Kevin (2201) - 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, i’m definitely picking more up.
5 8 8 4 18 BeerBunker (966) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2009
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. It’s 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 don’t normally expect so much hop character, cough syrup, and grass from a barley wine, but it was different and that’s 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. mcberko (18956) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours orangey amber with a tiny head. Fantastic aroma of toffee, caramel and some subtle dark fruit notes. Flavour follows accordingly with the toffee / caramel dominating, and featuring quite a sweet palate (but not too much). Slight alcohol kick at the end, but the ABV is well-worked. A most excellent barley wine.
Prufrockstar (2259) - 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 -- I’m impressed. budznsudz (584) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours dark reddish brown with a cream colored head of foam. Aroma is candied figs, dates, and dark fruity malt. Taste is deep malty goodness. Dates, figs, and dark fruit dominate the palate with caramel and oak nuances. Light carbonation and easy drinkability. Very nice barleywine. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Pours a clear ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma has dark and candied fruits, mild bitterness, and almost an oaky note. Flavor follows suit and adds a very mild vanilla and a hint of booziness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a fruity/earthy bitter robust and warming finish. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a finger of latte foam which falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Spotty lace. This beer smells chewy, like toffee and bubble gum and sweet caramel. They talk about the hops being added for balance, malarky - this malty with english influence. It smells beautiful for a fresh barley wine IMO.
Malt, cola, hints of burnt sugar and stone fruits. This beer has me at first taste. I have had this a few times, almost always with a year or three on it. This beer leaves the shelves in this area, and now I realize why, it’s great fresh! Malty and sweet with a slight bitter/dry tone, it hides the alcohol like an opaque condom as it slides down my throat. Off-full bodied with moderate carb, the finish is semi dry and inviting.
Really a nice beer. I have a hard time telling folks about this beer, as it’s a nice hidden PNW secret.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2012 furthur (1229) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Decent dark cream head over beer the color of dark rum. Aroma apple and lychee, caramel, plum, spruce. Flavor plum, cola, spice, spruce, booze, cherries, apple, bruleed grapefruit. A bit sweet, but big flavors here and decent alcohol kick. Higher than average carbonation, decent viscosity. Finish is bitter sweet.
PS; I had to re-rate. This is sweet, but really very good. One of my favorites.