estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewpub. Aroma of caramel malts and American hops, dark amber body, small whitish head. Nicely balanced between hop flavors/bitterness and sweet malts. Nicely done.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 vintage on tap at the 2007 GABF: Transparent mahogany with a wispy-lacing tan head. Aroma of nice fresh, grapefruity hops and sweet caramel malt. Full, sweet body has some light fruity esters and complexity and bittering hops toward a drier bittersweet finish. A pretty nice barleywine.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2007: Poured a hazy copper color with an off-white head. Dark fruit aroma that was semi-sweet. The flavor was of browned apples and dark fruits. Some figs. Medium to full body and semi-dry.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Source: Brewfest, GABF
muddy dark amber, fine beige head,
big sweet malt aroma with lots of brown sugar character and a touch of fruit balanced by earthy hops,
rich malt flavor, lots of sweet dark caramel and brown sugar balanced by lasting earthy bitterness,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Ratman197 (9808) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ GABF 2007 (2005 vintage) poured a clear dark amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, carmel, toffee, light mollases and a hint of spice. Palate was full bodied smooth and slightly dry. Flavors of dark bread, carmel, light notes of dark fruit and a hint of spice with a smooth dry lingering malty finish.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery in company of alohac and fordest. Good times. Very surprising in that this was actually pretty good. Completely unexpected flavorful fruity taste. Sweet at first with a nice malt finish. I enjoyed this one best.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good roasted malt and hopped up barleywine. Some roasted pineapple flavors. Light saltiness with smoked meats, rasins. Creamy dryish finish. Very well balanced. On tap at the brewery in Kona.
fordest (1994) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Oahu brewpub. Nice dark fruit aromas coming off this deep brown draft. Smallish head didn’t stick around for long. Lots of malty and more dried raisin like fruits on the flavor. Some hoppiness and warming in the finish. Pretty good stuff.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Rich bronze color with a nice off-white head. Malty, fruity, earthy aroma. Malty flavor with summer fruits and some raisins. Lingering peach/appricot with malt backing.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap of the 2002 vintage @ Toronado 2005 barley wine festival. Dark reddish brown color with a light brown head. A big caramel malt flavor with vanilla accents.