drewbeerme (3921) - 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 pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2008
bottle thanks to holdenn for sharing at P4...... pours a dark caramel brown with a thin film of light brown head.... aroma of dark fruit and lots of caramel malt.... it tended to be a little hot and had a heavy emphasis on the caramel malt. it finished a little bit on the bitter side....this one could use a little age to make it better. dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle from Cornboys 2nd Barleywine blind. Pouurs a murky brown with a good sized(for a BW) tan head. Aroma of raisin, brown sugar and caramel. Flavor is even sweeter then the aroma lets on and finishes very dry. elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Courtesy of OldMrCrow. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a slight head. Aroma is mostly vanilla and caramel. Tastes of caramel, wood, nut, and a bit of malt. Finishes with a nice alcohol presence. The palate is mostly sugary and spicy. Thanks Carl. egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Poured a lightly hazy, red-amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla, dried fruits, oak, some floral, and citrus, with a bit of alcohol. Taste of much of the same, with nuts, and a bit more alcohol in the finish.
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2008
1st beer on a 29 bottle blind BW tasting. Poured a clear copper color with an off-white head. Light aged malt. Mild sweetness with raisins and plums. Mild brown sugar notes. the flavor was malty and sweet. Piny hop middle to the finish. Moderate bitterness with some warmth in the throat. Alocohol shows in the nose. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Pours mahogany with a ruby hue, and barely translucent when held to the light.
A humble half-inch head of dense beige stuck around for several minutes, revealing some decent smears of clingy lacework.
Aromatics are a balance of dark fruit, fresh malt, and nougat-like caramel.
Doughy, figgy, and ripe with citrus spritzed juicy malt.
The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and tacky. Not too heavy, but substantial for a barleywine.
A firm, drying bitterness leads off the pallet in tandem with spruce-spiked fruit and fresh, clean malt essence.
Alcohol steps forward, but quite mildly and there is no heat.
Finishes with some lingering residuals, bitterness, and caramel malt.
A terrificly balanced and substantial barleywine, albeit a bit sweet and young.
Maybe a couple of years on it’s side in the cellar will help dry her out.
BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Thanks to skyview for this. dMassive hops on the nose of this cloudy brown beer. Sweet carmel malt flavor with plenty of hops. A little warm right now so could use some time in a cellar. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2008
22oz bottle, Vintage 2007. Thanks KP. Medium brown color. Sweet aroma, hints of well balanced Winter Warmer. Hints of new tires. Flavor is sweet. Bitterness in the finish but still flows with residual sweetness. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15 Bottle: Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel and citrus notes, earthy. Flavor, caramel and brown sugar up front, some earthy citrus notes towards the end. A nice sweetness to it, balancing hops. Good stuff.