stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A "west coast" style barley wine, meaning they bitter the malt to death. This would age well, if the bitterness calms down. Reminiscent of Stone beers, heavy handed hoppiness. I do detect a bit of raisiny sweetness on the finish as it warms... Special B? Very good beer, and an excellent value. I may lay down a case for a year or two.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Thanks Herbjones! Well made barley wine, sort of in the mold of DBL Bastard. Aroma is sharply(from the alcohol) fruity(figs, raisins& mangoes)sweet with the hops coming in as pine, rotting leaves and twigs. Flavor is fairly tart. Finishes fairly sweet with the tartness from the hops completing the full tasting.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a muddy brown with a fine layer of tan foam.Sweet maltiness is the major hit with some dark fruits on the side.Also rich in toffee.A nice brew with a lingering flavor of caramel.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dense brown appearance, thick creamy head formation. Rich malty aroma, caramel with spicy pine hops. Thickish rich palate, sweet caramel, chocolate, hazelnut with an emphatic grapefruit bitterness that only gets subdued by the richness of the malts. Delicious stuff, but very much a la Double Bastard.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2005 Bottle 239/6000. Pours dark auburn with a thick and fluffy head. Nose is deep and complex like a port, with some fruity notes of pineapple and figs. Mouth feel is medium bodied, flavors of pipe tobacco, burnt marshmallows, sandalwood and cedar. A marvelous brew.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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Thanks to Saarlander for scoring this limited edition bomber for me in a trade. great looking dark brown with a tan head which fades to a ring of lace. aroma of caramel & toffee, prunes & raisins. flavors are of the same caramel, toffee, prunes, raisins along with some very mild chocolate notes. kind of sweet but not so much that my lips are sticky. piney hop presence comes thru on the end. almost medium bodied. I get a slight warming from the alcohol towards the end but all in all, a very well balanced and enjoyable BW. Big Beer drinkers should be seeking this out.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany brown with a medium, loose head. Caramel and roasted malt notes in the aroma with some hops spice and a bit of fruity sweetness. Only a touch of sweetness in the flavor as well with a lot of roasted flavors and moderate hops bitterness. A nice, interesting, drier take on barleywine.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Green Flash 2nd Anniversary Ale:
Dark rosy-brown body with a nice, uniform, persistent, light tan head. Big nose of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, salt-water taffy, and figs. Sweet flavor with substantial balancing bitterness and nice characters of raisin and tons of fig. Has a subtle hint of roast that gives me the impression of a barley wine with a shot of imperial stout. Awesome beer. If I had access to this, I would hoard large quantities. But major thanks to DarkElf for giving me access to one bottle.
8,5,9,4,17 = 4.3
Green Flash Barleywine (2006):
Red-amber body with a small, fading off-white head. Good chunky hop aroma with a nice crystal malt backing. Bouquet has deep earth and pithy grapefruit notes. Brown sugar and maple qualities emerge in the flavor along with a range of crusty and citrusy C-hops. Modest, somewhat crude malt character for a barleywine. Firm bitterness in the finish. Hints at Double Bastard. Solid, but doesn’t excel into the stratosphere like the 2nd Anniversary did for me.
7,4,7,4,15 = 3.7
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brown-ruby with decent tan lacy head, aroma of sweet roasty caramel, hops and alcohol. Lots going on here, dark citrus (if there is such a thing), syrupy roasted sweet bready cocoa and who knows what else. Finish is nicely balanced bitter with a burn of alcohol in the tummy. A very nice BW, will try to pick up another bottle to cellar.
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Aroma is loaded with chocolate, caramel, and toffee with light citrus hops. Pours a cloudy brown with some reddish-orange along the outside of the glass when held to the light. Small off-white head. Real malty up front. Just like the aroma, lots of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and banana bread. Nice piney hop finish that is strong enough to balance this very malty barley wine.