drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly sraight-forward barley wine (the sticky/sweet/alchohol variety). Big chewy body yields sticky molasses, definitive woodiness, and the light burn of alchohol. Very flat beer - as is typical of the style. There is a toasted malt underlying everything here, giving the flavor a more defined shape.
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
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy bright amber. Thick, malty aroma with light peachy notes in a classic pale barley wine aroma. Strong alcohol and massive malt. Young but balanced - certainly more so than my first sample of this back in January, which was basically malt syrup. Warming, peachy. Looks like this will continue to improve for a year or two.
bitbucket (2144) - 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.
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at brewpub in March 2006. Pours a hazy amber with a sweet, syrupy and malty aroma. Flavors are similar to the aroma. There is some hints of butterscotch and citrus. The malt is nicely balanced. Good traditional barleywine and very drinkable.
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.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught 05’ vintage @ Brouwer’s Café during Hard Liver 2006: Dirty caramel, moderate to large foamy head, very nice lacing. Nose of alcohol, slight hop, otherwise fairly non-descript. Fairly heavy citrus rind on the tongue, low malt profile, with alcohol not being as strong as suggested by the nose. Does trailer off with a bit of alcohol heat tho. Moderate body and mouthfeel. Finish is fairly hot... alcohol seems to have become too apparent at this stage.   Simmer down naw!
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet barley, rice, red licorice aroma. Brown in color. Barley in the flavor and besides that it is just sweet and syrupy. The only beer I had that was not watery.