VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Pours a dark amber with a thick off white head. Aromas of dark fruits and slight alcohol. Alcohol very apparent with dark fruits and slight hops. Full mouth feel with a warming alcohol finish. DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
draft at najas - my tastebuds may have been influenced by the IIPA i had previously...but the maltiness of this way fantastic. the more i drank it the more the hops came through. the hops werent there to add any bitterness, but simply to balance out the caramel malt, maple syrup and maybe brown sugar that the malts were providing. does alesmtih make a bad beer?? spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Dark fruits and slight alcohol stand out in the aroma.Pours a mahogany color with a medium off white head.Lots going on in the flavor,Hops,dark fruits and a good balance of sweetness and alcohol.Medium to full mouthfeel with a full well balanced finish. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
750mL bottle. Pours a hazy, orangish-amber color; off-white head with decent lacing. Chewy, wet-malt aroma: maple syrup and brown sugar. Full chewy mouthfeel: plenty of candy and brown sugar; grapefruit and citrus hops; well-balanced and dense. Long, chewy, vanilla and candy sugar finish. auto (163) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
alesmith old numskull red color, dark red burgundy small head, smells pretty good, tastes hella good its the number 1 so far
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007
strong hops aroma clear orange no foam orange, charcoal oak flavor. thick & alcoholy. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle cork & wire 2003: Pours a hazy orangey amber with an off white film for head; nice clarity. Aroma is chewy chocolatey malts, hints of spices: cinnamon, clove and mint. The flavor is nicely malty, but not as thick in body as I expected. Some spicy chocolatey notes. There’s residual peppery spicyness: cinnamon, mint leaves, gingery, light orange peel and a ton of alcohol. Solid profile, yet not too standout. Maybe needs some more age. I’ll re-visit this one. mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Dark chocolatey malt. Smooth and candy-like. Plenty of hops rounding out the back, but no distinct flavor shows itself. Sweet, some balancing bitterness. Middle of the road American barleywine. Probably suffers from juxtaposition with the HOTD Fred, which I just drank.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2007
2003 vintage. Pours a fairly thick and viscous consistency. Reveals a slightly hazy amber-burgundy color supporting a tight, dense bone-white head which gradually fades to a spotty film. No lacing noted. A rich, beautiful bouquet of hot melted caramel candy, fresh cookie dough and chocolate malt balls combined with a respectable hop contribution of grapefruit, tangerine and pine needle. For a west coast product you can surmise from the aroma profile this is not an overwheling "hop-bomb" as are many other Barley Wines from this area. Mouthfeel is just perfect for this style; thick, chewy, oily with a minimum amount of carbonation to keep it silky smooth. Flavor profile is admirably balanced between the malts and hops. Lots of Sugar Daddy caramel candy sweetness with some toasty malts all balanced nicely with a citrus/piney hop bitterness to even it all out. The 10% abv is not in the least obtrusive, barely making its presence known. One of the best balanced west coast Barley Wines I’ve had the pleasure to sample. pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle - 2004: Dark clear copper with not much head. This is interesting in light of the fact that many of the other ratings report medium to large heads!?! The aroma is dominated by hops and alcohol accompanied by oak, bread, peaches, light berries and raisins. Other flavors beside the rich hops were Sheepherder’s Bread from Bishop, CA and brown mustard. The feel is thick and syrupy with a strong bitter aftertaste. This brew aged quite well and I think it could have even been better a year later . . . This was the last to go from my Secret Santa in July 06! Thanks man!