mcberko (17846) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
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. fiulijn (20516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Draught at Bottleworks, Seattle, vintage 2010, 3+ years oldharlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
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.
2005 Vintage - Hazy amber appearance, with a fluffy creamy head. Served slightly too cold to pick up major aromatic notes. Sweet bready cereal malts. A definite malty presence and barely detectable hop presence. Candi sugar, cotton candy sweetness, and a very sweet hoppy aftertaste that lingers very long on the palate. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
18-Jan-08 (Draft: 2008 Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK) Very aromatic nose of rich, sweet, caramely malts and background sherry that indicates possibly aging. Mimicking the aroma, the flavor is prototypical for a big, delicious barley wine: the malt is sweet and caramely in the foreground and is backed by a strong fruitiness and mild hop bitterness for a bit of balance in the finish. Full-bodied, gently carbonated and smooth on the palate, but not cloying. Dark amber to light brown in color and hazy. The tall, tan head holds a wide, bubbly ring and filmy layer. This is really excellent. If there weren’t a lot more beers to try at this festival, I’d go back for seconds! kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
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
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 On tap at Hard Liver 2010. Dark ruby pour with a tiny ring of bubbles. Now *theres* the balance Ive been looking for all day! Fruit and caramel malts are well balanced in the aroma against the alcohol and hop content. Finally, a barleywine that covers its alcohol despite being fresh. Still has a bitter aftertaste, and remains pretty clean, but theres a robustness here that counters the ABV really well. Tasty! Re-rate: A year later, this has mellowed beautifully, is absolutely delicious, and deserving of a few more points. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 6, 2012
On tap at brouwers. Ruby red dark pour. Sweet fig and brown sugar. Taste is sweet and hoppy with some burnt toasted malts. yespr (45464) - 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. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2005
Hard Liver 2005
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2007
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 BBP. Dark amber small head. Very sweet malty beer with moderate citrus hops. Alcohol isn’t hidden at all in this one...really enjoyed this.