hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2004
On tap @ the San Diego Strong Ale Fest. Poured a medium to dark, hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas and tastes of brown sugar, malts, and fruits. Sweet. Wow, 17% - I wouldn’t have guessed that at all. This was my last tasting on Day 1 and picked a very good beer to close it with! kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2006Ibrew2or3 (8666) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest
opaque dark orange, fine beige head, big sweet fruity aroma with a peachy apricot character, rich malt flavor, well balanced with earthy hops, dry but with lots of fruity character, a few esters floating around, good but not great
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Finally finally finally getting a chance to try this after lots of years of missing it. YES! It poured up on tap at the brewpub where it exhibits a murky deep copper body that supports a nice looking light tan head. The aroma offers up sweet malts, some nectar sweet maltiness, molasses and then snippets of malt and sweetness muted pine hops and floral notes. The taste is silky smooth and sweet and wonderfully rich. I get slick nectar sweet malts and then some malt and molasses nuanced pine hoppiness that is bitter but delivers only a thin ribbon of resiny notes. In the background it seems floral hoppy as well midway and into the finish. Yummy. jredmond (8342) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Draft at the brewery with Linh. Pours a deep Amber red with soapy white lacing. Aroma is raisin bread and fruity malt. Mouthfeel is medium to full, super sweet with notes of candied malt, sugar and raisin bread. Too sweet. Ernest (7724) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Draught, Toronado. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (apricot, resin), moderately malty (cookie), with notes of sherry, wood, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A little disjointed/unfocused in the aroma, but rich and balanced well. Doesn’t seem like 17%.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
On tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Pours a hazy copper mahogany with a lightly-lacing light tan head. Sweet, complex caramely malty oaky aroma has a good dose of grapefruity hops. Body starts sweet and caramely with some tart fruity oaky notes and a smooth, drier toasty finish that hides the whopping 17% abv pretty well. snoworsummer (5790) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Draft at the brewery. Pours opaque orange copper with a a fizzy off white head and decent lacing. Tastes thick and very sweet, like sugary raisins, plums, dates, with an earthy and slightly boozy aftertaste. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like dates, raisins, and sugary, malty alcohol. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Clear reddish golden with almost no head. Sweet caramel andvanilla aroma and taste with a toffee alcoholic finish. MrTipple (5380) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Aroma: heavy, overripe fruit, alcohol. Appearance: hazy brown, small head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: massive sweets carry on, fruit liquor, port wine. Overall: very nice Barley Wine, very nice sweets in both aroma and palate. Pint at Alpine Brewing, Alpine. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 Tasted at the 2004 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is citrus, oranges, brown sugar and a hint of oak. A full-bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet,citrusy wuith hints of oak. Caramel flavors all over the place. Crisp and clean. There is no real evidence of the 17% alcohol. Nice BW. Will be AWESOME with some aging. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
2x Barrel Aged Good
On tap at O’Brien’s. Pours a medium amber color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar, wood, bourbon and molasses. Medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are caramel, with lots of brown sugar, some oak and lots and lots of bourbon. Very smooth tasting. There is a touch of alcohol bite, but it is really subdued for the 14.1% alcohol. A very dangerous beer, hides the alcohol very well and it nice and smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.