BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Thanks to skyview for this. dMassive hops on the nose of this cloudy brown beer. Sweet carmel malt flavor with plenty of hops. A little warm right now so could use some time in a cellar. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2008
1st beer on a 29 bottle blind BW tasting. Poured a clear copper color with an off-white head. Light aged malt. Mild sweetness with raisins and plums. Mild brown sugar notes. the flavor was malty and sweet. Piny hop middle to the finish. Moderate bitterness with some warmth in the throat. Alocohol shows in the nose. dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle from Cornboys 2nd Barleywine blind. Pouurs a murky brown with a good sized(for a BW) tan head. Aroma of raisin, brown sugar and caramel. Flavor is even sweeter then the aroma lets on and finishes very dry. Stine (1782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2008
2007. Pours a very thin, transparent hue of chocolate brown, glinted red, topped with a resilient, tightly packed head of slightly brown cream. Reserved aroma offers a dual structure of orange marmalade and baked butter cookies; malt forward, while hops are vibrant and punchy in pine-laden accentuating quality. Sugary, dried pit fruits, golden tropical fruits, brown sugar, caramel; many layers of sweetness land quite thickly but with a uniform, bonded complexity. Definitely more a polished malty example that’s very youthful, but it really intimates a hop-forward example with a couple years on it. Pristine, clean malt flavor with a dry, sprucy hop oiliness beneath; burnt toffee, tannic fruit, baked rum cookies, dried fruit. Obviously young now. Lots of gin and zest character powering through in the mid palate with a sterilizing two punch of alcohol and hops. Raisin, savory brown sugar, honey, and plum lend a lot of depth to the sweetness and it’s never uninteresting, but it consistently seems stripped down for yeast presence or for any kind of rustic, spontaneous authenticity. Full body is glassy, and sugary; barely carbonated, showing molten spirit texture throughout. Filtration seems to dumb it down significantly, and it’s hard to project what benefit aging would produce. Finishes sticky and sweet with pine resin and dry fruity heat, and some raw alcohol flavor. While a bit synethic, the quality is there. Thanks Andre! Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008
The heaviness and lack of carbonation here is a little bit of a killer. Quite heavy body, with extreme amounts of caramel and sugar, almost tropical fruitiness, with waves of piney (and other) hops. Aroma is pretty hoppy (pine and grapefruit). Alcohol is 2.9% less (!) than the Pelican I had last night but this is way more boozy, strangely. Good, nbut not like the beer last night! Thanks to Jon for the bottle...
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2008
Thank you After4ever/Tom for this one! It’s a vintage 2007. The color is mahogany red and the head is huge, nice and creamy. The aroma has sweetness, notes of roasted malt, dark fruits, hops and light citrus. The flavour has sweetness, citrus hops, oranges, raisin, dark fruit, burnt sugar and the finish has light citrus. It’s nice, but there are even better ones out there... BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
22-oz bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours dark brown with a thin, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, bread, caramel), heavy hops (perfume, flowers), average yeast (earth, leaves) with notes of dates, alcohol, and cola. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a spicy-bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness; ends with a spicy alcohol bite. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 On 06/18/2011 as Alaska Barleywine. Clear copper body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet caramel and resiny hop aroma. Sweet caramel, fruit and resiny hop flavor. Medium full body with moderate carb. 7/3/7/3/15 3.5
Bottle at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Clear amber body with a small tan head. Big caramel and molassas aroma. Huge caramel and molassas flavor. Full body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/7/3/14 - 3.5 JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Sampled at the Hopsnobbery Collective barley wine tasting on 3.14.09. Clear amber in color with a thin beige head. Floral malt aroma with lots of sweetness. Malty flavor with some hop balance and more sweetness. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
I sampled this at the RBSG 2009 grand tasting. Thanks to whomever brought it.
Hoppy, malty, with a nice feel, this was a tasty beer.