DocJitsu (2060) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy chestnut color. The off-white shaded head is quite small - not even a finger high - and doesn’t even retain itself well. It leaves a bit more lacing than I expected, though.
S: There seem to be a goodly amount of toasted malt notes, giving it a lush breadyness to it. Plenty of dark fruits lurk behind the malty goodness, and even a wisp of dark chocolate comes through occasionally. There are some tart and boozy touches. Some nice subtleties here - it isn’t just malts and a bit of fruit.
T: It starts with plenty of toasted malts. Dark fruit flavors enter the picture after the midtaste, with some alcohol appearing on the finish. Touches of leather, chocolate, and cherries also come through. The boozy nature isn’t just generic fusel nastiness, but it’s also well nuanced, well integrated, mellow, fruity, and a bit tart - just like it should be in a barleywine. Complexity isn’t forceful, rather it’s subtle and challenging yet rewarding all at the same time.
M: The body is full, but perhaps not quite as creamy as I’d enjoy. It’s quite well attenuated, giving it low finishing sweetness (for the style), but a noticeable booze presence and a tart bite. An 11% barleywine devoid of a significant hop presence shouldn’t be this drinkable. And yet this is.
O: Where did this come from? All I know about Duck-Rabbit is that they only brew dark beers - and that they struggle with infection problems. This, thankfully, isn’t infected, just damn tasty. One of the better non-barreled barleywines I’ve had in a while.
Pours a ruby-bourbon color with a healthy tan-beige head. Candied caramel and toffee with some modest fruitiness. Thick and smooth. Rich caramel, fruity flavors. Moderately sweet, but becomes dry quickly. beastiefan2k (4191) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2017
12oz bottle, recent release. I bought this expecting a lot but I got was a poorly made barleywine with many of the trappings for the style. Lots of high alcohol astringency with cherry. Its just what I hate in a barleywine. A few sips and dumped it. smaynard6000 (1268) - Apopka, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2017
Bottle. Pours a dark red color with small beige head. Strong caramel malt aroma with toffee notes. Some citrusy hop characteristics as well. Pretty balanced flavor, but definitely showcases the hoppiness of this beer. The malty sweetness comes through as well. Full bodied with mostly hop notes up front and some sweetness in the finish. Very nice. drpimento (3815) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2017
I was expecting a lot more out of this one. Aroma is fruit caramel and Sullivan’s. Flavor’s like nose, bittersweet, with a lingering bitter, boozy finish. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Where and how: bottle 355 ml, - tasting
glennmastrange (2942) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Aroma: orange, peach and mango citrus like combination of fruity sugars with mild smooth alcohol heat.7+
Top: almost flat white fizz.
Base: hazy, cloudy amber bottom.
Palate : medium bodied, fizzy with average length.
Taste: smooth well rounded barley wine. Raspberry sugars with smooth refined alcohol. Solid sipper. Classic vibe of this style.
Bottle. Moderate to heavy roasted, caramel for the malt, light cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with notes of tobacco, sherry, bourbon, and charred wood. Head is large, frothy turning creamy, beige with excellent lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is clear copper. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and moderately acidic, then the long finish is lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy, with a soft carbonation, a heavily astringent and drying finish with a little stickiness on the lips. The pronounced bitterness at the end may not be true to style for a Barley Wine but it balances this beer nicely mcberko (19871) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle from 2006-2010. 12 oz. bottle, pours a hazy dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is oxidized, with bready malt, toasted caramel and light sweetness. Flavour has quite a lot of alcohol, with caramel and dark fruits. Fairly oxidized, but not too intrusively so. Decent for such an old beer. solidfunk (9734) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Caramelized malt and mash. Brown pour with decent head. Sweet and boozy finish. Good for style. Bottle. S_Side_Smitty (802) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Pours red-amber and clear (?) with a medium light tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet (maybe some mild molasses) with a fermented grain aroma. Taste, unlike aroma, is interesting with syrupy sweetfeed like grains up front followed by some hoppy tropical fruits that kinda dance around with the grains. That’s followed by an insidious bitterness that creeps in for the finish. American style for sure, but not what I would expect from a barley wine even if it is American style. The flavors just aren’t deep enough, but the alcohol is hidden well. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle. Color was an auburn amber with only a wisp of head. Aroma of ripe roten fruit, caramel, earth and bacon. Malty, with some mild piney hops in finish. Lingers. Alcohol hidden. Fairly mild overall