DocLock (9500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Firkin at the brewery. Pours muddy medium brown color, with minimal head. The nose is great, a lot of caramel malt, figgy fruit, pear, apple, peach, plus solid hops, brown sugar, and slight cheddar cheese. Fairly dense palate, and very complex, with flavor notes of bready caramel malt, pear, apple, figs, hops, and some slight rauchy earthy notes. Some minor astringency and heat show up at the last dregs, but that just adds to this ones allure, in my opinion.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: oak, alcohol, tropical fruits, carmel malts, mustiness, and honey
Appearance: reddish brown, off-white head, lacing
Flavor: oak, mustiness, coconut, tropical fruits, some light sourness, light alcohol, and caramel
Palate: smooth, creamy, bubbly, oak and alcohol aftertaste, and some burnt malts
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours an amber reddish color with a medium brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, figs and brown sugar. Taste is pleasantly sweet with dark fruit being prominent and hints of caramel, brown sugar and bread. Excellent !! Alcohol was never noticeable in the taste.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub on 4/9/07: Pours a dark copper mahogany with a thin ring of white head. Sweet, complex fruity caramely malty aroma has a touch of butterscotch. Body starts thick, viscous and sweet with a touch of aged dark and light fruity complexity toward a slightly warming finish. A very nice barleywine.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6484) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a caramel-chestnut color with a small tan head. The aroma was ripe fruits and molasses. The flavor was sweet, tangy, fruity and bitter with hints of caramel and pear. There was a long sweet, fruity and tangy finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
8oz pour, cask. Pours a hazy, orange-amber appearance; fluffy, off-white head with beautiful retention and creamy lacing. Pleasant, maple syrup and dried dark fruits in the aroma; hints of a vanilla / marshmallow note. Light carbonation from cask. Impressively dense, viscous mouthfeel: tons of maple syrup and candy sugar; dried dark fruits (plums and raisins), with a light citrus hop presence balancing things out; velvety, mouthcoating barley wine; wonderfully drinkable from cask, no harshness. Lengthy, dried dark fruit and maple syrup finish.
jason (1829) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Great Big Barley wine! Almost orgasmic aroma. Great appereance, nice simple head. Long lasting palate and taste that made me sad when I finished my drink. I highly recommend this for any one who is a barley wine lover.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pretty good barly wine. Taste like bourbon cut with cream. nose is dominated by bourbon, malt and alcohol. Rasins are also present. copper brown color. creamy probably from nitrogen flavors reflect the nose lots of bourbon from the aging barrels, bit malt character, with rasins. the finish is still of bourbon, malt, and alcohol. definate warmer. very nice mouthfeel. almost silky
dpjuart (1101) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8/18/07 - Snifter at brewpub on cask.. Dark red/grape color with carmel head, thick and creamy. Nose of alcohol, raisin, a bit of carmel. Taste of malt, no real hop character. Raisin, carmel and breat/biscuit. Very nice alcohol warmth & bitterness at the end. I guess that’s the hops crisp bitterness. Good stuff.
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Mike for the nip Poured medium, mostly clear orange with looser bubbles riding the surface for head.. loved the coloration here. The aroma was strong and vibrant with candied toffee, pears, mangos, and green raisins.. sweet and warm with the alcohol only amplifying.. sweet and exciting The flavor had dry toffee, green raisins, and a candi sugar-ish sweetness with exotic fruit skin tartness almost in lieu of bitterness.. alcohol warms up the back-end and provides a peppery impression on the finish.. carried through light fruity sweetness and a little more raisin. Heavier-bodied with very low carbonation that helped coat the palate well.. moved slowly but surely through the mouth, becoming crisp at the end and finishing very well. I can’t tell you the last time I had a barley wine like this.. the fruity notes paired with an elaborate use of English toffee provided a welcome departure from everything else I’ve tried lately. I just wish it was available around here.