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
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Caramel and hints of pine and brown sugar permiate the nose. Caramel apples and soury fermented fruit in the mouth. The beer was really woody. Rich golden brown w/ good head on the pour, but only slight lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy and tingly on the back of the tongue. Very nice. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
On tap at O’Briens on a Friday. Dark brownish hues with a slight off white head. Full smooth body. Flavors abound with sweet dark malt and dried fruit. Toffee, caramel, and some vanilla. A bit of hop bite lurking in the back. Nice barley wine. 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. 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.
50belair (3617) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Cloudy amber pour with a white head. Sweet malty aromas with an emphasis on honey and apricot. So sweet, almost overly so, with loads of honey and caramel malts. Apricot undercurrents. Good body and mouthfeel. SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 Enjoyed at Pizza Port’s Strong Ale festival. Too dark to get a good look at the color. Everything looked dark amber. Overall this beer had some pretty interesting characteristics. Guess what, the alcohol was definitely up front in the flavor. Slightly acidic and sharp on the tongue with a nice amount of hops. I wouldn’t have guessed it was 17%, but then again I would not expect a beer to be above 10% normally. This beer is better than "good," it’s very good. It needs a little more complexity for great though. I hope I have a chance to try this again sometime. Somewhat of a novelty. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
12/3/04. On draft at Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest in Carlsbad, CA 12/3/04. Pours a caramel yellow, lightly hazy. Excellent, creamy, dense pillow of a head with very good lacing. Aroma is of caramel and nougat, mostly nougat like a Three Musketeers candy bar. Super hot hop bang in the flavor, hugely potent with alcohol. It doesn’t seem like 17%, I guess, but it DOES seem like it’s going to kick your ass. Finish is dry and stinging, harsh and merciless but actually quite controlled. Some filthy sharp twigginess in the finish with almost a "briar patch" dark vine flavor. Big bitterness with medium-full body and some almost chunky nuttiness. Gimme some Good in 3-4 years, and I bet it’ll be amazing. 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. 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.