BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
August mahogany color and crisp head that thins toward the center. Modest bouquet of cherry and apricot. Flavor of apricot with a some dryness on the finish. Hops have mellowed out of the background, leaving a nice medley of malts on the palate. Enjoyable sweetness, but not cloying. Only a trace of bitterness, and it works best that way. Perhaps a touch of candied pineapple.
DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
18-Jan-08 (Draft: 2008 Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK) Very aromatic nose of rich, sweet, caramely malts and background sherry that indicates possibly aging. Mimicking the aroma, the flavor is prototypical for a big, delicious barley wine: the malt is sweet and caramely in the foreground and is backed by a strong fruitiness and mild hop bitterness for a bit of balance in the finish. Full-bodied, gently carbonated and smooth on the palate, but not cloying. Dark amber to light brown in color and hazy. The tall, tan head holds a wide, bubbly ring and filmy layer. This is really excellent. If there weren’t a lot more beers to try at this festival, I’d go back for seconds!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 Vintage - Hazy amber appearance, with a fluffy creamy head. Served slightly too cold to pick up major aromatic notes. Sweet bready cereal malts. A definite malty presence and barely detectable hop presence. Candi sugar, cotton candy sweetness, and a very sweet hoppy aftertaste that lingers very long on the palate.
bitbucket (2155) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours slightly hazy dark amber with an off-white ring of foam. Peach and pine aroma. Full body. Chewy taste of caramel and butterscotch. Dry pine and citrus finish.
luttonm (2049) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Uber Tavern in Seattle. 2010 version. Rich red-copper, good foam and some lacing. Rich alcohol, sticky dark fruit. Raspberry, red apple. Good depth. Soft resonant hops. Nice barleywine, glad I finally got to try this.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Uber. Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and malt. Taste is maple syrup, brown sugar, malt, and light alcohol. Very sticky mouthfeel.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky red amber with a little head. SPicy and bitter sweet. Hop profile ranges from hints of soap to tons of bitter citrus and pine. Thick but not cloying.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 vintage at the HardLiver BW fest. A decent sized tan head sits atop of this medium amber colored Barlewine. Fairly clear, medium bodied. Alcohol is restrained and malt seems to dominate the flavor/aroma. Some bits of floral hop in the nose. Fairly tasty.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
snifter @ beverage place barleywine bacchanal - 06 vintage and 07 vintage side by side; very different in appearance with the 06 much lighter than the 07; 06 was more clear with slight white head with the 07 more hazing and long lasting head; aromas on both were similar with fruits, alcohol and some musky-ness to them; the 07 was much more a delight to drink but kind of curious how the two could be so different
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at brouwer’s for hard liver 2010. smooth with dark sugar tastes and a vanilla undertone