SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Great CO barleywine! Pours dark brown to ruby black in color with a thin off white head. Fruity caramel aroma with raisins and dates. Candy apple fruity malty sweetness has a near perfect balance of hop bitterness. This is remarkable smooth for the stated alcohol. You’d think it was alcohol-free! Thick mouthfeel, but not saturating. Just a very technically well-made BW.
Kevin (2102) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at the brewery. dark copper orange body. aroma is peaches, plums, alcohol, and syrup. this is hot. alcohol really bites at first, this fades as it warms and some other flavors emerge. supersweet, some bitterness in the finish, but the fruit comes through on top of everything. peach syrup, it really reminds me of the syrup from canned peaches. cherry lingers with a note of alcohol.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Segfault bottled this one at the brewery for me. What a guy. What a birtday present! It pours dark reddish brown with a skim of white bubbles. Looks thick and mighty! Aroma is extremely malty. Lots of caramel and dried fruit. Hints of spicy hops. Taste is marvelous. Tons of malty goodness. Great balance, though not as hoppy as I’d prefer. Still, a really interesting maltiness. Some toastiness toward the back of my tongue which is made more interesting by the hops back there too. Lots of caramel and fruit toward the center and tip of my tongue. Man, this is interesting. The alcohol is really well cloaked by the malts, and the thickness and sweetness of the malts is really well cloaked by the hops. It’s a rather deceptive combination. It lends to a really smooth beer. I’ve never had a barleywine as clean and smooth as this. If I were to offer any criticism, I’d say I kinda wish it were a little less reserved. Give me more of something - hit me with some more malts or surprise me with some more hop character. Still, all in all, an impressive barleywine. I can’t wait to see what Dry Dock comes up with next!