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 (21511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2009
Vintage 2007, 2 years old; got it through a generous tradedrpimento (3814) - 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.
ads135 (5207) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 18, 2012
A nice barleywine, dominantly plum and alcohol, but traces of raisin and toffee. Thin and deep reddish brown. Bought in Juneau at the 4 IGERT workshop. DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bomber. 2011 batch. A dark amber brew with a rich nose of plums, alcohol, leather, and something earthy. Everything about this is delicious...rich and boozy, sweet without being cloying, hoppy but only as an accent, and finishes like a warm bath. Yum. jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. 2008 vintage. Boozy in a good way, with vanilla, caramel, dark fruits and a little oak. Pretty darn awesome. CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
2008 edition in a bomber from Whole Foods Seattle South Lake Union. Pours rich, dark ruby, bordering on dark brown or black, moderate beige head with some retention and good lacing. Aromas of brown and caramelized sugar, citrus rind, figs, plums, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. Flavour develops dark fruit, sweet spice, piney hops, some tree fruit right at the beginning and a long, warm, boozy finish dried out with bittering hops. Fairly creamy mouthfeel with balanced carbo. Excellent. beerbaaron (1997) - Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2011 vintage. Deep dark walnut. Small off-white head. Aroma is rich, very malty, carmely, a little dark fruity, a little boozy. First sip..wow, excellent. Big, full body, sweet, some roastiness, syrupy. Flavor is malty, caramel, dark fruit. Balanced, Well done.