Bill Becker (1807) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 26, 2017 FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle- poured a wonderful pumpkin orange with a light head. Aroma took me a few moments to classify, but definitely favored melon and dates. Taste was distinctly cantaloupe, (I couldn’t make that up), raisin and date, almost cloyingly sweet. the palate was thick and syrupy. A nice diversion, but almost too sweet.
From Aug 2007
I got this one in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks again, John!
It pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy orange-brown with a very small head of foam that shrinks to a few small islands near the center of the glass and there's no lacing to speak of.
The smell is a strong dose of caramel malt and some hop bitterness.
The taste has a good malty flavour...the caramel is big and in your face. I can taste some bittering in the background and it cuts the sweetness a bit but the malt sweetness is *still* king here and I can't deny that it isn't tasty.
A few more sips in and I'm starting to notice the alcohol both in the taste and in the swallow. Very warming indeed. Maybe this is too fresh a bottle(no dates on label or bottle) and it needs some aging but whatever, I opened it and I'm going to finish it, even if it takes me all day. ;^) Oh and don't get me wrong, this is far from a drain pour, it's just not at the stage where I want a BWSA to be. Same thing happened with the most recent Bigfoot that I now have tucked away..
Bottom line: This one has potential to be a really good BWSA. From what I sampled, it's just a tad too "hot". rdixon77 (3032) - Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Bruiser batleywine. Big malt sweetness with dark fruit and some Belgiany bubblegum aspect. Boozy burn. Does the trick. EvanFriend (633) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2017
Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, a hint of bubblegum. Taste is mostly caramel, some dried fruit notes, alcoholic warmth at the end. Good beer. higgsbison (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
This barleywine is brewed in the European style, malty rather than hoppy. Very rich and caramely with Notes of dark fruits. very low carbonation. Seemed to mellow as it approached room temperature
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone lkowalkowski (503) - POLAND - JUL 26, 2017
Ladna barwa, taki ciemny bursztyn lub mocna herbata. Piana szybko znika. W smaku ciemne owoce, wyrazna slodycz karmelowa. Troche jak w Quardupel. W smaku gladkie, dobrze ulozone, oleiste, alkohol dobrze ukryty. Przyjemnie sie pije.
Niko100 (2994) - Chicago, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Hazy amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, & rich fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, hops, dark fruit, and spice; Warm finish; Dangerously drinkable - I enjoyed it. ippopotamo36 (2538) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 29, 2017
Tap at 4:20, Rome-Italy. Dark and cloudy amber with chestnut skin highlights, regular and tick off-white foam. Nose: dates, under spirit cherries, red fruit. Mouth: caramel, ripoedvred fruit, alcohol is quite there. Clean and rich on the cherry side. Bebum (1085) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Crystal clear copper color, fine bubbles creating a lasting, tall head.
Very heavy body, well covered by lots of flavor, extreme heat but low carbonation, lingering palate with a candy finish.
Intensely bittersweet, very well balanced not only by bitterness but for a sharp acidity snd alcohol.
Hops and malt fight for predominance but neither wins, we do. Caramel, blood orange pith, herbal.
Fulfills all expectations for an American barley wine.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone tekstr1der (501) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Hazy dark brown pour with just a tan ring on top. Aroma tells me I’ll enjoy - cooked sugar, dark fruits, and a hint of booze. Flavor follow similarly but more intense all around, very sweet from start to aftertaste and boozy with some woodiness in the finish. A little less alcohol burn and more dark fruit flavors would have ramped this up considerably. Still a very solid offering for the style. I’ll have it again for sure. zoucrew102 (2106) - - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle, thanks Christina! Dark fruit aroma with notes of caramel and a bit of booze. Pours dark caramel colored with a nearly nonexistent off white head that has poor retention and lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit flavors of dates, figs and raisins with a full body and luscious mouthfeel. Finishes very smooth with some caramel malt and a hint of booze. Really nice barleywine.