Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle from 5000. Pours a dark ruby color with no head. Aroma of cherries,light caramel,and earth. The flavor was the same with a nice hop presence. Thick, rich, and chewy. This is some good stuff here. Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2008
on tap in Tacoma, Wahington. The quintessential barley wine in aroma, color, body, taste, mouthfeel, finish, balance. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
Rated twice within 2 months, went with the higher rating. Great big maltiness with a descent hop kick. Some toffee and even hints of light smokiness, but mostly tastes like a rich malty DIPA. Delicous. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2008
Ruby brown pour with a thin off-white head. Big malty nose with a flavor that is rich and lightly smoky, full of caramel malts and sweetness. Nice hop balance. Full mouthfeel. Very tasty. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2008
2007 vintage, 22oz. bomber. Pours a nice clear dark garnet with a two finger creamy biege head and spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet caramelly malts, brown sugar, ripe dark fruits, vanilla and light citrus in the background. Flavor brings all that along, with more caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla and dark fruits, warming but not alcoholic. Wow, between this and Arctic Devil, Alaska just might be my favorite barleywine spot in the world! Can’t wait to try both with some age on them...
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2008
22oz bottle shared with the Chi-Town crew. Spicy hop profile in front of a thick, malty base on the nose. Some floral notes and a touch of soap. Pours dark ruby/copper with light spotty lacing. Nice balance of syrupy caramel malt and spicy hops. Touch of alcohol hotness. Lush and creamy on the palate. Slightly syrupy but in no way distracting. Lengthy hoppy finish. Thanks Matt! kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
22 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a beautiful garnet red body with a great tight bubbled beige head. Very light lazy carbonation. Nice big full nose of juicy citrus hops and heavy toasted and caramel malt. Super well balanced, smells like a great candidate for aging. Wow, the flavor is just as well balanced. Big but not overpowering hops, full thick caramel malt without being sticky. A little retro-nasal alcohol fumes, but not a whole lot of alcohol flavor. This might be the best West Coast Barley Wine ever. Never crosses the line into Double IPA, just an aggressively hoppy Barley Wine. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, full bodied but not cloying or sweet. Perfect soft super-fine carbonation, just enough to keep it lively but not fizzy or thinning. Overall, this was just a dream for me, tailored just to my tastes . Delicious stuff! Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
This was a fantastic barleywine. Nice and balanced and a great treat to have for the cooler months. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
22oz bottle 2007 vintage sampled at An Evening with Pantanap #4. Pours a mahogany brown with a beige head. Aromas are slightly muted and barely perk up as it warms to reveal caramels, toffee, and hops. Lots of fruit and malt flavors. Red fruits, caramel, toffee. Sweet but balanced with charred malts and fruity hops in the finish. Good beer, but I expected a little more. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 22oz bottle. 2007 vintage. sampled at P4 and shared by holdenn, pours dark ruby with beige creamy head. a malty aroma with alcohol and toffee. i was expecting more hops in the nose. flavors are malty, tobacco, toffee, grapefruit hop notes. pretty nice but i think it could use a few years of age.
22oz bottle 2007 vintage, aged almost 3 yrs. this has aged well and melding better than fresh, mild oxidation starting, really drinkable and good stuff but just nothing mind blowing and we had 07 Arctic Devil after this which blew it out the water. 3.8