doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Thanks to Elite_Digger for this one. Pours a clear brown color with red highlights, thin light brown head that fades quickly. Smells malty sweet and caramelly. There is a hop spiciness in the background. Tastes malty sweet up front and hop spicy on the finish. The malt flavors are caramelly, with brown sugar and toffee. The hops are acidic and spicy. There is a lingering alcohol burn on the finish. Full bodied, thick and syrupy. Carbonation is active.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good looking beer. It pours a clear, deep garnet body topped by a sustained, creamy beige head. It smells off toffee, a touch of butterscotch, pale grapes, earthy herbs, and a hint of citric bitterness. Warm and peppery on the tongue. The alcohol comes forward in the flavor, but it blends smoothly with tastes reflective of the nose as well as the addition of a hard nut bitterness. It finishes on a lightly bitter note with a low alcohol burn. Nicely done!
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jasonm (22) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nearly exceptional looking beer. A nice deep rich amber color with surprisingly good clarity given the decent amount of sediment in suspension. It’s topped with 2 inches of sandy colored meringue. The aroma is sweet, starting off with the warm smell of melted sweet butter and warm cherry pie filling. Caramel toffee and a faint bit of musty earthiness back things up. Bold, assertive, malty barleywine goodness in the beginning as aramel and chocolate kick things off. However this is definitely American style as the hops jump in to add notes of spicy citrus and pine needles. Finish is mostly dry, with some roasted coffee and herbal tea bitterness but with a slight zing of alcohol. Chewy body, good slickness, delicate carbonation and a dry finish with a touch of fire. A very well crafted beer and one of the best American style barleywines Ive had the pleasure of trying. I found it almost too drinkable for 10%.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very cloudy ruby brown color with lively carbonation and some lacing. Aroma is grapes, raisons, toffee and just a hint of caramel. Flavor is a sweet and fruity explosion on the tongue. Tingly sticky mouthfeel. Nice long fruity finish. Really one of the better barleywines I have had in quite some time.
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big, rich, biting, stinky crystal malt nose, with sharp hoppy caramel and chewy, cherry flavored woody malts. Flavor is big and forward with more cherry wood and oxidized cardboard malt notes, and a sweet tobacco and dog food character. Reminds me of East End Gratitude. A good beer, certainly, but a little overboard on the harsh crystal malt.
argo0 (12120) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, thanks mj) Quickly dissipating small beige head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, herbal, some grapefruit, faint Brandy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, herbal, some grapefruit, light alcohol burn. Medium-full body.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks CaptainCougar. Pours a murky burgundy with medium white head stays stays and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is fruity, toffee, raisens, berries, fruity and sweet. Flavor is sweet and sugary, lots of raisens, toffee, and a touch of chocolate in the aftertaste. Thick and chewy with medium carbonation. Lots of caramel sweetness as it warms and a big floral hop bitterness. Lots of flavor and a big chewy punch. Pretty good but nothing over the top.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber. Aroma is pine, prunes, toffee, and malt. Taste is toffee, prunes, syrup, piney hops, and a bit of oak. A very well-balanced Barley Wine.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark amber and copper colored with a medium khaki colored head. The aroma is rich toffee and leather. There is also rich pancake syrup and vanilla. The body is very smooth, silky soft mouthfeel with a light touch of carbonation. The taste is toffee with some sweet prunes in the finish. Leathery goodness that only serves to enhace the brew. Notes of walnuts also come out as you drink. The finish starts to have some woody resin, but it’s not pine, more like an oak character. This goes to the sweet, almost English side of barleywines, not the super hopped American styled ones that tend to peel your lips off. I am glad I have a few more of these brews to try down the road.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Steve’s Liquor, Madison
Kosmyk Charlie’s Y2K pours with a ton of tiny sediment that in this case (and this case only in my expierence) add to the looks of this brew. The sediment is perfectly suspended throughout the ruby elixer and the light seems to bounce off every tiny little particle creating a snow-globe like effect. Very cool. A one finger ecru head forms on the pour that fades to a half finger but surprisingly stays put for the entirety. Leaves drink lines with each sip. This is a great looking barleywine.
The aroma has a solid amount of fruit present. Among layer after layer of malt goodness. Mild rum soaked raisins linger in the background along with prunes and a hint of dates occasionally. The malts steal the show. Caramel and toffee dominate. There’s a slight peat like smokiness that only shows itself every now and then. Vanilla. cream, and a ghostly oakiness waft through the air as well. Spicy alcohol toward the backend.
This is a malt bomb of a beer with the needed alcohol backing. Caramel kicks things off and there’s a surprising spicy hop kick quickly following. The hops actually linger throughout the drink and into the swallow leaving a nice moderate bitterness. I’m surprised the hops are as prominant as they are with none being detected in the nose. Heavy caramel leads througout with waves of toffee, vanilla, mild oak, and spicy alcohol on the swallow. Excellent!
First few sips gave me the impression of a syrupy sticky mouthfeel. As I drink on the mouthfeel becomes much more lush and velvety. The stickiness is there on the swallow but the body is extremely luxurious on the tongue.
This is a sipping brew with the big alcohol and complexities but it seems to open more the longer you sip. I’d be content sipping the night away with this one.
Another impressive beer from Central Waters. Excellent barleywine with layer upon layer of flavor. Continues to open more and more as it warms.