RocknSkol (15) - - APR 4, 2016
Great Barleywine! Deep, luscious, complex flavors with a sweet / bitter balance that is spot on. daveshawley (27) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours a nice dull apricot color with about a finger’s worth of dense light beige head. The head settles down to a very thin ring quickly. Aroma is a nice barleywine - caramel with some sweet citrus, a little vinous, with a hint of alcohol. Once it settles down, there is a steady flow of thin bubbles continuously rising from the bottom of my snifter with a nice bit of lacing left behind on the sides. This one has all of the complexity that one would expect from a good barley wine. A little sweetness at first followed by a nice salty sourness that spreads over the tongue. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and slick, not nearly as viscous as I was expecting. There is a surprising level of carbonation that finishes with a nice bitterness around the edges of the tongue and a subtle alcohol heat. Doesn’t taste nearly as hot as the 10.5-11% that it is listed as.
Overall, I am more than glad to have purchased a whole case of this. Some of it is going to sit along with the few bottles of Blasphemy and Oak Horizontal that I have steeled away. Shot (537) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2014
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. superspak (5602) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, summer 2013 bottling. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of raisin, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, orange zest, orange rind, tangerine, grapefruit, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, pine, biscuit, and toasted/floral earthiness. Moderate amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, citrus zest, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, and moderate pine on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine style! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. Dogbrick (13019) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2013
On draught at Bodega. The beer is a slightly hazy copper color with a medium thick foamy light beige head that diminishes slowly. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of malt, caramel and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, earthy hops and dark fruit. The finish is sticky with a robust malty aftertaste. Good Barley Wine all around.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2013
12 oz bottle, Anderson’s, $12.49/4. Deep, murky copper-orange; frothy white head dissipates into a thin covering. Aroma sweet, caramel, bread, fig. Flavor is a bit nondescript but quite sweet, malty, with a solid hop finish that isn’t at all overpowering. Thick, sticky, yet just about crisp. Nothing jumps out about this, but I still really enjoyed it. At just over $3 a bottle this is a solid high-gravity barleywine with nothing offensive and nothing mind-blowing. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear amber with a small white head. The aroma has thick caramel, some vanilla, light hops. The taste has a big hoppiness and a nice caramel balance.. Plenty of bitterness. A delicious beer. mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Clear brown pour with a small quickly fading white head. Nice rich caramel aroma with notes of sweet fruit. Super well rounded and tight. Flavors were in line with loads of caramel, candied figs and a touch of bread. Plus mouthfeel with light carbonation. Really enjoyed this one, a true stand up BW. 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. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Keg is labeled 10.5%. Pours a half hazy dark brown red color. "Sangria", as Color Grab describes it. Thin off-white head. Leaves plenty, thicker lace. This stuff is surprisingly hopppy! Drinks close to a double IPA, with a big sturdy english-style malt backbone. Big earthy hop character, toasty malt. Bigger bitterness, much less sweet than expected. Very light alcohol warmth in the end, it’s pleasant. Bigger body, lightly slick. Smooth, lighter, lightly soft, almost creamy carbonation. Drying in the finish. This is a delicious, hoppy barley wine. Way less of the tropical fruity sweet maltiness that is often way overdone in barley wine (though a bit is there... would probably come out more as this ages). Much better than expected. Probably very fresh, I think (date not labeled on the keg).