realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a redish brown color with a small off white head. Aroma was major caramel and mild amounts of hops. The flavor was all caramel with a good bitterness and slightly sweet finish. The alcohol is hidden very well for such a young Barleywine. From what the brewer told me the years can be seen with a magnifying glass in the word "Vintage" and the slash in the paper marks that year.
jazz88 (2650) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A deep reddish brown color with a thick foamy tan head. A strong hoppy (pine, grapefruit) sweet caramel full aroma. Rich caramel, floral and hoppy flavors with a long bitter aftertaste. Smooth, rich and tangy hop filled caramel finish. Quite nice.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear ruby-brown color with a persistent light tan head. Decent hop and caramel aroma. No discernible alcohol aromas. Moderate grapefruity hop taste with some caramel sweetness in the middle. Slight citric bitter hop finish. Not as hoppy as some west coast barleywines, but still very enjoyable and tasty.
JFGrind (1977) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last bottle from my visit to Oak Tree Liquors. Green Flash barleywine has a fruit-plum aroma, mahogany body and thick, pillowy head. When first opened the citrus bitterness had a sharp domination over the caramel malts. But as the bottle warmed a bigger, better, stronger flavors were evident. I suggest only chilling this barleywine to 50F. Two observations about the label; it stated this was a barelywine "style ale" and the word "vintage" was present but no date next to it. Not sure what the signifcance of either was on the label.
ABUSEDGOAT (2538) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany pour with a smallish head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is caramel with PNW hops. Very piney and citrus notes here. Kinda interesting. The mouthfeel is fairly soft/creamy and the finish has a light sweetness with a tinge of alcohol and vanilla. Surprisingly easy to drink for a medium to heavy bodied beer.
shigadeyo (3611) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Event: DarkLord Day 2007
Location: Evening tasting in jquire’s room at the Hampton Inn. Thank you for hosting Jeff!
Serving: 22 oz bottle (10% ABV) shared by TheBeerCellar2. Thanks!
Aroma: Sugary malt.
Appearance: Clear amber color with a foamy ivory head.
Flavor: Some maltiness, but much more bitterness.
Palate: Medium body. Tiny carbonation bubbles.
Overall: Every Green Flash beer that I have had so far has been very good or excellent and I’m sure this one would be too with a year or two of aging. It is far to young and bitter at the moment...
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours cloudy brown color with full foamy brown head. Aroma sweet, malty and hoppy. Taste roasted malt, nutty and with bitter hoppy after taste.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Green Flash. Hazy brown with white head. Caramel and malty aroma. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, and a crisp, bitter finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage, courtesy of tpkenned. Lovely, opulent and cherry gold in color with a fuzzy, serrated sponge head. Deep nose drums up buttery amaretto caramels, papaya rolling in nectar and sweet cherry spruce. English toffee, bing cherries and sweetened pipe tobacco come in a distant second. Flavor lays in as light at first, but then lays a buttered amaretto graham crust flavor onto the tongue with a caramel cap. Pistachios give a nice, subconscious nutty sweetness and crystallized ginger cherries ignite a sweet substance at a tobacco toffee junction near the cusp of the throat. Honey coated ruby red grapefruit suckles in slowly. The bitterness sings with subtle sweetness as a gummy caramel amaretto track makes its mark. Balanced and bright and beginning to take on more body as it grows older. Dry, nearly numbing tongue remarks with cherry cotton and papaya bitterness in the final sequences.
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from OldGrowth shared at frumpty’s in Greenville after Ryan passed out with southampton abbot 12 in his hand. Some host. Haha. Pours a dark, but clear, amber with a thin white head. Nose is strong caramel malts with a strong and bitter hop presence. Flavor is very bitter as well to go along with the heavy caramel malts. I used to really like my bw’s hoppy and bitter, but this one might be a little overkill. Still, a very drinkable and tasty treat. Thanks Tom.