CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 2001 sampled on 4/4/2004: Pours a murky dark copper brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of bready complex oxidized caramel malt. Body has a nice, thick sweetness to it and goes down very smoothly with some hoppy bite still noticeable. This has aged very well and turned into a classic barleywine.
2001 sampled on 8/14/2003: Very complex, heavy aroma of dark fruit, licorice, caramel and hops. Medium to dark brown in color with an average-sized tan colored head. Starts sweet, almost syrupy with good malty complexity. Very smooth, but with a strong alcoholic finish. Moderate bitterness throughout. A good barleywine, but a bit too strong and not as drinkable as some others I've had.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at HogTownHarry Fest í08
A 2006 big abv version thanks hugely to Harry. Beautiful amber colour with a head that dies all to quickly but the high abv doesnít give it much to hold onto. Really enjoyable cheesy alcoholic funk in the aroma with sweet dark malt underneath. Really sniffable. A proper barley wine flavour. Chunky, spicy and lots of chewy malt. Alcohol is obviously there but not at all over powering. Palate is excellent. Creamy and full giving a wonderful warmth as it slips down. Wood, cardboard, leather and all sorts of other aged stuff. Lovely soft mouth feel. A real malt celebration and bloody enjoyable. Much more like an English BW than an American one in my opinion. Great stuff and surprisingly under-rated for a US beer.
jtclockwork (7119) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Otsuchi Bottle. Pours reddish chestnut brown. Off white head. Nose/taste of grapes, chestnuts, almonds, toffee and brown sugar. Heavily carbonated. A touch sweet on the palate. Medium body.
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 2003 Bottle. Pours a fiery deep reddish-burgundy with a minimal layer of beige head (mainly a ring around the edges). Thick pour. Sweet, malty nose with heaps of dark fruits (sugar plums, prunes, & raisins), English-style hoppage, and caramel. Reminded me a bit of Harvest Ale. Thick and chewy on the palate, allowing the multitude of flavors to envelop and enslave my helpless tastebuds! Massive caramel and pruney sweetness provided a great base for the mildly bitter grassy hops, oak, molassess, toffee, and alcohol that were also present. Long, sticky, and warming finish of sugar plums, caramel, and alcohol. Tremendous brew!
2000 bottle thanks to Blake! Poured much darker than expected.. clear coppery-Port color with a loose layer of tan head and large bubbles on the ring. The aroma picked up lots or rich caramelization and deeper vinous notes with some apparent warmth and some herbal/medicinal notes present.. deep, rich, and enjoyable. The flavor had bunches of rich caramel and toasted barley accented by dampened herbal bitterness.. warm, rather boozy finish. Tasty stuff! Medium-bodied (lighter than expected) and syrupy on the palate.. warm, peppery alcohol on the finish.. still really strong, but smoother than the newer bottles.
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Total Wine, Las vegas. 2010 vintage- when itís -8c out, itís time to bring out the big boys. Pours ruby with copper edges and a surprising beige collar falling away to.the edges of the glass. Sweet, inviting aroma of milk chocolate-coated raisins, figs draped with caramel sauce, leather and green olive. Fine and luxurious with an interplay of milk chocolate, creamy fig and tobacco notes that make it very easy to forget you are not drinking a cask-conditoned English brown ale of 5%, but an 11.7% Californian barley wine. Thereís a droplet of sherry, but not a hint of jarring hop or alcohol here, just a steady, suffusing fireside warmth. Why bother aging when itís this rounded and mellow already? A brew of considerable flavour and finesse, easily a match for any English barley wine Iíve tasted.
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 2003. Beautiful ruby-brown color with a thin beige head. Sweet malt aroma, with some raisin, fig, and date. Raisin, dat, rich caramel malt flavors. Some alcohol wamring. Just enough hops. This beer has a rich, deep flavor. Great barley wine with a bit of a fruity flavor. Wonderful complexity.
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage. Pours dark amber with tan head. Medium strength aroma of rich sweet malts just as a Barleywine should smell. Full and rich mouthfeel. Excellent flavor with several layers of sweetness: fruity, caramel, cherries, plums and some less sweet grain malt. Just enough hop bite along the some less sweet malts to keep the overall sweetness in check. Alcohol is moderately apparent. Very good beer and will be better with age.
Meilby (6453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355ml vintage 2009 @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours murky brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and toffee. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 200 version. Light yellow low but lasting creamy head. Clear dark red brown body. Aroma of burned barley malt with notes of plucs caramel and alcohol. Alcohol dominted flavor of coffe and caramel. pretty vineous. A good deal of caronation. Pleasant and long aftertaste.
crossovert (6363) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
12 oz bottle, 2010 vintage.
It pours a beautiful, dark, deep red with a big white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.
It is fruity in the aroma with a predominance of raisins. There is some caramel and sugar scents as well.
The flavor is pretty sweet. It tastes like raisins and oxidized fruits. It isnít the most pleasant flavor, it is rather pungent and cloying.
Despite being a year old it still seems hot with alcohol.
I have had a lot of great barleywines/old ales lately and this one fell on itís face in comparison.
Serving type: bottle