koleminer20 (3597) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2017 weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ortino’s Northside...
Appears a turbid, russett toned amber with a small white head that fades into a small cap and collar. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, American Oak, dark fruit, caramel, sugar, roasted nuts, and mild citrus blasts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with oak tannins taking over the brew.
Mouthfeel is smooth with light syrup...the smoothest barleywine that I remember having, especially being this young. Overall, it’s a nice tasting, slightly sweet brew with an oakiness that seems to take over the brew.
From notes. Enjoyed at the 4th Annual Barleywine Tasting at Nicole’s house on January 28. 750 mL bottle. We just know that this is older than 2014. The pour is a dirty reddish orange color with a thin and fizzy white head that vanishes quickly. The aroma is really messy. There is a light caramel and some malt, but it’s just boozy and bitter. There is a strong leafy hop on the back end that I don’t care for. The flavor has more of a fruity thing happening that doesn’t work. The caramel and light maltiness really fade with the hops and this is a disaster. The mouth feel is light and watery with a fizzier carbonation and a lingeringly bitter finish. No thanks. ebone1988 (1925) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2017
At the Barleywine event. Aroma is hops, caramel, toffee, booze, eh. Appearance is amber orange, light tan head, haze. Taste is hops, booze, caramel, old, bad. Mouthfeel is medium mold, light carbonation, nutty booze aftertaste. Overall, not good. stevoj (5040) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Pretty unassuming for a barley wine, very subtle. Sweet malty aroma, pour is normal for the style, malty taste, little warmth. BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle thanks to Toby. Pours out amber topped with a tan head. Nose is a little old caramel sweetness malts and some malts. Taste is more of the sweetness caramel toffee malts. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2014
(750ml bottle) cloudy deep orange, wispy tan bubbles. Nose is hoppy and sweet, candied hops, cream, lactose, funky, moss, yogurt. Taste is quite sweet, honey, light pine, unbalanced towards sweet, almost no carb.
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2014
On draft @ Stoudts. Pours a beautiful auburn caramel color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades to a lacy ring Sweet bread smell with a hint of hops on the nose. Smooth malty toffee taste with again a faint hop presence in the aftertaste. Not the best barleywine I have had. But certainly nowhere near the worst. Good stuff. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bomber from some old (2008) trade.
punkska101 (2036) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
I’m a bit of a moron for leaving this one in the cellar for so long. Relatively dark pour, decent head given the age. Cheese and wet cardboard nose of oxidized hops. Quite dry with a sort of lemon marmalade on burnt toast kind of thing. Really not very good.
750 ml shared with seb bought at winooski A: soft caramel, nutty App: hazy brown minimal white head. T/p: med body long bitter finish. Velvety texture O: OK but nothing exceptional. thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Pours reddish brown with thin white head, Aroma is malts, nuts, caramel, Taste sweet malts, caramel, toast, lively and bitter on tongue, dry finish Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is earthy, caramel and dark fruits. Taste is sweet with trace bitters, mostly sweet though. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy mouth feel with soft carbonation. Had off tap and it was much better then some of the reviews here, maybe there was an issue with the bottling.