argo0 (13235) - 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 (5294) - 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 Date: 02/13/2007
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy white head, specks of lace,
Aroma: strong sweet caramel malt aroma with light earthy hops,
Body: thick body,
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, lots of sweetness, strong alcoholic character, a touch of fruity character, long earthy bitter finish,
Words: cellar party
Aroma: sweet fruity caramel aroma with an earthy character,
Flavor: big sweet caramel flavor, fruity character is getting stronger, alcohol is almost completely gone, only a hint of the earthy bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber/orange, with an off white head. Aroma is fruit, toffee, and malt. Flavor is fruit, hops, alcohol, and toffee. Thanks to footbalm for this bottle.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with Brigadier (thanks!). Poured a deeper and cloudy orange color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits (cherries, plums and raisins), toffee, and caramel. Tastes follow with citrus. Light alcohol in the finish.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was a very decent barleywine and would recommend it as another fine Central Waters brew. However, I would not consider this beer the best barleywine I’ve ever had.
Appearance is a bright ruby red with a tightly packed head that sticks around forever. Aroma is very stick-sweet hoppiness, with some citrus notes. Taste is alcohol astringency with a lot of alcohol up-front. I could feel its warming effect with my first sip.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, WI 5/2007. Pours a transparent golden honey color with tinges of orange skin and a thin layer of tiny bubbled, fizzy ivory head. Big fruity aroma that bursts forth notes of cherry gumdrops, candied oranges, and a thick strawberry sugar reduction. Tons of strawberry. All fruity, little malt caramelization or hops. Full bodied, tightly carbonated mouthfeel. The bubbles ooze slowly out of the thick mass, creating a thick whipped cream texture on the palate. Lots of caramel and sweet orange malts start out the flavors before being buried completely under a blanket of dense bitter hops. The hops definitely keep the sweetness restrained, making this incredibly bitter for the dense body. A bit of cherry tobacco and caramelized raisins wrapped in leather make a brief appearance mid-palate before being swallowed up in the bitter pine finish. I’m getting the impression that the intense hop wave is actually improving the drinkability of this beer and preventing it from being a sticky sugar bomb. Huge flavors, nothing off, just an un-remarkable definition of an American style barleywine.