yespr (49523) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2012
From tap Brouwers. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small tan to off whoite head. Aroma is dark malty, roasted, caramelish and light alcohol. Sweet caramelish, mild fruity, dark caramelish and overripe fruity. Bitter, roasted malty and breadish into the finish. fiulijn (21559) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Draught at Bottleworks, Seattle, vintage 2010, 3+ years oldmcberko (20514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
Mahogany color, dark, almost black, with small compact head. Nice aroma of caramel and dark malts, raisins, prunes; one can sense the long maturation too. Full bodied, with a round mouthfeel; good malt flavor, dark caramel, and moderate American hopping; sweet but with moderation; plenty of raisin and figs.
Rich Barley Wine, well matured.
On tap for Hard Liver ’12, pours a clear dark mahogany / maroon with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, hazelnuts, caramel malts, balanced well. Flavour of a beautiful mix of dark fruits, hazelnuts, toffee, toasted nuts and some subtle liqueur. Full-bodied with a perfect amount of sweetness. Excellent. Oakes (19742) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2006
Draught, BPPDSG (15623) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
Hazy bright amber. Thick, malty aroma with light peachy notes in a classic pale barley wine aroma. Strong alcohol and massive malt. Young but balanced - certainly more so than my first sample of this back in January, which was basically malt syrup. Warming, peachy. Looks like this will continue to improve for a year or two.
[3/1/15] Draught at Beveridge Place Pub in Seattle. 2011 edition. Hazy amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, dried fruits, vinous oxidation note, stale hops, a bitterish note and a finish with some alcohol. Rounded mouthfeel.
Sammy (13265) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
On tap at Bottleworks. Rich malty beer, some odd flavours. Worth a try,drinkable. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
Date: September 05, 2009
Appearance: clear dark amber, frothy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, dark caramel sweetness, touch of ripe fruits, light earthyness
Body: big sticky body
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, lots of caramel sweetness, rich ripe fruits, light balancing earthyness, just a hint of peppery alcohol
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
My Bottom Line:3fourths (9386) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2005
Hazelnuts, caramel and cherry liqueur touches are spread onto lengthy peppery hop resins in this complex, plump Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy maroon (on the ’09) and the shiny crimson (on the ’10).
-The body was full and warming, perhaps sweeter that your middle-of-the-road Barley Wine.
-Oranges appear once in a while.
-The ’10 was not as well developed as the ’09, but showed a lot of promise.
-This rating is for the ’09 vintage, sipped on in late February ’11.
On tap at Beveridge Place Pub.
Hard Liver 2005
BuckeyeBoy (9342) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 10, 2017
Weird metallic and burnt hops in the nose, some burnt grains as well, but covered by a light cherry and fruit presence. Nicely balanced, very drinkable, with a sweet and light hop flavor. No off-flavors. Nothing killer, just plain drinkable even if it doesn’t set any records.
On tap at brouwers pours out a amber color topped with a small sand head. Nose is caramel pit fruit some spice a little roast. Taste is more of the nice pit fruit caramel malts and rich end.