Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Dark ruby/amber color with good lacing type head. Fruity aroma. Malty, mildly fruity hoppy caramel taste. Thick and chewy with smooth bitter/sweet finish. Not really that complex, just a good straight ahead barleywine.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle labeled 2nd Anniversary ale - Pours a very cloudy medium brown color with smallish light tan head. Aroma is very malty, fair amount of burnt caramel, mild herbal hops, faint tobacco and ash. Flavor is malty, lots of caramel, touch of apircot, orange, herbal hops, bit metallic. Finish has a stiff bitterness but is balanced. Overall, itís a bit harsh and discordant, not very polished. Average at best. Would not seek out again.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 Slightly hazy and viscous dark red pour with chestnut brown hues. A thick and creamy head is very slow to recede, eventually leaving a near solid sheet of light beige lacing. It doesnít last. Hops, juicy as hell, greet me first in the aroma. Scents of orange, grapefruit, dates and papaya. The malt backbone seems full, hopefully it can tame some of these hops. Flavor is of creamy, toasty caramel malt. Hops that ruled in the aroma are now somewhat balanced by the hefty malt bill. This is very hot but is relatively balanced for being so young and aggressively hopped. Palate is smooth but thinner than expected, or desired for that matter. A pepper note accompanies a medium length finish that is very resiny and exceedingly dry. A well done barleywine if not a little too garden-variety.
SpringsLicker (3442) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Illinismitty for sharing this one at the Nashville Tasting.
This pours clear, dark brown with plenty of ruby highlights.
One- dimensional caramel aroma.
The flavor balance is perhaps overly bitter, suggesting perhaps some needed cellar time for this one.
Decent, but this needs some complexity to round it out.
raphael (1154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong citrus rising above the caramel, almost a lemony note underneath the grapefruit rind. mixed in with the hops some alcohol but not much malt peeking through. srong head for a bareley wine, some color like a blushing orange, silky in the mouth with nice carbonation. Overall a little harsh, not fully blended.
dwyerpg (5548) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love the barleywine molassses aroma. An excellent beer, with some nice flavors and hops throughout. Donít really get the toffee, but I like it a lot.
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Original vintage bomber shared by SuIIy on 1/6/06. Didnít write down the bottle number.
A dirty beige head, flecked with dark ivory, rises up to two fingers in height. Medium-mahogany to chestnut brown body still shows plentiful carbonation and dull chartreuse tints. The head shows moderate retention and produces very sticky lacing all about the glass. Medium clarity.
Rich brown bread-like maltiness is immediately matched with light prune and date-like notes. Strong base malt sugars add a creamy sweetness in the background, as well. A bit of alcohol warmth emerges in the middle, beginning to dry the aroma out, while dry chocolate and crunchy, coffeeish roast continues the trend. The finish is dotted with more of the prune and date notes, perhaps adding a bit juicier raisin-like note as well as some buttertoffee. No trace of hop aromatics due in part to the age, but it dosent seem like this was ever overly aromatic (but thereís plenty of pine and citrus bitterness). Curiously, with warming, a very distinct yeast note emerges on the finish. Not sure what it is, but Iíve smelled it before. Itís plasticy/rubbery and dry, but dosent seem unpleasant. Rather it mixes with the malts to give almost a cola-like note. Perhaps itís autolysis, but itís rather clean and well behaved, if so. Aroma strength is medium to medium-high, though the complexities/subtleties far outmatch the sheer strength.
Sweet at first, with caramel and base malts mixing with the darker roasted malts to produce sweet chocolate and toffee notes. Light hints of alcohol produce a Spanish coffee-like note that balances the sweetness and adds some life to this vintage sipper. Plenty of raisins, prunes and dates, with strong vanilla-like sweetness continue the English feel to it. It dries out heavily on the finish, however, with crusty, bare, dark malts and a hard brown breadiness that dulls the previous fruitiness. Bit of alcohol heat comes on with warming, and the malts get a little edgier.
Great presentation of flavors, but unfortunately, the body suffers from a noticeable amount of thinness. Not caused by age or carbonation, but just seemingly not enough unfermentables to really give the richness and bravado of some of the better English barleywines. The carbonation is appropriate (medium-light, not sharp) and the texture is reasonable (smooth and oily), but the thinness is at odds with the nature of this beer. While it allows for more drinkability, barleywines are by no means intended to be a quick quaffer, nor do the flavors here allow it to be.
bb (8528) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich dark caramel color with a tan head. Grapefruit hop aroma with caramel. Big grapefruit flavor with caramel, some fruitiness and alcohol. Some roastiness underneath. Lingering grapefruit and pine. Lots of hops - only difference between this and standard IIPA is that the aroma isnít as strong here.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Shawan Liquors in Cockeysville, MD. Shared at the Nashville Tasting. Pours deep amber with a tan head. Fruity and hoppy aroma, not much maltiness in the nose. Medium light texture as far as barley wines go. Flavor is fairly hoppy and fruit with a caramel maltiness taking a back seat. Not overly complex but decent. This reminds me of a fruitier Bigfoot.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a deep mahogany color with a two finger thick light tan head which slowly fades. Nice layered lacing left behind as the head settles. Big floral, pine, rersin and light citrus hop aroma. Has a sweet residual malt flavor with a nice hop presences and some light esters. Thick palate and full body. This is the way I like my BWís. Look out Bigfoot.