jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the Gettysburg brewpub. Black with a tan, one-finger head. Deliciously roasted and alcoholic aroma, almost like a World Wide Stout. A lot of dark fruit in there, as well. The roastiness is in the flavor, too, where is does a good job of covering up the high alcohol percentage. Interesting take on the style, almost like a thin Imperial Stout. Points for greatness and thinking outside the glass.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at gettysburg: dark as a stout off the tap into a wine glass. aroma of deep roasted malt like a stout that really fills the nose. the flavor was kind of an interesting stout barley wine hybrid. Interesting and tastey, but it doesn’t make it the best example of a barly wine. I really did enjoy it however, so kuddos to ABC to be brave and stepping a little out of the style. Cheers
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased a growler from the Gettysburg location. Poured a dark dark dark brown with a red tint and a tan head. Aroma was of caramel malt (roasted) and a dark fruit (prune or date). Flavor was different it was like a mix of a stout and a barleywine Not bad at all.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special thanks to OldRaspy. From growler. Pours a super dark red, almost black with a tan head. I would have guessed an Imperial Stout. Nose has sweet caramel malts with some faint dark fruits and a little vinous. Flavor follows nose and has me wondering how they call this a barley wine. Very good none-the-less.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to OldRaspy for acquiring this growler from the Gettysburg location, and sharing with gputty and I. Pours VERY dark for a barley wine. Deep reddish brown, like a dark mahogany, with a medium brown head. Nose is fruity - prune and date, primarily. Flavor is odd, but good. Like a medium stout mixed with a BSA. Fruity notes, but a distinct maltiness. Really interesting and VERY drinkable. At almost 13%, well masked.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured the blackest body I’ve ever seen on a barleywine. Thick brownish head. Balance in the nose and flavor tend to lean toward the sweet malty side with some nice carmel flavors and a little subtle hop taste in the finish that disappears quickly. Not as thick as most bw but not bad for the commonly thin ABC brews.
kramer (5329) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub. Dark black pour with minimal light brown head. Maybe the darkest colored Barley Wine I’ve ever seen. Deep malty nose, lots of resiny hops and caramel, with accents of alcohol. Lots of roasted flavor and espresso bitterness. Sweet malty base balanced by resiny hops. Nice full bodied thick mouthfeel, slightly cloying with low to moderate carbonation. A well balanced Barley Wine in the malt to hop sense. Certainly one of the oddest I’ve had in a long time, very dark in color with lots of espresso and roast. Almost some kind of Imperial Stout/Barley Wine hybrid.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Cask at Appalachian Brewpub. Knockout fruity grapey sweet aroma. Coffee flavor; stouty. Dark black/brown bear. Lil tan head. Chocolate coffee & raisin spice. Served in a little sampler aperitif glass; perfect. Then I took home a whole growler of it, to be drank with one friend the next day; notes on that forthcoming; let’s see if it stands up on another tasting; in a bigger quantity!
Growler, both one day later, and three days later: Tastes just as good. Think it tastes even better when had with a wonderful stuffed chicken breast on the third day post pumping; the food awakens my palate to more flavor in this very nice barleywine.
Lubiere (10788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Deep red brown ale with a nice creamy moka head. Sweet caramel and raisin in aroma with good floral hops. Sweet caramel with too much intense hops, not much fruity raisin or dates, liek a BW style. Still, a pleasant offering, more like an old ale.
darsan (15) - South Central, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap. gettysburg. Best barley wine Ive had. wow.: soft, ruby body. brief tiny bubbles head,.nice lacing. Nose is lightly fruity, floral and sweet. some candy, ripe fruits as well as the alcohol Syrupy and intense. Front is sweet and fruity, followed by good grainy character. Smooth, soft and velvety. warm and inviting, big, full mouthfeel. Chocolate and woody notes well hidden alchohol