NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Draft at GABF. Pours a deep coper with a thin head. Nose is big caramel and definitely on the sweet side. Don’t get the huge hops that are advertised. Some spiciness comes across, but mostly sweet. On taste, seems a bit underattenuated and very caramelly. Distant hops, but lacking balance. Not really my thing. dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2011
(750ml bottle from Whole Foods Hillcrest). Pours a clear dark copper color with a massive khaki head. Active carbonation. Aroma has tart berries, peppery spice and caramel. Taste is tart with some syrupy sweetness. Full bodied with a slick texture. Alcohol is warming, but not overbearing. A unique barleywine because of the tartness, but I think its successful. JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Batch 66. Pours with a big off white head. Dark ruby red. Nose is of raisins sweet dark fruits and malts. Taste is very dry and crisp, almost no trace of hoppiness. It’s an interesting beer that almost tastes more like a Biere de Garde or possibly a Belgium Strong Ale (can’t quite put my finger on it) than a Barley Wine. Not a traditional example of the style but enjoyable none the less.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2011
shared 750ml cork/cage bottle purchased at Telegraph. deep orange pour with light sediment and a big soft 1-2 finger white head. citrus hop nose with layers of rye, spice, apple, green grape and lemon. big sweet body with spicy rye and smooth citrus bitterness. thin layers of vanilla and figs float through the body. spicy and bitter finish round things out with a lingering orange zest. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle pours deep amber(almost copper) with an off-white head. Aroma shows toffee covered apples, spicy rye, and a definate oak presence. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of caramel, delhi dates, vanilla, and some earthy hops. Overall body is a little thin but it’s extremely palatable.
obguthr (6829) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Tropical aroma of kiwifruit, tangerine, and whole grapefruit. Quite a delicious aroma for an IPA or IIPA, but this is new to me in a barleywine. Call it a west coast barleywine. Cloudy copper, thin yellow head. Medium body, lightly spritzy, rather hot. Flavor is triple sec, whole grapefruit, whole overripe oranges. Finishes with just a bit of orange peel. Drinks more like an IIPA. Tropical hop profile doesn’t comport with how I’ve come to know barleywines, but I’m open to a redefinition. Pretty nice. dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Pours coppery with a nice looking white head and decent lacing. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of fruitiness and a slight metallic tinge. Pleasing slightly sour finish with a sweet, spicy intro. Low hop character with an interesting flavor. I need to try again
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Hey the only problem with this beer and bottle is that the cork shot off with violence and broke a light fixture. At least the beer isn’t infected. So there’s that. Formerly corked and caged 750mL bottle pours clear copper with gold edges and tan head. The aroma has spicy hops, mild floral hop note and a decent enough pulse of pine hops too. Behind the hops is a modest level of malt sugary sweetness. The taste is similar with spicy hops, mango, passion fruit too and some floral hops all supported by sweeter notes of sugary malts and sweet apricot juice. Tastes pretty good. blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2011
bottle, thanks to wavers1 in trade, orange amber in color with espresso foam, aroma is lots of caramel and brown sugar, flavor of sweet caramel and malts, a little thin for a barleywine markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours amber with a white head. Nose is red grapes, a vinous quality, some malt, some dates, and a bit of caramel. Taste is sweetness and fruit. Hops and citrus, some malt, vinous with a bit of fruit. Medium in body and slightly syrupy. Interesting and a bit different.