j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the release of Flaming Fury. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Sweet caramel on the nose, but not a lot of depth. Bitter finish with a good amount of grapefruit bitterness.
deyholla (6568) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from the bottle at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured murky yellow brown with a tan head. Aroma had a nice combination of malts and hops. Flavor was much more one note with sweet malts throughout giving a bit of a caramel flavor.
marcus (6419) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Pours copper with an attractive beige head and an intense fruity aroma. The flavor is sweet toffee that fades to bitter, with a warm alcohol trail.This is a pretty decent BW.
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 650 ml 2008 Vintage
Aroma rose berry aroma with raspberry tartness, sweet ending. Refreshing nose.7+
Appearance very nice appearance. Thick hazed amber with large bright white top. Good lace.
Flavor and Palate : Medium bodied, central berry sweets, mineral earthy side and finish. Light dryness from hop , slight tartness with it. Neat , refreshing and quiet drinkable for its strength. Easy going. Finished 650 ml by myself and was looking for more…
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a thin tan head. Smells of sweet malt, boozy, some raisins. Tastes of caramel and grassy with some fruity hints on the finish.
Plovmand (6348) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy amber pour with a medium off white head. The aroma is sweet fruit, sugar, caramel and toasted malt. The flavour is biscuits, sweet fruit, heavy toasted caramel and hops. Complex.
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared on the bus, RBSG. Orange-brown color with lace. Very carmelly, toffee, buttery aroma. Same in the flavor, but it has a sour edge to it as well, actually. Citrus, strong bitterness at the end. OK.
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles from 2007: Fiery amber, fairly clear, thin to moderate off-white head, a little sudsy, falls somewhat quickly, a few rings of lacing. Pale caramel aroma, citrusy, orange peel thats been candied I suppose. Very subtle hop presense. A little bright on the tongue, fiery, backed up with some biting citrus peel like bitterness. Has a sweet component, but is softer than the nose suggested. Malts are there, but are actually a bit on the thin side. Not alcoholic, to a degree, but certainly warming. Finish has an aerosol sort of tinge to it. Fusel alcohol perhaps. Body and mouthfeel are moderate, and for a 9.8% Barley Wine its not as big as one would expect. Not saying its thin, just not as chewy as you’d think. Lingering fusels, albeit somewhat minor. A little jab of citrusy sweetness exists as well. I’m pretty happy to be able to try this offering from Redhook, considering they grew up in my town. I just wished it were a little less hot, and certainly more meaty with regards to malts. Then I think you’d really have something. Otherwise, not bad, but could use a little bit of time to settle down but not too much as I think it would fall off quickly. Glad I have many others to share with local fans. Thanks brewandbbq for the bottles!
after4ever (6106) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Crystal clear bright caramel medium amber. Loose, creamy tan ring of foam. Big sweaty nose. Creamy medium body. Bitter, resiny wood shows up right off the bat. Tons of gym socks. Not much character other than the diacetyl and whatnot here.
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of a flight of 3 Barleywines/Strong Ales (along with R.J. Rockers Bell Ringer and Shipyard Pugsley Barley Wine), served a near room temp and in similar shaped snifters: Nice coppery hue with a fading head and not much lace. The aroma is rich caramel and bready malts, ripened fruit, spicy hops, some metallic and minty vapours, and an even stranger note of smoky wood. The butterscotch diacetyl fades quickly once poured. The taste is ripe fruits, rich caramel, bready malts and an acceptable amount of hop bitterness. Slightly astringent dryness and mineral quality about the finish actually helps clear away the sweetness. The mouth feel is smooth and a touch oily, quite drinkable for the ABV. A worth a try brew but you should let it aire out and warm before drinking. However this is NOT a barleywine worth cellaring IMO.