LinusStick (3530) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Aroma of malt and caramel. Pour was a dark brown with a nice 1 finger off white head. Tastes of alcohol, malt and molasses. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than most barley wines I’ve had but that’s a good thing. This has been aging about a year so there are some stronger malt notes present and the hops are coming through in the aftertaste. Most barley wines are too strong and alcoholic fresh. I’m glad that I cellared this for a bit hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 growler- dark brown amber, not that much carbonation or head. A lot of fruits, cherries, grapes, and some serious malt sweetness, caramel, candy sugar. super sweet and really smooth. Wow. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Huge thanks to jonboy for sharing this one with all of us at the Orlando gathering.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Pours a dark plum body with a khaki colored head. Aromas of plums, malts, sugar, caramel, candied sugar. Flavor is very sweet, with malts dominating. Palate is sticky, lightly astringent. FInish is sweet, and the hops come into the mix at this point. Warming at the end and throughout the fnish.
Pours a dark reddish color. Has some lacing. Has heavy hints of molasses, caramel, wood, malts, hops. Finishes with a thick molasses and hop taste on the tongue. CheesedMan (572) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
My liver hurts and I am now moving to San Diego. I might even sell my soul for more Ale Smith beers.
Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Starts with a standard barleywine aroma, sweet, with hints of fruit. I also noticed a hint of tannin lurking behind the sugary aroma. The beer itself is beautiful, it pours a dark amber so cloudy that you cannot see through it, with about a nice tight white head that leaves amazing lacing. Nice thick mouthfeel to it, with hints of sugar and dried fruits, with a long finish. The alcohol is hidden, but it can still be noticed. Overall, a really good Barleywine that I’m hoping to be able to snag a couple more bottles to cellar. brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Had at AleSmith brewery. Excellent name for this brew. Excellent barley wine, thick, poured a deep orange, full of flavor, alcohol very well hidden, very well balanced brew, your skull will get numb after 750mL scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2007
clody dark amber color. smells of hops and raisins. tastes more like an IPA than a barleywine and i’m sure not complaining about that. i wouldn’t mind getting my hands on a full bottle of this puppy. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
750mL bottle. aroma of orange zest. lots of malt in the aroma. caramel, molasses, candy sugar all in the aroma. Smokey caramel flavors. This bottle is a heavy hitter. Expect to be numb. Capa (3623) - DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Thanks to marc for this. Pours deep caramel gold with a frothy tan head. Aroma is of dark fruit, hops, sweet malts, and molasses. Thick and creamy body. Very smooth, very chewy. Delicious. Taste is floral, caramel, dark fruit, hops, candied malts. Finishes very bitter and dry. Outstanding. this is a truely great brew.