mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
This is one Bad Ass BW. I like it!! It’s hoppy. It’s not too sweet. I will buy more and cellar it. Imagine what it will taste like in 10 years! If I can wait that long. After sipping on this awhile I was trying to decide if this beer deserves a 5 star rating. Everything about it makes you want more! I say yes. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 22 oz bottle via Liquid Sol. 2007 vintage. Pours a dark brown w ruby accents and a large beige head. Nose is toffee and candyish with some floral hops. It tastes just like it smells but is hoppier than expected. An explosion of toastiness and citrus and earthiness leaves me wanting more of it all in it’s aftermath. This is a perfectly balanced barleywine...sweet, then hoppy, then sweet, then hoppy...mmm.mm....delightful and complex. Body is full, carbonation is just right. I wish i had another bottle or two to age! More..more..more..why did i only buy 1 botte? ANd now they are sold out of course...FRAAAAAAAAKKKK!! World class stuff++. Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Happy 2010! I drank my 2008 vintage to bring in the new year.
Aroma- Very rich aroma, dark fruit (dates and figs) and bread crust. Very inviting
Appearance- Ruby color with brilliant clarity. Foamy head with long retention.
Taste- High sweetness, but nicely aged. Medium-spicy phenols, rich, but not cloying. Malt flavor is huge, and hop flavor and bitterness are low. Very very tasty.
Palate- For a barleywine, palate doesn’t get better. Everything about the palate makes you want to drink more.
Overall- This is definately in the running for top commercial barleywine ever. The DFH old school BW was my favorite up to now, but now, it’s a tie. I think aging it is the key. This one was a year old, but I could see 3 or 4 years being awesome. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Big thanks to Old Mr. Crow for this one. Pours turbid deep brownish ruby with 1-finger khaki head and nice concentric lace rings. For a beer this big, the lace stayed around for a while. The nose was fruity, with strawberry, blueberry, cherry, heavy malt, hops, and some perfumy florals. The palate was rich, hefty, complex, and not hot at all, with flavors of big fruit and berries, heavy caramelly malt, hops, and some late chocolate notes. Not only is this one of the best barleywines I have yet quaffed, but it is one of the best beers as well. An early contender for Doc Lock Beer of the Year status. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2005
02.19.05 Red-brown-amethyst pour with creamy foam. Hugely balanced, this is a barleywine that all others may aspire to be. Great PNW hop profile is offset by plenty of biscuity, sticky, earthy, figgy malts. A real highlight of the trip, I just wish they hadn’t run out so quickly.