GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2009
750mL cork and caged bottle.
This one opens with a big pop and pours with a massive bubbly head over a hazy reddish amber body with lots of bubbles streaming to the top.
The aroma is interesting as it’s like a cross between a rye pale ale and a barleywine. The first thing I notice is the slightly spicy rye with a solid hoppiness as well. This is complimented by a sweet sugary caramel malt and dark fruit combination in the background.
The taste leans more toward a barleywine than the aroma with the sweet caramel malts being more prevalent with a slight citrus hoppiness up front as well. The rye is most evident in the finish where there is a definite spiciness.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation. In fact, the carbonation is probably a little overdone for my liking. The alcohol becomes pretty evident after a few sips.
I really like this beer and I like what the rye adds to othe barleywine character. The overcarbonation takes away a bit but it’s still a solid effort. illidurit (2338) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Sam. Pours golden orange with a monstrous off-white head. Toasty and fruity aroma, rye spiciness, lots of caramel. Flavor is interesting, very yeasty and fruity. Orange oil, toasted rye, dark caramel, boozy darker fruits. Too heavy on the carbonation but after some time to settle down this is decently drinkable and smooth. An odd barleywine for sure. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2010
Hazy deep orange color, big fluffy head.Aroma is slight grapefruit and flowers. Flavor is sweet at first, then spicy later. Very complex- like drinking two beers at once. Even the the ABV isn’t too impressive, we all got smacked by this one Bottle from a tasting with Smith4498, Legato, and Cbeers21. cgarvieuk (24462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2010 bottle at halloweeen tasting ... copper ... bubbly white head ... sweet yeast ... light fruit nose ... sweet fruit ... light hop ... light oxidation ... sweet fruits ... nice but heavy ...3.5 tk2 ... sealed bottle few days later ... copper ... light sweet toffee nose ... juicy malts ... little plum ... little orange ... not as heavy today 3.6 Ungstrup (37561) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2010
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of straw and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of straw, malt, and alcohol, with an edge of acidity, that carries thru to a tart finish.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours an cloudy orange-brown with large head. Nose is of caramel, light yeast, some hops. Malty backbone and fairly hoppy for a barley wine. Alcohol and some astringence in the finsh. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Corked bottle and served in NB worthy glass: Pours a deep amber with a small but lasting frothy head, spotty lace and some oily legs. The aroma has notes of crystal/caramel, bready pale, and slight roast malts. Some apple, pear, and grape fruity esters along with a dash of white pepper and dank. The rye seems to come out after warming up and really adds nice depth. The taste is smooth hybrid of an American and an English Barley Wine... heavy malt profile but the rye and brash dank American hops really keeps this in harmony and balance. I like the combination of tropical and orchard fruits The rye overtones makes this beer IMO. Yes, it is still a bit hot and forward making me think it cellar worthy but alas I only bought one bottle. The mouth feel is brash, aggressive and pungent with an minerally background. A nice BW which I come about after these years is not my favorite style. I would buy again only to lay down for 3-5 years. phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
750 ml bottle via a trade I did a few years ago. Can’t remember who sent it- thanks, Southern California nice guy! Bottled 4 February 2010. I actually thought it was older by a year or so. Anyway, pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with some red-orange hue and a moderate off-white head. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, rye, dried fruits (raisin, fig), and a steady, warming booze throughout. The hops have pretty much died here due to my 3+ year cellaring of it. Medium-bodied, with a boozy, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonatoin. Nice barley wine. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Pours amber with a large creamy tan head and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is malt, hops, rye, spices, esthers, yeast, citrus, banana, a little earthiness. Flavor is alcoholic, malts, spices, esthers, yeasts, phenols, bitter grapefruit zest, hops, dough, rye. Alcohol is very apparent and distracting in this brew despite all the other good qualities that are displayed. Strange, alcopop barleywine. But not overly horrible if you can get past the booziness. I wish Superdave were here to chug the rest of this, but since he’s not here I go! PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle: Deep copper with a big fading light tan head. Dry yeast character in the aroma- almost like brett- some rustic charcter, bitter fruit skin tannins and a light malt sweetness giving off vanilla and fig. Quite fluffy on the palate. Feels like a Belgian yeast (wild). Spicy yeast character dries out the caramel malt and dark fruit (fig). Peppery on the back. An interesting, rustic Barley Wine.