willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
02.19.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Dark, muddy, and flat looking. A touch funky on nose but flavor is all goodness. Pear, prune. Mega hops trying to fight big alcohol result in a decent balance. Stylish, vanilla. Apples cooked in sugar water. Numbing. Pretty cool, but way over the top. sir__v (2629) - FRANCE - FEB 22, 2015
On tap @ Alpine Brewpub, Alpine - CA. Color: hazy brown beer with no carbonation and medium brown head. Smell: high sugar and caramel nose with fruity presence as orange and candied orange. Notes of Grand Marnier. Great bouquet on nose, and small alcohol finish. Taste: very deep oily sensation on mouth, great caramel and sweet presence. Notes of orange and candied orange. Finish as Grand Marnier. Aftertaste: orange and alcohol finish with high sugar domination. Really nice and sweet beer easy to drink when you compare to the ABV. A must to try but take care it’s a dynamite!!!! DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Hazed orange color with a nice frothy but wet head...sweet candy, grapefruit, christmas cookie, and resiny aroma...Extremely smooth mouthfeel..with candy flavors of grapefruit, ribbon candy, and slight vegital notes...its slightly sticky, but its 17 FUCKIN’ percent...I am willing to wager that in about 1 year, this is the best beer ever made...or close. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
taster at the brewery. Pours a honey gold color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet with caramel. Taste is that of a caramel malt bomb; lots of caramel, toffee, sherry and some biscuit. Palate is thick and syrupy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with lingering toffee. Overall: Very sweet, but there is a place in the world for sweet beers and this one should make the grade. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
This huge beer pours with an orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and full of caramel with a nice maltiness and a touch of alcohol, as well as, some nougat notes. The flavor is very similar with a bit more bitterness and a little more alcohol showing through. What a great beer. Full bodied, tingly on the tongue and warming.
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
On draught at Alpine. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an eggshell head. Aroma is resiny hops, caramel malts, and dark fruit. Sweet with hoppy bitterness. Full bodied and sticky. Very good American barleywine that isn’t over-the-top bitter. User134089 (1644) - - OCT 8, 2014
Glass: 8-oz. snifter
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub
Purchased: Oct. 4, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 4, 2014
Misc.: BA calls Good as 17 percent ABV, but I remember seeing it as 14 percent in the pub. Could just be this year’s batch.
Poured a dark caramel, auburn, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki cream head when I got it. Light streams of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of uneven lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.27)
Smelled rye hops, sweetened iced tea, Citra hops, caramel, toffee, purple grape, light grape juice, plum, sugary candied lemon and some late booziness with big whiffs. (Smell - 4.15)
Wow was my first thought with the taste. Then it was this might be the smoothest barelywine I’ve ever had, not even taking into the account of the high ABV. Pretty close to the smell. Candied sugary lemon, sweetened iced tea, plum, purple grape, caramel, toffee and crisp rye hops. (Taste - 4.45)
Medium body. Oily texture. Medium carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. (Feel - 4.87)
Just a fantastic barleywine. So damn smooth. (Overall - 4.55)
4.44 98 A
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Served on cask at Hamliton’s. The appearance is a rich flat black with no carbonation action. The flavors and aromas are rich with roasted malts, oak, prune, dark dried fruits, caramel, and cereal. The mouth is smooth but flat. A nice barley wine that I would enjoy a little more without the absence of carbonation from being on cask. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Poured on cask, fairly still pour, not a lot of visual active carbonation, thin white head, deep dark copper body.
Nose of toffee, vanilla, pear, and feint flowers.
Taste was silk in texture, small but nice alcohol heat, hints of cherries, vanilla bean, heavy bready and caramel body, flavors are all in harmony for it being such a big beer. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
On tap at O’Brien’s: Deep amber color with a fine, creamy off-white head. Aroma is rich, sweet and fruity. Flavor starts over-ripe tropical fruit and caramel followed by orangy/citrus flavors and a lingering, dry orange rind bitter finish. Full body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, but gives a quick buzz.