Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle that’s been in my cellar for years. I think it came from hopdog. Pours brown with a lasting tan head. Smells of cherries, nutty, some molasses, touches of welcoming oxidation. Tastes of Spice, some fruity undertones, caramel, cognac with some toffee and cherry hints on the finish. Delicious!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the Top 5 beers I had at GABF. I do know that some of the "buzz" that was created at the fest about Iron Hill, was by me. I was camped out trying all 15 beers a few times over the sessions. This stuff was candy sweet, unlike anything I’ve tasted with huge vanilla and caramel flavors. I could have drank this all night. Freakin awesome.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml vintage bottle from Phoenixville. Pours ruddy, muddy caramelly ruby brownish in color, with almost no head. The aroma is big and complex, very fruity, with notes of caramel malt, black pepper, big figs, plums, tobacco, blackberry, slight white grapes, prune, Bartlett pear. The flavor is richly malty and the palate heft and complexity is apparent. I got flavor notes of fine tobacco, figs, berries, pear, apple, white grapes, and some earthy peaty finishing notes. Dense and complex palate, with well hidden alcohol, this oe is great.
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wilmington. Pours a deep garnet with little head. Aroma is very malty and fruity, like sweet dark berries. Flavor much of the same, a big sticky maltiness with a subtle hop profile lingering in the background and finish. Excellent!
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Media, March 4, 2005: Super impressed by this brew. From presentation in the glass to the aroma and flavor this beer showed up extremely well. I’m becoming more and more a fan of barleywines and this is one of the reasons for it. Took home some on a growler and got wasted within 2 thanks to it being 10%ABV.
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy deep orange amber. Malty and fruity aroma. Really wonderful flavor profile: not overbearingly dark malt, but with a beautifully balanced, sweet, elegant, citrusy affect. Love it. This has a fruitcake-like quality to it, and a definite caramel-cherry presence. Bubblegum. The Iron Hill bottles are so freakin’ good. The balance and sweet nuance of this is just awesome.
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 2004 sampled Wilmington 3/05... Poured a dark amber color with a small, of white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of carmel malt, port, raisins, citrus hoppiness, and a touch of alcohol. Still rather young, the dried fruits, grapefruit hops, and sweet caramel dominated, alcohol is also pretty hot. Decent now, but at 3 yrs old, this can compete with some of the best barleywines out there. Look for bottles of this soon!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a 3 year old batch unleashed at West Chester...
Apepars a hazy reddish toned brown with a small white head that fades into a nice collar.
Smell is of rich malted barley, cherry, vanilla, with a mild hint of oxidation that comes with an aged veteran like this.
Taste is of a nice high gravity, sugary brew with lots of malted barley and vanilla swirling around with some vanilla and cherry.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with the sugary vanilla grabbing at my tastebuds on the finish.
Dorwart (2413) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not entirely sure of the vintage. Purchased in 2009 and it was already on age then. Either a 2009 or 2008. Good sized head for a barleywine. Thin and consists of small and very dense bubbles. Fantastic carbonation keeps a thin sheen of foam on the surface. They got the carbonation level perfect with this one. Looks like liquid caramel in the glass. Sweet and malty aroma with caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some vanilla and dough. Powerful flavor with lots more caramel and sweet malts. Big, thick and chewey palate with a bit of raisin flavor late swallow. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Goes down super smooth but with a bit of fizz in the mouth. Finishes sweet and warm. This is a fantastic barleywine. A little lax onthe hops and bitterness but I am sure that it was planned that way.
eaglefan538 (2920) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad beer at all. Not aged. Poured a dark red-brown color with a noticeable but not overpowering head (more than I expected at 10% ABV). Aorma was sweet, alcohol, with a slight flowery hoppy touch. Hops were not prominent in the flavor, which was malty with a touch of alcohol. I enjoyed the malt balance more than SN’s Bigfoot.