BillKismet (4041) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
August mahogany color and crisp head that thins toward the center. Modest bouquet of cherry and apricot. Flavor of apricot with a some dryness on the finish. Hops have mellowed out of the background, leaving a nice medley of malts on the palate. Enjoyable sweetness, but not cloying. Only a trace of bitterness, and it works best that way. Perhaps a touch of candied pineapple. carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
on tap at brouwer’s for hard liver 2010. smooth with dark sugar tastes and a vanilla undertone MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
My Bottom Line:killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2011
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.
Snifter @ Rock Fish. Deep caramel color and aroma. Incredibly sweet. Probably in the "twilight" years of its life. Not much carbonation to speak of. Decent barleywine but slightly too sweet for me. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Brouwers Hard Liver
Pours deep ruby with lots of head, good retention, and a nice lacing. Smell is dark red fruit, bit of booze, sweet, something extra I can’t quite detect. Very juicy. Taste is alcoholic raspberry. Alcohol shows up on the end, but it’s pretty smooth. Full bodied. Very good.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2006
2005 vintage at the HardLiver BW fest. A decent sized tan head sits atop of this medium amber colored Barlewine. Fairly clear, medium bodied. Alcohol is restrained and malt seems to dominate the flavor/aroma. Some bits of floral hop in the nose. Fairly tasty. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2008
GABBF ’08 - This barleywine was crazy, nice complexity, rich dark fruits, dates and raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon. The only thing that kind of irritated me was the hop profile was a little weak and somewhat soapish, but the maltiness is delicious. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Draft @ Uber. Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and malt. Taste is maple syrup, brown sugar, malt, and light alcohol. Very sticky mouthfeel. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Copper color with a frothy head. Nice raisony sweet spicy malt aroma. Very smooth full body. Flavor mirrors aroma with aged Barleywine flavors of vinous sweet malts and apple pie spices with some earthy molasses. Has a light alcohol tang to finish. Nice. Draft @ Uber 5/26/2008 fletchfighters (1520) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2013
On tap at the brewery
Dark amber color, off white head.
Nose was caramel, dark fruits, bread and some alcohol.
Taste was very bread like with dark fruits and caramel. Very smooth with just touches of alcohol. Light carbonation and touches of hops. Nice beer on tap.