shadey (1823) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 22oz bottle purchased at the brewery in Syracuse. Poured into a Chimay chalice itís actually a melon orange color, not the dark amber/brown that I expected. There is a thin head of swirling white lace. Aroma is sweet caramel and some creaminess... actually really appetizing. Flavors are very well blended - Iím not sure if that is the age, but this is good. Spiciness and sweet maltiness are in harmony. This is very nice.
bhops (426) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thickfreakness provided bottle. Pours amber, minimal head. Aroma of hops, and some sweetness. Pretty good barleywine. Some alcohol.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A well hopped, rather sweet and very fruity barley wine that is more drinkable and refreshing than expected. Good brew.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed about 8 months after purchase (no date on bottle)
The look: Cloudy orangey-brown body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Nose more hoppy than average for the style with a nice citrusy character. Body as a lot of fruity caramel. Fruity flavours include berries, citrus, pineapples(!!), kiwis(!!) and more. The fruity character has a fresh fruits character instead of a dried fruits flavour. A nice bitter hops finish that is both resinous and fruity. The body is really not heavy considering the style. And with the refreshing fruity character and good hops presence I must say Iíve had some IIPAs that had a similar flavour spectrum. I find most American barley wines overrated but this is a rare case where I find one that I feel is misunderstood. Itís not a slap in the face, this is an easy drinking brew. Now that Iím too old for Modern Days Catholic Priest Fluid I drink Middle Ages Druid Fluid. Thatís ok with me but I kinda miss the cookies.
BuckeyeBoy (2338) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a brown topped with a sand head. Aroma of sweet caramel and pine hops. Tast was nice lots of sweetness caramel, pit fruit, and some brown sugar. A tast one.
Tmoney99 (9646) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06.
Poured hazy brownish copper color with medium frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Complex dark fruity and roasted caramel aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet dark fruit finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation.
Good rich brew.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks phhd! - Pours out lt brown with a medium off white head...aroma was sticky sweet, with a nice hop resin presence...flavour was similar, with a orange/pineapple component, nice bitterness balances the malt on the end...fun beer!
boFNjackson (3921) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured hazy, dark orange with a frothy, off-white head. Leafy, herbal aroma with a good dose of floral hops. Very smooth palate with a nice depth. Light esters and sweet fruit notes with spiced grains. Vanilla and toffee notes before the balancing hops in a clean finish.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by hophead22 thanks to phhd.... I think this was beer #15 or #16 of the day... This is my notes word for word at the end of one of Timís Sunday Spectaculars.....Cloudy orange, citrus sweet, very hoppy.. And there you have it.. Timmy you rock
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Hophead22. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a very small off white head. Aroma is citrus hops, sweet caramel, earth and pine. Flavor is very bitter! Lots of piny hops and a good deal of caramel malt. Very full bodied but not particularly thick for the style. Nice medium carbonation. Thanks again for the generosity, Tim!
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from phhd, thanks Ethan. Shared with DuffManSW and mspindler. Yellow/orange pour with an off-white head. Slight pineiness with some good malt. Nice bitterness, but a thin malt backbone, pretty good stuff though.