BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Joebrew for sharing this 2006 vintage. Hazy orange beer with faint white head and plenty of sediment floating about. Sweet rich caramel malt nose and some very faint citrus. Definite citrus hop in the body what does a good job of balancing the malty sweetness. Bitter finish. Nice to have another barley wine with something to differentiate it from the pack.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of an awesome trade with larry_pitonka. 2006 vintage Pours a murky muddled orange tinged earthy brown, with no head. Lots of orange like citrus as well as very sweet malt on the nose, accomanied by a hint of heat. Very full creamy mouthfeel with a good amount of citrus. The alcohol is definately there, but the citrus hoppiness smooths it out into a very nice finish. Very nice beer, but I think I should have waited longer for it to mellow a touch more.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, 2006 vintage, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a hazy, honey-orange color; off-white, tiny head. Dense, chewy hop and candy sugar aroma. Medium-to-full, viscous mouthfeel: dense sugary malts and a warming alcohol presence; good citrus hop character balancing things out; just not complex or intricate enough to justify the alcohol. Lengthy, candy sugar and warming alcohol finish.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle, 2006 Vintage) Hazy amber body topped by small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange/pine, caramel. Taste is mild sweet, grapefruit/pine, some caramel, alcohol. Fairly dry finish. Fairly smooth medium-full body.
bhensonb (13850) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Splendid aroma of alcolhol, fruit, floral hop, and malt. The overall effect is of fermenting fruit. Beautiful orange tinged amber color. White head that didn’t last. Medium body, very light carbonation. A bit chewy. The alcohol is definitely present, some toffee, stone fruit (something like brandied fruit with the alcohol) sweetness. The main and saving feature is that each sip provides a burst of fruit. The finish is fairly dry, and there does seem to be some of that advertised smokey undertone. There is even enough bitter to overcome the residual sweetness.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
NorCal tasting June ’07 - A pretty average, run-of-the-mill barleywine here. Aroma is wet paper, lightly medicinal, malty with an odd fresh linen smell. Amber in color, white head, decent lacing. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Flavor is mostly malty, with a bit of fruits dancing around. Light vanilla notes too. Not a horrible barleywine, and it didn’t give me that overloaded feeling after drinking some of it. It could be a lot more complex, but it’s nothing awful.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark copper with a small off-white head. Aroma is almost like a Hair of the Dog beer with it’s cake-like malt aromas. Brown sugar, maple syrup, butterscotch, balanced by a bitter pine. Taste is a mix of the same sweet malt taste, but even more grapefruit hops, almost kinda soapy in a way. Finishes lightly hot with the flavor of burnt hops. Bitterness lays on the throat forever. Full mouthfeel, albeit a little slick. Nice malt flavors and aromas, but the hops seem too separate, and I don’t like what they do in this beer. Worth trying.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coppery clear rust body. Thin soapy off-white head. Sweet sticky hops over wheat crackers. Light perfume. Smells a like it is on the bitter end of the scale. Nice rich bitterness in a sweet background for moving the needle closer to the middle of balance. But the bitterness is nice and rich, along with some whisky and grass character. It has a nice natural complexity. Good overall.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Jason for sharing.
off orange to copper color w/ a full thick white head w/ some thick lacing. Smell is quite nice some hot hop flower a bit of alcohol and some nice carmels, a hint of strawberry and grass. Palate is well coated and full a little bit creamy. Flavor starts out nice but finishes a bit hot (alcohol) and overly piney. The starting flavor is some light fruits some grapefruit and strawberry w/ a good amount of carmel. A little age might make this very nice.
after4ever (7490) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 12-oz. Pours a still-looking dark coppery amber with a somewhat weak-looking and thin off-white head. Lots of clingy lace. Disappointingly restrained nose--have to really dig in to pick up faint whiffs of red tree fruit and caramel. Moderate attack; slightly oily body, light carb, and assertive flavors. Nothing earth-shattering for a BW. Mid-palate is a nice mix of tangy, husky malty caramel and some nuttiness that seems to come out of the meld with the piney hop. Big tangy caramel and bitter pine finish. Liking it, but not jumping up and down.
Re-rated August 08 from a 1998 bottle. 10 years on it from the time of Fal’s employ is definitely the way to drink this beer, and the numbers apply only to this part of the notes.
Crystal clear dark amber. Headless, laceless. Big soy, biscuit, and dark wood nose. Big oily flat body. Super woody mid-palate. Bitter resin, tobacco, and leather too. Long woody finish. Wood, tobacco, and leather aren’t the newest additions to a well-aged barleywine’s flavor profile or anything, but this is beautifully crafted, delicious, and deserves a ton of credit.