bytemesis (8411) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2017 Shot (533) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle. Pours a cloudy golden red with a thin but creamy head. Aromas are delicious caramel malt and citrus hops. Flavors are caramel malt, butterscotch, dried apricot, and biscuit. Big, boozy finish with floral hop bite. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel. This is a massive, huge, bold barley wine. Lovely. This one is a keeper.
Bottle. Pours clear hazel, medium beige head, dissipates fairly quickly with decent residual and lacing. Aroma is malty, dark sugars and pine. Flavor is medium sweet, and pretty bitter. Medium body. A bit of a smack to the head, but solid drfabulous (7945) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Light to muddy brown. Some caramel and booze and hops. Light spice. mcberko (17843) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2016
On tap at The Ginger Man, pours a hazy copper amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out a huge caramel malt and dark fruit component, with underlying resinous hops. Flavour is big and boozy, with lots of caramel malt, dark fruits and resinous hops. Very warming, bordering on too boozy but not quite. I really like this brutal over-the-top one. Not refined but very enjoyable. hayduke (5209) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the sample glass was mahogany with and off-white head. Hose of rich malts and some fruit. Medium plus body. Flavor is rich caramel malts, dark ripe fruit and citrus. Finishes a bit boozy and rough. Seems to need more aging but otherwise OK. ganache (5903) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle. Nose is big, dense malt -- rich caramel and earth, a little sugar, hint of fruit in the background, much more meat and melanoidin up front. Pour is a dark amber -- starting golden in the stream and up top, much closer to ruby at the bottom, with a cloudy haze throughout; heady is lightly leggy and a rocky beige. Taste is big and bold -- big malt, alcohol, sugar, sweetness, and medium-strong bitterness which isn’t enough to balance. Hops are there but trampled upon somewhat. With volume only the sugar remains; the malt thins but reveals more of its pale caramel and hearty earth. Not nearly as much fruit as expected, but my lips are still sticky. Fat body and a chewy sipper, enjoyed the bottle and the booze is clean and controlled, but ultimately flabby and a step away from this brewery’s real strengths. [2016.08.21: 3.3]
ryanscourt (1475) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2016
MAlty and boozy. English style hops with predominatly floral flavor and aroma. Fairly smooth. jsporrer (1028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Pours an opaque copper brown iced tea color with a thin off white head. Light carbonation with plenty of lacing. Sweet aroma of toffee, caramel, and candy corn. Medium body, slightly thick and syrupy. Smooth full mouth feel with just a hint of bitterness and light dryness. Hides the alcohol well and isn’t overly sweet. Very enjoyable. Gluepot (640) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2016
A low, fluffy light tan head on a rich deep gold body. The nose features brown sugar, apricots, a touch of booze and a vegetal note. The taste profile leads with a deep fruity hoppiness, some fruit rind and toffee. Lots of fresh hops here mark it as a definite American BW. The underlying malt is biscuity and the finish is relatively clean. Medium to light density for a BW, but that is not a bad thing. Really nice. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2016
12 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.
Appearance: Pours a medium-to-dark brown body, somewhat murky in appearance, with a very slim, off-white head. Modest lacing.
Smell: Bernese is big on the toast (bread and grains, maybe grainy breads), as well as bold on the sweet-smelling caramel and toffee. Studded with fragrant dried orange peel and raisins. Splashed lovingly with alcohol.
Taste: A big boatload of caramel and heavily toasted breads and grains with a thin, thin edge of roastiness. Splash of toffee liqueur for a bit of belly-warming heat turns to fruity touches of macerated raisins as well as some tangy, bitterish orange rind backed by lightly resiny, leafy hops with moderate bitterness aided by the booze. Fairly warming, caramelly, sweetish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: While not the tightest, best BW around and a little rough around the edges, it’s still big, sweet, warming and plenty malty. Pretty good.
RocknSkol (15) - - APR 4, 2016
Great Barleywine! Deep, luscious, complex flavors with a sweet / bitter balance that is spot on.