BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle provided to me by André and served in a St Bernardus chalice:
Pour a slightly hazy coppery hue topped by an initial beautiful frothy off-white head and outstanding lace, sadly it did fade a bit. The aroma is pure barleywine with heavy caramelized malts, piney and spicy hops, candied fruits, earthy yeast esters, a hint of salt and wood. The taste starts with a nice dose of bitters and spice laying on top of a rich malty base. Good citric and fruity overtones balanced by a peppery and cardamom spice character. The finish displays a biting edge of resin and salt, earthy and chewy developing a strong lingering aftertaste. For the ABV, this is quite drinkable and only develops a moderate warming after half of the bottle. YUMMY for sure, you know it’s like totally gnarly! Get ya some, highly recommended.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pailhead. Red, ruby colored with a nice tannish head which leaves good lacing behind. Piney and citric hops cover quite a bit of the malt and alcohol that is also present in nose. Body is medium, well carbonated. Flavors blend caramel and toffee notes with the obvious hoppiness. Alcohol is there but tucked away in corner. Well done!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Bottle - Deep hazed sunset orange, thin white creamy head. Nose held notes of caramel coated orange peel, grapefruit, light pine, and brown sugar, with hints of pineapple as it continued to warm. Rich citric hop bitterness flavors up front that flow into an orange, caramel, light cherry and pineapple tone. Coming in late, a musty sweet caramel tone back the hops to near perfection. Medium to full bodied, sharp carbonation, bittersweet finish. Definitely one of Lagunitas best efforts...
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 Courtesy of Pailhead and lunaticharness. Dark amber, slightly ruby color. Decent off-white head. Lots of caramel up front with some spicy hops. flavor very mellow/balanced between caramel and citrus hop finish. Very oily body and mouthfeel. While I am partial to barleywine’s, this is very well balanced. Doesn’t overdue anything just nice and smooth. Definately underrated IMO.
mybrainhurts (376) - North Dakota, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 release: Big fruity nose, peppery, caramel malts, with a wiff of yogurt cream. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Toffee, candy caramel, toasted malts, fruity hoppiness, with a warming alcoholic finish. Gets much better as the bottle warms up. Overall, a bit harsh now but should mellow over time.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Attractive garnet-amber hue with fine, hypnotic suspended particles and a loose, velvety beige head that left splattered lacing. Very nice aroma of sweet caramel, cigar, brown sugar, cherry, cinnamon, and earth. Flavor is like a young black cherry that is tart, sweet, and earthy. Woody sour flavor come out. Fairly sweet for sure but has ample depth of character to carry it. Excellent barley wine. Lagunitas impressed me with this one.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark amber w/ a small, frothy light brown band of foam. Hoppy aroma of pine & grapefruit w/ a solid caramel malt foundation & a hint of vanilla. Medium-bodied, resiny, but a little thin. Flavour is very hoppy & malty but well-balanced. Finish is quite bitter & dry.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a Really sweetness hits my tastebuds right off, followed by a mello drinking barleywine very simular to the kronik.
Pailhead (5732) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 Bottle: Courtesy of beerguy101 via trade. Fruity, caramel, light banana bread, and nice hops in the aroma. Pours a transparent bright red with a hint of orange with a nice off-white head. Caramel, fruit (some apple), and cinnamon up front with a very nice citrusy hop finish that blends very well.8-4-8-4-16
2004 botte (sampled on 10/20/06) : Courtesy of lunaticharness. Aromas of toffee, banana bread, caramel, light citrus hops, and a touch of oxidation. Pours a cloudy brownish orange with a small off-white head. Flavor starts with caramel, toffee, hints of banana bread. Mild oxidation is a positive. Finishes with a mild citrus hoppiness. This is aging well.
jimhilt (2473) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a three-finger light tan head, fades slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is woody spices. Starts with a semi-sweet flavor, body is quite viscous, almost syrupy, smooth with a bite at the end as some hops kick in. $5.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.