Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured an amber color with a large bubbly white head. The aroma contains some alcohol, bread, lemons, and brown sugar. The flavor has a sour presence but is mostly sweet with some brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, and a hint of citrus. Overall a nice barleywine.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 bottle caged and corked. Pours and medium dirty brown color with fast leaving white head as it warms. To be honest, this is not a good looking brew, lots of suspended yeast floaties. Aroma of ripe fruit, malt, light brown sugar, and mango. The taste was the same with fizzy lively carbonation. Good sweetness in the finish. Decent light and easy drinking BW. Different but good. Glad I have more to lay down.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. above average tan fizzy head (some lasting) into cloudy brown body with almost no lacing present. aromas of ripe fruit, brown sugar, hops, alcohol, and some vinousness. flavor is a subdued light bitter sweet throughout. above average carbonation. short to moderate finish duration. moderate texture. not as big or powerfull as expected but still quite enjoyable.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle: Pours a transparent amber ruby with a wispy-lacing froth of off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and fresh grapefruity hops with a touch of alcohol. Starts fairly full and sweet with an earthy resiny piny bittering and flavor hop balance toward a drier bittersweet finish. Pretty well-balanced and crisp. This should age pretty well.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a ruby color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, astringent, and citrus hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, fruity, astringent, with a bitter woody earthy finish.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 corked and wired bomber. Pours hazy dark copper colored. Hiighly carbonated with a large, long lasting, frothy, tan head. Aroma is very much in the English style with relatively low hops and lots of bready, doughy malts, caramel, dark fruits, and syrupy alcohol. I can easily see this evolving to the tropical fruity aromas and flavors of the aged 2006 version. Flavor is malty with some sweet molasses and fruit character but balances quite dry and a little hot yet. Full bodied and very smooth with full, soft carbonation and deep warmth. Overall, an excellent example of an English barleywine. Bottle-conditioned, it should age very well.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a clear red copper with smooth fresh sweet malt aroma. smooth strait palate with mild finish. mild sweet malts, and very good. new batch strait from the brewer, hand bottled, can’t beat that.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: March 31, 2006
Source: Barley’s, NC
Appearance: clear dark amber, thin beige head
Aroma: sweet fruit aroma, lots of sweet fruits
Flavor: rich fruity flavor with just the right amont of sweetness, great chatacter
Overall: an excellent english barley wine right out of the gate
Date: April 11, 2008
Score: 3.8 to 4.0
Appearance: clear dark red, fine beige head, scattered drippy lace
Aroma: light sweet dark caramel aroma with a lot of fruity character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich dark caramel flavor, lots of fruity character, brown sugar sweetness, just enough sweetness from the dark caramel to bring out the fruityness, just enough earthy bitterness for balance
Overall: best batch yet, this will be tremendous with additional age
Date: May 24, 2008
Source: cellar party
Aroma: more fruity character coming through on the aroma
Flavor: more earthyness in the flavor cuting back on the fruityness, long bitter finish
Overall: bottle especially needs age
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Barley’s in Asheville, NC. Attractive hazy ruby color with foamy off white head that laced the glass. Fruity nose reminiscent of raspberry, sprucy hops, and alcohol. Sweet up front, but not cloyingly so, again with a hint of raspberry, dried cherry, and alcohol. Tangy finish. Tasty.
NachlamSie (2915) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draught. Hellbender is a rich ruby color with a thick white head. I wasn’t really expecting the fullness of the hops. They were quite nice and foresty over the rich caramel and berry notes. Nicely aromatic brew. There’s a great balance of pine, citrus, caramel, juicy berries, a bit of wood and barley all of which culminates to finish dry and slightly puckering. Very nice!