madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
10th October 2008. GABF. 2007 vinatge. Dry palate - not in a good way as it’s a saccharine sort of dryness. Sweet malt up to the mid when bitterish hop finish. Would have been better without that icky dryness.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught, 2007 vintage) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, toffee, apricot, and orange. Flavor of caramel, cherry skins, candi sugar, and mild hops (floral, grass) with a dry finish.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 2007, at the brewpub in Stevenson. Bright amber colour. Chewy aroma - a little crystal, earth, balanced woody/grapefruity hop. Flavour lets down a bit....quite bitter to the point of imbalance. Some chewy crystalness, butnot with the same degree of nuance as other WM brews. Alcohol is surprisingly not apparent but I could have used some of that to cut through the cloying finish. This actually should be much better by the time Hard Liver ’08 rolls around.
@ Hard Liver ’06Beautiful bright orangey-amber colour. Soapy, perfumey hop with shallow brown sugar malt. Sort of light body, with hints of brown sugar, caramel malts and a shade of hoppy dryness. Not horrible, but certainly nothing special. 6-3-7-3-13 = 3.2
daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to buckeyeboy! Reddish tinged, brown pour. Caramel, spicy hops, citrus, toffee, brown sugar nose. Flavor is sweet a bit boozey and hoppy. Damn good beer.
JorisPPattyn (7680) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-brown beer under a yellow head. Wood, US hops, but restrained, cashews, orange- or mandarinepeel. Wry, sweet-bitter in an excellent balance. Slick, viscuous, chewy, wry-woody in the mouth. Excellent beer sustaining the fame of its brewers.
after4ever (5859) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Uber. Pours a cloudy and very bright medium orange with a dense but rather thin and short-lived dun-colored head. Big fragrant oranges and orange peel nose, really gets you set up from the start for a hop monster. Dense, creamy body, but not sticky, really. Plenty of carb but not at all fizzy. The mid-palate is just an eruption of nice tangy malt sweetness, lots of oranges, caramel, sugared dates, very much a Christmas morning beer. The hop bomb thing never really comes through as finishing bitterness, though--it’s pretty much all malty sweetness with some acidic citrus over the top, and then no oily resin at the end. A very nice and approachable west coast style BW that packs all the sweetness and smoothness of a British. Nicely done.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a snifter and at near room temp: Poured a beautiful mahogany hue with an initial fizzy head which laid to a small ring and some oily coating on the glassware
The nose detects heavy carmelized malt, candi sugar, and a hint of molasses at the forefront followed by notes of ripened apricots, fig, and starfruit. Spicy esters of anise and clove also come about for a visit, even some smoked peated malt come out to play, COOL!
The taste starts extremely malty and a bit of the olde oxidation that I ENJOY in a traditional English styled barleywine but then under it all is a noticeable smack of PNW hop character of bitter bite and cloves. Throughout it all is that underlaying fruit twang. Finishes with some alcohol warming but not really too powerful. I really dig the flavor profile once my palate adjusted.
The mouth feel is oily and lush but a hop bite kept it refreshed.
Overall a tasty hybrid, part traditional and part new world PNW. It works for me, get ya some.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hard Liver 08. Dark orange brew with nice lacing and lasting head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, citrus, and some buttery malts. Initial sweet grainy malts, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, vanilla, and a little plasticy to me too. Hops come through as earthy and floral. Creamy smooth body with a ton of booze.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ the brewery in Stevenson: Auburn, pellucid, nice head and creamy lacing. Nose of strong alcohol and sweet caramel. Boozy and sweet with a very bitter aftertaste. Unbalanced and hot, but this is setup for some amazing potential with oak aging, maybe 5 years?
BrewDad (4601) - Olympia, 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.