aroma, mainly cherries. strong roasted malt bite with some decent hops. an extremely good barley wine. MaBeer1972 (2051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 1, 2017
2013 bottle. Poured into a snifter. A murky amber brown with an inch-thick tan head. Super earthy-herbal malty aromas. Flavor is complex earth-spice with grapefruit and piney bitterness. Very mellow after almost 4 years. I’ve had this on draft before, but this cellared version is superior. Very smooth all around. Sharp sweetness is gone. torfje (2) - NORWAY - FEB 28, 2017 does not count
I love the bitterness, the full body, the caramel,the..... It’s almost perfect! Mep3222 (1560) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2017
2017 version. Caramelized malt aroma with piney resinous hops. Taste is caramelized malt bomb, but balanced by lots of hops so that it finishes bitter and dry. No sweetness really. Malt balances the bitter piney hops and mitigates them as well. Ends up a bit too much on the bitter side for me but still a very nice barleywine overall. Full flavored complex alcohol masked well. Just another well done beer by Sierra Nevada.
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HuskerTan (2201) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 23, 2017
A- Caramel, butterscotch, malty, pine, dark fruits.
A- Mahogany color, clear liquid, beige head.
T- Bitter, pine, floral, dark fruits, malty, caramel.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- With almost 2.5 years of age this was still insanely aggressive in terms of bitterness. Almost unbearable. A lot of caramel malt too. This need another 10 years of age before I would probably enjoy it. Foffern (1877) - Bodø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle at Hundholmen, Bodø. One year old. The colour is hazy dark amber to reddish brown with small beige head. Aroma of pine, grass, caramel, apricot and some cocoa and wild berries. Lots of pine and sap in the flavor along with caramel, bread and grassy hops. Has a slick and soft mouth feel, full-bodied and balanced bitterness. A malty and hoppy BW, but well-balanced. aleigator (945) - GERMANY - FEB 19, 2017
Bigfoot 2015 on feb 2017
Pours a glowing red color with a big, fluffy beige head.
Smells of caramel, ripe oranges, dried wild berries, wood bark and fresh cut lemons.
Has a soft, lower carbonation, displaying a medium bodied beer, which has a convincing balance to it, although the finish in this is pushing it, in regards of its bitter hop impact.
Tastes of toffee malts, glazed caramel and bakers chocolate, together with an earthy note, from which slowly a herbal dryness evolves. Its midpalate is still defined by the malts, but now the hops are easily recognizable for their leafy lemon bite. The finish is a complete turnover, it is utmost bitter and dry, with a ripe, malt accompanied fruitiness cutting through.
Wow, this is intense. The beer has a marvellous taste evolution. While it begins like a regular barley wine, sweet, fruity and malty, it finishes unexpectedly dry with a bitter fruit note to it. Very well made and outstandingly well build, everything comes together perfectly in this. john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle. Deep reddish-brown colour. Intense flavours. Very heavily hopped (earthy and resinous hops. Very fruity (citrus-grapefruit & orange). Malty (toasty malts, toffee). Very, very dry. Tangy and bittersweet throughout. Very long, very dry, bitter finish. Initially, a bit overpowering in its intensity, but it is very good. Very hoppy Barley Wine. Good stuff. (2008)
papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
Appearance: Pours a deep brown almost cognac-like in color with a thick 3 finger head that has a good staying power.
Smell: Resin-like, dried raisin with mild, bitter hoppiness.
Taste: Surprisingly subdued alcohol taste but rich in flavor. Dried fruit with a bitter finish. Warm & malt-like character dominates. Very tasty!
Mouthfeel: Very smooth as it coats the inside of the mouth like a warm blanket. Dried fruit presence restrained with an almost earthen quality. Aromatic, bitter-sweet & intense malt. Very comforting.
Reviewed on: 02-29-2008