OldGrowth (2917) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from trade with The_Beer_God. Good aroma, sweet & citrusy. tangerine, orange, little grass, toffee/caramel. Thought of a orange creamsicle as it warmed up. Tad hazed dark orangy brown color, that was a nice red when held up to light, small head, though I did pour slow, but solid head, faded slowly to a covering. Good lacing. Bittersweet flavor, Grapefruit & lime kick in on the citrus, got a little of a plastic scent that I get from some IPA’s & BW’s, grass, orange, caramel. Bit brash. Medium body, creamy oily smooth mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Tasty barleywine, though flavor lost a little as it warmed and got kind ogf harsh. Aroma was also better cold. Still a nice one to have.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby-copper body with a medium white soapy head. Cereal aroma with fruity, floral hops. Quite sweet and alcoholic. Tea bitterness. Not bad but a little one-dimensional and hot.
bhensonb (12467) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong malty aroma backed by some citrus hop. Ruby toned amber color with a white head that is minimalist. Starts with a full mouthfeel, sweet darkish malt, and strong citrus hop. It’s fairly balanced, and the hop bitterness is stronger in the finish than the case with many barleywines. Not excessively complex; straight forward. Very nice sipper.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark orange with a whitish head good lacing. Aroma was of pine hops. Flavor was of caramel and pine hops lots, hint of toffee. Not bad but also not as complex as a lot of barleywines.
eaglefan538 (2943) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an orange color with a nice white to off-white colored head, good retention, good lacing. Aroma was strong resinous pine notes, a touch of caramel. The flavor was tons of pine hops, firm caramel malts, some toffee, and tons of pine hops. Flavor highpoint was the non-invasiveness of the alcohol. Mouthfeel was fairly light for a barleywine, ample carbonation. Very simplistic, and overall a pretty weak (although not bad, per se) BW in my opinon.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Bomber, thanks to Blake for sharing! Poured a deep, bloody red with a short, level off-white head. Aroma picked up deep, well-toasted sweet caramel and dark fruity notes.. nice pine resin accents.. rather significant booze factor. Flavor had a bunch of dark fruit laced with diacetyl notes.. this was tasty, but came across as way too hot. Thick and boozy on the palate.. left longer, grainy pine resin notes on the lengthy finish. T’was OK. 7 3 6 3 13
Re-rate, bottled as "Second Anniversary Ale" from 2005, Bottle #23/6000. Poured a lovely shade of garnety-amber with a creamy cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toasted redder fruits and aged caramel accented by dry white pepper and oak character.. prickly alcohol hit the nose hairs in the back.. lovely presentation. The flavor showcased redder fruits at the core, using toasted caramel for support.. the hops were fairly well spent, but some fruity and a little cardboardey bitterness stuck on the edges.. juicy, sticky, warm fruits and peppery alcohol on the long, memorable finish. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. warm on the palate, but well-balanced.. this aged very well.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber color with an off white head. Aroma is malty with some citrus hops. Flavor is malty with a citrus hops finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 ounce bomber purchased from Nugget on Covell in Davis, CA. Aroma is cardboardy, woody, and sour. Smells like green apples and I totally agree with grant’s assessment of this aroma. Virtually no hops in the aroma. Not very appealing. Transparent dark amber body with a nice off-yellowish head present. Fairly attractive stuff. Some caramelly malty sugary notes to start, which becomes burnt and roasted and grainy in the middle. THere is a lot of dry, bitter, puckering hoppiness to finish with a TON of booziness. This is very challenging to drink.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Filtered reddish brown appearance with fine, long-lasting head. Aroma hits you first with strong acetaldehyde (green apple), vaguely citric hops, some weird fruitiness, then some booziness, and lastly some bready and slightly caramelized malt notes. Not altogether pleasant. Flavor initially hits you with more acetaldehyde and a plethora of hot alcohols. Unusually hot even for a 10% beer. I get some moderate roasted malt notes, light phenols, surprisingly muted hop flavor and quite noticeable, rather harsh bitterness.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Deeeelicious. Tried at Green Flash’s tasting room with my friend Joel from work. This my favorite. There a better Barleywines (Alesmith and Stone and Port Brewing), but not beats this quality/price ratio. 8,3,8,3,17:4.0
I’ve tried this many times, but tonight I tried the 2nd anniversary version for the first time. Tasted at 2008 Woodshop hosted by cquiroga. A small hint of oxidation. Lots of melanoidins and caramelization from long boil. 8,3,7,3,15:3.6