I was privileged enough to make it down to the tapping of the 2012 Collaboration Barleywine at Rock Bottom Brewery ( https://www.hoperatives.com/?p=9957 ) and just wanted to share a few quick tasting notes I jotted down in between all of the great beer conversations I was having with the local brewers.
The appearance is ruby red with a light tan head. It has a strong hop nose with floral and citrus components.
There is a lot of ripe citrus flavor up front followed by some caramel and dark sugar. It’s slightly warming and you can tell the alcohol is high but the malt and strong hop flavors mask it nicely.
It’s not what I would normally think of when I hear the term Barleywine (I think I heard the term Barley IPA thrown out) but a great beer none the less. Take these notes with a grain of salt because it was a pretty green beer and could probably use a little age on it. When the hops mellow just a bit this will be a really excellent beer. I can’t wait to try it again.