Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
rusty brownish red with a small light brown head that fades fast.nice aroma of cotton candy,smoke,pine hops,and alcohol.the flavor is a mix of the aroma.very nice and pretty balanced considering how young it is.i think some time would mellow out the alcohol,although it would do the same to the hops which really give it a nice flavor now. 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! jrob21 (3663) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Deep opaque purple almost black. Big port wine and plum flavors with a full bodied and sweet finish. Finally got a chance to try this one and am really glad I did. This is one of the smoothest, most well rounded and balanced bw I think Iíve ever had. Complexity was a little lacking but as far as straight bwís go, this one was it. Anybody want to send me anymore? BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2008
Bottle: Pours a ruby red color with a nice light head and good lacing. The nose is very bready with lots of nuts and fruit, sweet maple and caramel with vanilla, peat, and light bourbon notes. Spicy subtle herbal hops as well. The flavor is sublime, so balanced with a full bodied malty mouthfeel, nice sweet syruppy notes but not cloying. Very balanced. Low alcohol notes up front, a touch more in the back. Excellent fruity bread note. Amazing balance and quaffability. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Appearance: A dark amber with a nice head. The head subsites to a respectible sudsy ring.
Aroma: Caramel malt and brown sugar at first. Then some fruits such as green apple, red apple, and green pear. Perhaps some spice too; nutmeg or cinnamon, but very faint. I am not sure, but I am thinking some of the tart and aromatic fruits I am smelling can be attributed to the hops. While this beer is too huge to be labeled balance, the sweetness and bitterness co-exist quite perfectly in this beer.
Taste: Brown sugar and the fruits mentioned in the aroma. Lots of apple and pear going on. After that initial burst of flavor, I get a mouthful of spicy and slightly bitter hops. Has a small booze finish.
Mouthfeel: Thick, not too sticky, prickly, and warm.
Overall: Exactly what I look for in a barleywine. I like it too be packed with barley, but I also love the large amounts of hops.I will do my very best to save one bottle for a year or two from now.
Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - JAN 19, 2009
dark red purple body with a slightly orange head. smell the alcohol in this easily enough, a lot of fruit, strong pine and is that coffee or do i need to clean my house? some orange juice in the nose too. spiced hop flavors hit me first then some dark fruits and apricot. enjoyable finish of herbal citrus and sugared candy. the alcohol is not hidden, but is not overwhelming. i like the thickness of the mouthfeel. a good beer all around, iím definitely picking more up.
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22oz bottle. Pours mahogany with a small tan ring ring of lacing. Aroma is of hops, caramel, cough syrup, sugar, and malt. Taste has a big hop bite. Itís always nice to have a barley wine with a nice, big oily hop presence. Has a delicious caramel malt backbone with lots of sugar, grass, chocolate, and cough syrup. Could do without the medicinal taste. Mouthfeel is medium and very sticky. Goes down easy to the carbonation. Finish is insanely hot, almost peppery. I donít normally expect so much hop character, cough syrup, and grass from a barley wine, but it was different and thatís what made it so damned good. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to Ditmier. Pours a dark reddish brown with about a finger of head. Nose......aaahhh the nose.. Sweet caramel, toffee, some wood, and rainbows. The taste is like drinking liquid sunshine. Above notes with some dark fruit, molasses, and a nice alcohol presense. This is the bottle that has made me realize I dont have near enough barley wines in my refrigerator. Damn is that good. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Big thank you to ericandersnavy. Honey, wood, and alcohol, yum. Very smooth. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2013
2008 bottle, picked up at Bottleworks this morning when the line to get into Hard Liver was too long for me to accept. Beautiful dark fruit -- figs, dates -- and caramel on the aroma. Soft, mellow, and sexy. Pours dark, murky tamarind brown with a finger of off-white head that dissipates to a ring. Sweet, fruity, some oxidation. Caramel notes come through more as it warms, but everything is very harmonious. Soft, silky mouthfeel, soft carbonation, full body. This is a delight to sip -- Iím impressed.