Cobra (1100) - - NOV 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap from growler at Bowie, Md. location. 2004 release party. Poured out a brilliantly clear, dark amber color, with a huge, sticky, tan colored head. Served warm, BTW. Yuck! Iíll rate it on itís merits, though. Aromas are of alcohol, candi sugar, strong caramels, English toffee, malts, and macerated fruit.
Tastes are of rum soaked raisins, pipe tobacco, old dusty barn, dark fruits soaked in rum, earthy hops, and alcohol. It doesnít even attempt to hide itís alcohol, which is 12.2% ABV this year.
At least thatís what the email I got from the brewer says. Young, brash, and unrepentant. Rich, thick mouthfeel, almost chewy. Warming upon impact to the stomach. Finishes somewhat rough around the edges, but still a top notch effort on the style.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler courtesy of egadjzis at Richlikebeerís YEHA í05. Iíve been waiting a while to try this one. cloudy golden color - doesnít really look like a barley wine... foamy tan head. strong hop aroma, flavor is whiskey and hop with a malty backbone in the finish. hmm, a west coast barley wine from Maryland? Interesting.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crimson highlights are barley visible underneath the murky dark amber body. A thin head forms and recedes quickly, fully. The aroma has tons of caramel, but in a surprise twist it also spews forth notes aplenty of vanilla. Plenty of aromatic hops, decently masked alcohol and ample toastiness, along with light molasses. The flavor is lightly to mildly bitter, moderately astringent, medium sweet and preety nice overall. The finish somewhat bitter and medium in duration. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium-full bodied and sticky. Very low carbonation throughout allows easy focus on different subtleties. A great barbeque barleywine, from experience.
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ Bowie location. Light brown color w/no head. Strong alcohol aroma. I was dissapointed in this one, just way too rough for me. Just tasted like alcohol, like doing a shot of whiskey. No sweetness, nothing to balance out the high alcohol flavor. Iíve heard a lot of people rave @ this, & maybe it gets better w/age-I hope so since I have a bottle ageing, but I couldnít even finish it. Just too hot for me.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 On tap at DuClaw in Bowie, MD. Snifter glass. Clear copper/burgundy with little head. Aroma was sweet fruit, caramel, apricot, and citrus hops. Taste was sweet fruit, hops and alcohol. A surprising amount of hops, here. A hoppy/bitter finish with a bit of alcohol. Damn fine.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to StewardOfGondor for sharing this. Pours a clear dark golden color. Very small off white head. Aroma of sharp hops and booze. Sweet pine. Flavor is sweet, smooth, alcohol spiciness, very easy drinking. Tasty!
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big ass bottle from kmweaver. Orange amber color with nice size white head. Aroma of caramel and mild hops. The taste was rich, sweet, and malty. Caramel and slight vanilla flavors. Mild hoppy finish.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
07 vintage, handbottle, courtsey of my main man Yaniv! A prelude to Barleywine Armageddon í08 (tomorrow!). Amber clear reddish with a grey head. Overripe amarillo hops giving off that garlicy sort of note. a bit sweet, with some alcohol and slightly toasty astringency. Thin, and lightly carbonated, ala handbottle. Pineapply garlic past prime hops. Alcohol. Light malt. Drier than the nose suggests, thought definite caramel. A bit of fruit, straw. Lingering hay to grassy hops. I would have guessed American strong ale, as this is a bit too hot and low on the sweetness to be a barleywine, IMHO.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/amber color. Aroma and flavors are pure delicious hops. Flavor is hops, brown sugar and toffee. Super sweet. A world class BW, but a little sweet for my tastes.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at RDF: Dark brown apperence with almost no nose. Flavor of heavy choclate. Very different for a barleywine.