arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured this 2006 bottle into a snifter and was amazed at the color. Ok, maybe not amazed but definitely surprised. It is a dark ruby red and I am used to barleywines being more orange and lighter in color. I guess that shows how much experience I have with barleywines The head was about a 1/2 inch thick and hangs around as it diminishes. The smell is sweet, luscious and inviting with just a hint of alcohol. The flavor is a little subdued and doesn’t do the smell justice. The mouth-feel is nice and I can’t taste or feel the alcohol in my mouth. I had a 2005 about six months ago and I swear it wasn’t this color. This is a pretty decent barleywine and very drinkable but not my favorite. I’ll put the remaining three down in the cellar and check back next year to see if this has improved.
-update 11/05/07 this was almost black in appearance, did it get darker with age? Smells like perfumey hops with a little candy sweetness and chocolate showing up. Tastes like strong barleywine and astringent in the mouth but still has a fullness in the mouth. Still pretty tasty but not something I will be building verticals of. I’ll check back on the lone bottle sometime next year.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-16-2007 01:26:22
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This takes me back to the amount one uses for rating. Had it the other day at a tasting and thought it was "just good". This time I had an entire bottle (12 oz.) and really, really enjoyed it. From the same friend and trip, so I imagine it is the same age. Bottle has four years written on one edge, but I couldn't detect a marking that idicated which year - ?? Not that it matters other than thinking at the tasting it was more hop dominate and this time that it was just fabulous in being so rich and ful and malty and NOT too sweet or excesively hoppy. Okay, if it DID have just a teensy bit more bitterness I sure wouldn't complain, but don't want to suggest messing with what I like. Balanced to my liking. Loads of rich dark fruit. Could drink this one until I pass out, which at 11.25% doesn't seem all that hard.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber, dark, small head. Lots of malts, hops, lots of everything! Somewhat sparkly but a little bit bland flavor. Wet cardboard flavor. Thin on the mouthfeel, a bit disappointing in the finish.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Bottled. Amber and headless. Aroma is sweet caramel and sticky hop sweetness. Flavor is similar with richer malt presence and booze awesome and everywhere with also great sticky bitter hop presence.
waolsen (1333) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap. Amber coloring with frothy creamy egg colored head. Oak barrel, port scent. Very smooth taste port, oak, hops. I picked up some orange. Bitter bite with dry aftertaste. Nice beer.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 This a barleywine that I could drink a few of, but is too sweet and characterless to drink many of. Most barleywines are too sweet for me, but I can drink them because of the hops or a distinctive flavor of the malts. This one is fig type sweet, but not that distinctive. I like it, I think it will age well, but for now, its a pretty good barleywine. Thanks go to Crosling for this one.
Errl (1253) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle from wchesser..Pour is very dark ruby red..with a thin cream head with some nice fingers..Nose is sweet brown sugar,caramel,fig,toffee,bready..Taste is caramel, spices, sweet sugar,plum,fig,butterscotch..palate is dry
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle dated 2005. Hazy orange/amber color with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and citrus hops. Flavor was mildly sweet with lots of caramel malt and a bitter hop finish. Alcohol started to really come on as the beer warmed.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to BeerandBlues2. Hazy orange color with a solid white head. The aroma was very sweet, and you definitely could tell the alcohol was there. The taste was heavy--plenty of malts, and some definite syrupy fruit tastes (like the syrup from a can of peaches or something). This one was too syrupy and heavy handed for my liking.
Beaver (1198) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, dated 2007. Pours a murky brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.
The aroma is sweet caramel, dark fruits, molasses, melon, pine, and some spicy alcohol.
The flavor is surprisingly subdued - sweet cola and vanilla with some bitter burnt medicinal alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is is fairly full with a washed out watery texture.
Overall, it’s not bad, but the lack of flavor and watery texture was disappointing.