troopie (2290) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Poured dark brown/red with a thick off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel and old sugar. Malty and caramelly flavour with some coffee notes. Lingering unsweetened coffee finish. Sip this and savour
riversideAK (6040) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hard Live 08. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Nice looking brew. The aroma has some light roast and dark malt sweetness accompanied by earthy and piney hops. Earthy hop flavors, roasted malt, chocolate, moderate sweetness and a great medium hoppy finish in the form of earth and pine. Alcohol is not overpowering but a pleasant accompaniment. Balanced and drinkable. One of my faves.
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
PIB, tap... Poured dark, reddish/brown with a beige head. Aroma is very unique, like bitter, tart cheese and cocoa. Palate is intense and assaults the mouth (one that clears the nasal passage way). Flavors of warming, smooth alcohol while buttery toffee-malt that comes to play, and some bittering hops. Nice to take slow and very enjoyable.
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hard Liver ’08
Chestnut brown, opaque. Milk chocolate nose with light alcohol and toasty hops. Rather bitter, with some toasty, chocolate malts. Fun stuff. A bit boozy...but a tasty finish.
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark for a barleywine, redish brown. Nice and malty with a well balanced flavor. Taste like candy and goes down easy. When it comes to barleywine the darker the better in my opinion and this one is very dark. Very strong beer that gives you a good kick in the mouth up front and in the aftertaste. Great beer!!!
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the 2008 barleywine festival in portland... pours a dark brown with a red hue, no head whatsoever, i think because it was brewed in 1998, it lost most of its carbonation. Strong taste of cedar, burbon, and hops. Smooth as silk and no taste of alcohol whatsoever. awesome barleywine.
raphael (1122) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at the Bottom. aroma of plums, brown sugar, oak. Light tan head on a dark brown, barely translucent body. thick in the mouth a little under carbonated. a desert beer--dark cherry, dark milk chocolate & caramel. could use just a bit of hop edge & a shade more malt complexity
bhensonb (13616) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Rich dark fruit aroma. Near opaque brown color with a lightly lacing tan head. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Very sweet dark fruit flavor (pruney) with roasted malt and arguably some floral hop. It is, perhaps, a near equivalent of Old Peculier.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Hedge House in Portland, Oregon--Ultra dark brown viscus body with a thin tan-gray gripping head. Potent hops and rich caramel malt nose. Big lacing in glass. Like a grapefruit soaked in chocolate and caramel. Warm, boozy, spicy hop finish. Yum!
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft; I asked the servers what they had that was at least as big and bold as the Double Bastard they had, and this fit the bill. Huge flavors, rich mouthfeel, actually sweet for a BW, almost like a peaty smoked Porter. For a BW, it presented very dark, more like a Porter in appearance. Most delicious, though really more of a sipping beer to slowly savor. This is about as big-flavored and hard-hitting a beer as I’ve had. Reportedly made for the Horse Brass’s Don Younger.