GG (2064) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
NorCal tasting Feb 07 - This was a very tasty barleywine and something I can work with after a couple disasters from Ballast Point. A sweet, sweet nose with caramel being the biggest aroma. Underneath the carmael was a little brown sugar, some earth and even a little hops. Appearance was beautifully clear, with a maple syrup/deep dark golden color with a minimal head. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but nothing major. Flavors were caramel, toffee, dark fruits. Everything was really nicely balanced.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Valley Brew tasting Feb 2007 - Aroma and flavor are sweet caramel with sharp piney hops. Palate is sweet and tart. Not too complex but still very tasty. Probably suffering from palate fatigue at this point. I would like to try it again.
IrishBoy (3855) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Bistroís First Barrel-aged Beer Fest; 5 months old 8weeks in the wood for 8 weeks; Nose of caramel and dark fruit; red with a small pink-tinged head; flavor of caramel, alcohol and grapy fruitiness.
jazz88 (2558) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado 2005 barley wine festival. Dark cherry color with a big foamy tan head. Smooth with plenty of cherry in the flavor. Finishes dry.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ the homebrew store - This version was 9%. Deep coppery orange, creamy off white head. Nose held rich notes of sweet caramel, pine, and earth, with touches of brown sugar within. Well balanced flavors of all the above from start to finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Good stuff...
Bartzilla (534) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You should have seen me the night I drank a whole growler of this stuff. I could have used a skid lid for my dome that night. Anyway, this is exceptional barley wine that actually tastes better if you donít age it. I donít like my barley wine too sweet and if you get this stuff when itís new, you get barley wine backed with a superb hop backbone. They donít fill the growler with this anymore, which will ultimately play a big part in saving my life.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at BOP - early Dec 05 tasting. 1 year old vintage. Cherry-wood brown and somewhat hazy. Very rich toffee carmel malt aromas and some citrusy hop notes and some fruits. Rich carmel malt flavors, sweet toffee, more fruits - specifically notes of raisins, and a touch of of citrus hops. Touch earthy.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Draft @ Ballast Pt. This was just the 1 yr. old: Hazy dark amber with a reddish hue. Medium cream colored head. Hop aroma of citrus and pine comes out first. then malty toffee and nut underneath. Some fruitness. big malty flavor. Caramel with some raisins. Hop flavors come through. Nice warmth.
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: 3 Year blend (00,02,04 I believe) big malt and hops very smooth and a great balance.8/4/7/4/16
10th Annual SD Strong Ale Fest: 10 Year Blend Third time trying and third different blend this time was a blend using some as old as 10 years. Poured a highly hazed ruby amber color with a creamy beige head. Big aroma that was full of sweet fruity malt. Big citrus and piney hop. Nice caramel base. Malty and fruity flavor with a big piney hop flavor and finish. Semi-dry finish. Full bodied. The best version for sure.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sprucey, resiny, pine orange hops in the nose. Clear golden coloured body with a fine bubbled white head that recedes to lasting cover. Fruity esters are notable beneath resiny, green, strong, pine-like, orange bitterness. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Definitely West coast, this seems like a cross between and I2PA and a BW. Sampled at GABF 2005.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted this last night on tap at Pizza Portís strong ale fest in carlesbad. Poured with a big frothy head, somewhat unusual for a barleywine. Color was red/amber and quite pretty. Flavor profile reminded me of Green Flashís 2nd anniversary barleywine (one of my favorites) but without quite as many roasty notes. Quite good.