Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand-bottled from tap: Deep ruby-red and brown. Hints of bubblegum in the nose. Sweet malts with a big and cozy toasted quality. Interlaced aromas of Belgian candi sugar and grassy hops. Lesser notes of dark fruit. Also, sweet and ripe fruit skins, such as plum, apricot and pear. Healthy bitterness (plants, flowers, grass), especially in the aftertaste, where it merges with warming alcohol. Quite flavorful. Has a mature, mellow complexity about it.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[2006 Lucky Labrador Barley Wine & Big Beer Festival]
4oz Taster – This was a dark amber color brew with a very light foamy head. Liked the sweet flavors and the dryness that was given off. This was a very well taken care of brew. This has aged well and has a flavor that will only improve with time. Loved that it felt like a light Barley wine. No such thing but it sure did not have a heavy flavor which I am happy for.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is as good as they come. Wonderful texture on the palate, full of peachy fruit flavors, that are very layered, ranging back and forth between the sweet malt character and the sweet sweet hoppiness. Brown sugar, and cinnamon with an almost wine like finish.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at brewery. Chestnut colored concoction with a light opacity. Orange-red colors when backlit. Modest off-white to tan head fades to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Layered aromas, plummy, figs, malt, perhaps slightly oxidized. Medium bodied with a lower carbonation level, served rather cool, flavors and aroma pick up as the beer warms. Malty and plumlike flavor with a hop bitterness that balances nicely. Menus states this is 22 months old so I assume this was brewed in ’03.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 Vintage. On tap at the Blue Monk on the Portland Barleywine Long Haul Tour. Pours a hazy mahogany with a short lived white head. A very sweet roasted caramel latte-like aroma drifts over mixing with a sweet and strong brown sugar smell. I didn’t catch it at first, but after a few wiffs you pick up a vinegar aroma kinda kickin it on the rim of the glass. Taste starts thick and sweet with caramel running throughout the flavor. Hints of brown sugar and turned wine creep out now and again. Hint of smoke in the finish along with a big ol band of hops to balance out the sweetness.