illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Bottle. pours brownish red, with a wisp of a head. Strong malty aroma, very faint on the hops. Malt flavors of dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel dominate. The hops are in the background and don’t really bite you like some barleywines. Relatively tame mouthfeel for this style. Goes down nicely. Some warming, sweetness, and a tad amount of hop bitterness that does not stick to the back of your throat. This one is all about the malt, with the hops as a supporting role. Good beer and I like the small bottle. antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. Brilliantly clear deep ruby color with a thin but everlasting tan head. Fairly lively carbonation. Aromas of sweet dark malts with a little sprucey hops in the background. Flavors of dark sweet fruits, brown sugar, some alcohol bite, and a good hoppy bite at the finish. Just enough hops to balance the heavy sweetness. This is one of the most drinkable 9% beers there is, definitely for a barleywine. People whine about this beer not being complex enough. I think sometimes simple and straightforward beers done well like this are a proud accomplishment. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - FEB 18, 2006
Tap @ Toronado Barleywine Festival in San Francisco. Clear ruby red with a big offwhite head. Smells sweet and fruity with some citrus/hop notes. Tastes malty, molasses, ripe fruit, and alcohol. thegreenrooster (4633) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Pour is a great looking ruby red with a white fluffy head. Aroma is is fruity and hoppy. Flavor is a mix of dark fruit, caramel and has a whiskey like aftertaste. Very smooth and tasty on a cold afternoon. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle at The Map Room. Pours a medium amber with a thin white head. Caramel, butterscotch, mild fruits all come together in this chewy bad boy. The hops are well balanced and the alcohol presence is only noted by a warm finish. Very nice.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2006
bottle. Dark amber pour into corsendonk chrismas ale glass. Smells of brown sugar, alcohol, and hops. The hops are subdued by the rich sweet maltiness. Taste is chocolate melted over fresh west coast hops... amazing. I haven’t had many of them, but this is my fav barleywine so far. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2006
pours a deep amber with no head and liittle white hue. poured into a sambuca snifter. sweet fruit aroma and taste, alcohol present, but not overwhelming at all. good malt notes with a small, but noticeable hop bite on the palate. overall very yoummy and easy to drink. maupie (1102) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2006
This beer has a amber body - hue apperance and a coarse white scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had no carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is very bitter with a light spicy afther tast. BrewKrew (29) - bellevue, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Big beer in a small bottle. Pours to be a full bodied ale with very little tan head. Great fruity aroma. vanilla and sweet malts accent the flavor and also hides the alcohol well. Very well balanced beer. ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
I was fortunate enough to find this on tap (at the Toronado in San Francisco). It was well worth the $2.75 I paid during happy hour, but I would probably look for something else if faced with more expensive bottles out-of-state. Poured a lovely, murky, vaguely purplish brown with little to no head--just enough bubbles left for a little lacing on the way down. Alcohol dominates the aroma with hints of sweet fruit. The alcohol is a little overpowering on the nose. Tastes of caramel, white grapes, and just a little licorice. Very little hop flavor or bitterness. Alcohol is present on the palate but well-balanced. Unfortunately, the grape sweetness can become a bit much by the bottom of the glass; I wish it were a bit less sweet and a bit more hoppy. Slightly viscous and very smooth in the mouth. Carbonation is light and appropriate to the character of the beer. I was amazed that a barleywine could go down this easily. I could easily drink 2 or 3 at a sitting if I had any inclination to do so.