jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a big retaining rich tan head and deep red color. Aroma is sweet alcohol-medium/dark malt, medium fruit-plum. Taste is oak, spicy, bitterness, sweet alcohol-medium/dark malt, medium fruit-plum. Medium body. Interesting.
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Hamilton’s. Pours a gorgeous clear amber with long lasting tan head and sheet lacing. The aroma is a bit mild with highly roasted malts and faint fruity esters. It smells mildly barleywine like. The taste is roasty and hoppy, wow. Highly roasted malts, some crystal malts (90L maybe), Special B, a hint of chocolate and an abundance of pine hops. The hops aren’t too bitter though. They are either including some late addition hops or the malt bill is so strong it pushes over the hop bitterness. This is really a big load of malts and lacks some of the dark fruity esters and kettle caramelization of the style I’m used to. Seems more like it might be an American Strong.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
PP Strong Ale fest. Deep orange and copper in color with a nice off white fluffy head. Malty toffee bready aroma. Earthy hoppy toffee caramel flavor. Figs, raisins, dates and oak notes. Medium bodied. Finish is roasty. Very drinkable. Enjoyable.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Live Wire. I love Ballast Point, and I love Barley Wines, but this one just did not work for me. The pour was beautiful, but this is very malty, with some smoke and oak in the mix. Probably resembles a European barley wine, rather than the American hoppy BW’s im used to. Good, but not what im used to.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ O’Briens. Cloudy brown with a short tan head. Dank, oaky, caramel, earthy malt aroma with a fair amount of grapefruit and pine tar. Excellent taste that seems to swirl resin, dates, figs, caramel, oak, and alcohol in your mouth. There is a constant earth overtone that stays with you throughout that is very nice.
alexanderj (3429) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Hamilton’s. Was really dark in color for the style Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malt. Flavor was heavy on the roasted side with the above mentioned flavors. Alcohol was well hidden, not really detectable.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Hamilton’s. Dark brown color, almost black. Aroma is mild grapefruit, citrus, and roasted malt. Flavor has a lot of roasted malt, coffee, and some malt bitterness. Alexanderj thought 3.5ish.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ O’Brien’s San Diego. Beer poured a deep rusty amber color with a thin, off white head. Nose of dried dark fruits like Raisen, pruns, dates? Alcohol was present but, not overwhelming. A good bite on the finish.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 PP SAF (cask): Coppery hue with a fading head and some lace. The aroma has notes of toffee, caramel, bready malting, some herbal and resiny hops, pepper, apricot, pear, wood, boozy. The taste is quite sticky sweet at first but some resiny bitterness and the alcohol cleanse the palate. Fruity and woody notes follow. With the exception of the bitterness this comes off a lot like a English Styled BW. The mouth feel is sticky and oily, warming and biting. Good but wanted more.
hapjydeuce (983) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 07. Deep orange-brass color with a minimal tan head that settles into nice lacing. I was pretty damn sauced up by the time I got around to this one, so Im going on scribbled handwriting and hazed notions of what I thought about this one. I remember being upset about the incredible booziness of this barleywine; citrus, light caramel and pine notes with light fruits comprise the flavors. Finishes very hot, nearly overwhelming, the alcohol content needs to be tamed here. Whatever, ya know?