tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh citrusy hops over a round malt sweetness with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Brilliantly clear amber brown body is topped by a decent tan head that recedes to a partial cover with slight lace. Plenty of fruity esters over sweet malts and citrusy hop flavour. Bitterness creeps in and is quite pronounced and lingering. Alcohol is very present in the flavour and is quite warming as well. Medium body with very creamy texture and pleasant, lightly pointy carbonation. Snifter. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Brewery Creek, Mar-08).
jonno (2092) - JAPAN - AUG 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 very bold but easy drinking beer. Gotta be careful been caught a couple of times with this one. Very hoppy and a bit syrupy. Seems a little unrefined but a tasty drop none the less.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet sugary/hoppy nose. Some citrus/pine/floral notes + caramel toasty and some fruity malt notes. Well rounded aroma, very enjoyable. Another beautiful beer - copper, bright filtered, awesome head retention and awesome lace. Fuck yeah hoes. Full of fruity hops - grapefruit and citrus, floral notes - toasted malts, caramel, light iced tea, lots of lingering bitter hops. Smooth and well bodied with solid drinkability all things considered. Yes.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap of the 2001 vintage, sampled at the Tornodo in December 2002. Ruby color with a tan head that quickly laced. Deep fruit (cherries and plums) and caramel aroma and flavors. A fine barley wine.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very enjoyable barleywine to say the least! A nicely balanced attack of hops and malt in the nose AND on the palate. There’s a citrusy grapefruit hoppyness to it that I found enjoyable with a clean finish. Not sweet at all like the barleywines I enjoy, but it is interesting to see a different angle on this style.
OldMrCrow (1698) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear orange with a moderate white head. The aroma is raisin, sweet grapefruit, some vinous notes; the flavor is caramelly but not too sweet, lots of nice citrus, a bit of cardboard oxidation, some dried fruit, a well-balanced hop finish that I prefer to some of the overhopped Californian barleywines. The mouthfeel is astonishingly quaffable - very little hint of the 10.2% (I would have guessed more like 8%), not too sticky, dangerously easy to drink.
This is a simple barleywine; there’s not a lot of complexity underneath and it certainly doesn’t bring the malts out to any sizable degree. Perhaps that explains the low average that it seems to be pulling here on this site. But I like it; I really like it. This is a very drinkable beer, a session barleywine if such thing exists; it reminds of many of the Californian renditions of an American Strong Ale. but more drinkable. Think any of the Lagunitas limited releases, but much better balanced. It could easily serve as a house beer for me.
Marsiblursi (2974) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours beautiful dark copper red. Fruity, hoppy and caramelly aroma with some smaller notes of floral-ish perfume and a nice acetone like alcohol warmth. Some apples and canned pears. A bit sugary but rather fresh nose. Sweet malty and hoppy flavour with notes of fruits, caramel, light fudge and a nice, fiery alcohol warmth in the flavour as well. Clean, sweet mouthfeel but never cloying. Some floral bitterness in the finish. Medium to full body.
OldGrowth (2415) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, from trade with jasonmech77. Great aroma, sweet. citrus, alot of orange some lemon lime. caramel/toffee/brown sugar. Clean brownish orange color (classic copper actually) Small head that faded quickly to a ring, little to no lacing. Bittersweet flavor. Some of the aroma is in the flavor, but gets bitter. Citrus turns more grapefruit. ABV makes it hot. Still sweet as I roll it on my tongue. Thick body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very nice, gave me a flash back to when I had their IIPA at the Toronado many years ago. I got a drying on the finish that reminds me of how a hop flowers tastes. Excellent really, IMO
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle. Lovely translucent cherry caramel with a grey glacial sheaf on top. Aroma speaks of unadulterated pleasure. Figs piping with amaretto liquor, brandy flambé wit black cherries and plums, pistachios succumbing to Russian vodka and almond butter to seal the deal. Flavorful first sip catches amaretto and maple gloss amidst a fierce plum dimension. Dark fruited cherries come alive in the mouth and cause a glow to the esophagus tubing. Pistachios encapsulated by brandy butter sauce and transitory crème brulee. Rose petal honey floral sweetness circumvents the black cherry vat marriage to caramel liquor. Full bodied and ripe, with a crisp, sweet, citric and aged hop bitterness that wins the dark fruit vintage race and the west coast hop allegiance award. Finish dries out with some harsher Chinook-esque bitterness to seal in the cherry almond wax au caramel. Thanks much for the bottle, tpkenned!
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Vintage. Courtesy of Skyview. Copper color with no head. Big caramel aroma. Very sweet malt and caramel taste. Plenty of hops to keep the sweetness from being overpowering, but not enough to turn it into a malty IPA. The hops do taste a little on the raw, leafy end of the spectrum. Quite nice.