JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
Draft at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Dark amber pour, caramel colored head. Caramel malt, sweet fruit (one guy at the festival said it was like fruity Trix, which does a good job of summarizing it), and some piney hops. Not too complex, but I still liked it a lot. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - APR 22, 2010
Tap at Rattle’n’Hum. Big, crispy, hugely sweet aroma, with a citrus kick pulling up the rear. Crispy, caramel corn flavor, light, brightish. Typical American barleywine. Very boring. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2010
Draft. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Syrupy and sweet, fruit tones. Very sweet with apricot, cherries, and fig notes. A modest warming, is a bit deterring, with that pure caramel and malty etoh warming. A viscous sugar bomb with little character. TaktikMTL (7874) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2010
En fût. Verre de 8 oz dégusté chez Rattle & Hum (New York, NY). Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons et de caramel avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #2970) AcctError54399 (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 11, 2010
On tap at rattle n hum. Soft and supple creamy vanilla, molasses, and bourbon. Unbelievable for the alcohol percent.
MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
My Bottom Line:zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - APR 2, 2010
Honey-laced caramel malts benefit from rye-like alcohol heat to alleviate some of this Barley Wine’s dextrins, building a mighty fine body to sip on.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim veil of foam tops the cloudy dark amber.
-I get a lot more of the rye than the bourbon.
-Carbonation was soft, letting us enjoy the potent but well positioned flavors.
-There could be more malt depth in such a BWine, but that’s just my taste in the style.
On tap at Rattle ’n’ Hum, NYC.
Tap @ Rattle n Hum - pours amber brown, sweet caramel base, sticky sweet. Woody and bourbon, vanilla bean and some peachy fruits. blipp (9501) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Draft. Pours amber brown with an off white head. Whiskey sweet aroma with some fruity notes and light hops. The flavor has a bourbon/brandy like sweetness, toffee and toasty malts, light earthy notes, and floral hops. Intense. egajdzis (6669) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Hazy red brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, dried fruits, caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, floral hops, citrus fruits, and alcohol. Taste of dark fruits, caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, nuts, vanilla, and alcohol in the finish. brokensail (16599) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with plenty of red highlights to it. There isn’t too much in the way of head, but what is there sticks around nicely.
S: I was surprised by the hop character of the nose. A nice citrus component along with some sweet fruits, sugar, and caramel.
T: The bitterness and sweetness are well balanced in this beer. The caramel and sugar flavors are the strongest, but some good fruit and not much in the way of alcohol.
M: A fairly full bodied beverage with a low to moderate carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish.
D: I was surprised that this is nearly 14% ABV. Certainly an easy to drink barleywine with some nice flavors, but not the best I’ve had.