FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Auburn caramel color, medium sized foamy off white head. Sweet malt intermingles with heavy pine and citrus hop aroma. Heavy malt presence followed by resinous and piney hop characters. Finish has some woody flavors and a slight medicinal quality. Mouthfeel is fairly chewy, but uncommonly smooth for the style.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy brown/amber hue with a bubbly head. Aromas of flowers and a nice bitterness. Flavors of old hops, citrus, a little copper, some butteryness with a light bitter finish.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 On tap@O’Brien’s: Dark amber brown with a small (bar pour) light tan head. Aroma is light and sweet with dark fruit. Flavor starts malty and sweet with a little burnt caramel and some citrus finishing lightly orange rind bitter. Smooth light palate.
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Vinous plum and pear-like aroma with some noticeable piney hops. Transparent copper color with a yellowish head. Mildly bitter to start finishing sweet and hoppy at the end. I personally like a lot more of the vinous fruitiness in my barleywines. Alcohol hidden well, though.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the "Twisted Stick", one of iceman’s favorite dive bars. Had this one for his going away party.
This is a very easy to drink barleywine, Malty & sweet up front, but not too heavy, it was slightly tangy on the finish. Very nice.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
YAY!!!!!!!! vthis was was hot. easy to drinmk..... and the only beer i will get street cred for lol
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/19/05. On tap at Toronado Barleywine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/19/05. Glossy clear, dark red-orange amber. Very good appearance with a lingering tan head. Good lacing that sticks lightly and a tidal wave of fast reverse lacing. Nose is very freshly hoppy, almost green, and nicley balanced to a red-amber "Hop Whompus"-like hop medley and malt tickle. Sweet and inviting with floral nectar richness. Too much carbonation foam feeling, not much flavor. Plain brittle bitterness and low malt backing. Very dry finish that picks up some of the slack, brightly bitter with a little grass and some dead leaves. Very disappointing after a promising start.
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
02.19.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Deep garnet color with little head, but this sample sat on the table for a while before I got to it. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, dried figs, citrus pithiness, alcohol on nose. Flavors are sweet and malt heavy up front, a bit of nutmeg and a punch of clove. Money balance. I dig this stuff. Finish loses luster as it fades to a more light and hoppy IIPA, missing some lingering malt stickiness.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This barley wine pours with a deep reddish-brown body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing. Slighlty sweet and malty with nice fruity notes, some caramel and a nice hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh batch on draft at the brewery. Pours clear dark amber with a creamy yellow-beige head that lingered well and left nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and citrus / piney hops - according to the guy behind the bar, a combination of Chinook, Cluster, Centennial and dry hopped with Cascades. Flavor is very sweet and fruity, yet balanced with a big hop presence - orange and grapefruit with a noticible alcohol bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and spritely carbonated. This is still a young barleywine - though it could also classify as a hoppy american strong - and sure to change and mellow as it ages.