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 (10886) - 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 (2616) - 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!
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Barley’s, Asheville NC. Sticky, pine resiny aroma with a hint of grapefruit. Big flavors on grapefruit and some hints of blueberry and even some raspberry. Earthy finish. As it warms, hints of melon come out. Very fruity interpretation of the style.