zizzybalubba (1882) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Muddy orange pour with a beautiful creamy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit rind and tangerines. Juicy pineapple and grapefruit balanced with brown sugar and toffee. More juicy than sweet and possibly leans more toward being a DIPA than a barley wine. Moderate alcohol warming as to be expected at this ABV. An outstanding effort. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a lightly hazed, orange-amber colored body with a thin, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a veil of lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet pines with a citrus blend, cherry fruit cocktail, and rich caramels. Definitely a distinct English hop spice to this. A touch of bread and florals too. Flavor is nice. Lots of fruity caramels with pineapple, oranges, and more cherry fruit cocktail. An even English hopping throughout with a nice earthy spice and pine thrown in too. Solid caramel backing with some bready toffees. A hint of sherry comes out in the finish as this dries with a medium bitterness and a light resin. Lots of lingering fruity caramels and English pines for a fairly lengthy duration. Medium-full, smooth body with a light, soft carbonation. Overall, a very easy drinking barleywine with no hint of alcohol. Fruity with a solid hop presence and sturdy malt backing. I liked this one a lot. tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Draft at FFF. Pours a reddish brown with a slim tan head. The nose is bready and herbal. Malt really presents itself with the flavor. A bit on the thin side. Tasty but not awe inspiring. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Amber pour with an off whitehead. Nose of citrus caramel malt dough and pine. Sweet caramel and toffee malts with a citrus bitterness. Lightly sweet finish. Not a bad interpretation of an English barleywine, but of course more hopped than a true English barleywine - but hey i’m not complaining. Solid 7/4/7/4/15
SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 24, 2010
tap at brewpub. pours a clear copper with barely any head. aroma of brown sugar, brandy and booze fill the nostrils. taste of grain alcohol, doughy medicinal caramel, and cane sugar. a big, warming flavorful barley wine. good in small doses, but too hot to pound.
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Copper colored at most medium bodied english barley wine with a thin white head. Aromas of dried apricots, hops, and apple juice. Flavors of hops, purple grapes, tartness, a lilttle booze and ending dry sweet. Atom (2558) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2010
On tap at brewery pours amber/copper in color with small bubbly white head. Aroma is crisp citrus with slight caramel. Taste is similar to aroma with a spicy tobacco bitterness. Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at GTMW 2010
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2010
On such a hot day I was hoping to get a sample of the mild ale. In a pinch this was a solid backup. Possessing the typical overhopped traits of a Three Floyds beer it comes out on the offensive and never lets up. Reaffirming that they are still on top of their game this is the sort of beer that more brewers should be working to release rather than yet another safe boring pale or amber.
Aroma / Appearance - Carbonated foamy chunks of white head look like melting vanilla ice cream atop the sherry brown base. Semi-transparent and murky it is hard to see through even in direct sunlight. Resin, caramel, cedar, and malts offset the hop intensity nicely. Overall it has a bite which does not overwhelm the rest of the experience.
Flavor / Palate - Caramel, molasses, a wave of hoppiness, and then grapefruit parade across the tongue in succession. The resulting mouthfeel is creamy and a bit heavy for a warm day. However the texture is chewy enough that I was able to take some time to savor it rather than feeling rushed to make it to the next tent. An all around excellent barleywine I suspect that if this is bottled I may have to pick up some if I see it on the shelves.
This poured a orange with a small white head,flavors of malts ,spice and fruits with a bitter finish.This had a nice hop kick to it in FFF style.CHEERS!
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Draft at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Pours a rosy coppe, well hazed, glowing brighr red with decent frothy offwhite head that laces well, dies to a film. Pretty but a dying head. Aromas are deadened, caramel and toffee pair with deadened floral hops, dry toffee and biscuits, a touch of spiciness. Fuller bodied beer with thicker sweet toffee, caramel, biscuits, a touch of vanilla. Sweeter malts with a light spicy pepper move into it. Soapy qualities, sweeter malts, decent floral and spicy hops with a touch of grass. Thicker bodied, sweet and silky with sweet malts, decent floral and lightly spiced hopping. A faint cocoa, caramel, toffee. Simple yet well balanced with decent hopping, sweet strong malts, sturdy body and balanced with a sweet slant, floral grassy hops. That slight touch of spice really wins me over