mrhoppy (1288) - 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 (10689) - 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 (2654) - 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.
vferg (17) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Amazing beer. Flavor was intense, and very shocked at how drinkable it is at this point. This is one I plan to hold onto for years to come but with it tasting as well as it did now I hope I dont run through them all early. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 2, 2008
22oz bottle thanks to pantanap, big thanks Kan. Beautiful mahogany color. Awsome aroma as well. lots of dark malts and fruits, very rich. Real good bitterness up front to go with the luxurious maltiness . Just got better as it warmed, a truly outstanding Barleywine. yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2009
Pours deep brown with suggestion of amber, tan head that is thick & luscious. Retains well.
Aromatics are pleasant with fresh bread dough, clean malt, walnuts, vanilla icing, & melted caramel. Fig newton cookies also.
Palate starts off with gentle, sweet malt, seeping through a creamy body/mouthfeel. Raisins and dark fruits are present, followed by lighter citrus tartness as it leads to the warm alcohol finish. Cherry cough drops come to mind, in a very good way. Alcohol is modest for this example of the style.
One of the best barleywines I have sampled. Enjoyed summer 2008 from a bomber purchased in Wasilla, AK. fiulijn (20515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2009
Vintage 2007, 2 years old; got it through a generous tradedrpimento (3639) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
It pours a dark color, almost black, with a creamy head. Intense malt aroma, caramel, chestnut honey, a bit nutty, and finally hops; perfumy, there is also very light vanilla and very light tobacco. Full bodied, it has a rich malt flavor, very sweet, almost syrupy, with sticky caramel and sweet nuts; perfect bitterness level, with some hidden hop qualities. The final is well balanced, with some warmth deriving from the alcohol, still sweet but with a darker shade of caramel.
Mature, bold; it has the malt intensity of a Thomas Hardy, more bitter, even if not extreme as other West Coast Barley Wines. Lovely.
Excellent brew! Served at a good temperature and with a nice, light tan, thick, foamy head and plenty of lace. Color is a clear, dark red amber. Aroma is malt, hop, fruit, taffy. Flavor is like nose, but with a lot more going on - malt sweet is on top with plenty of hop and yeast bitter under, then a little carbonic tang to complete the experience. Body is full and lush but with ever so slight bitter points. Carbonation is spot on. Finish is just as it should be for the style: long, boozy, and satisfying. One or two would be just right. Very well crafted product.