sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
This beer pours a nice dark brassy red and is quite clear with minimal to no head. Sweet malty aroma not unlike sherry with plenty of floral hops. I really enjoyed just smelling this brew. The flavor does not dissapoint with lots of fruity tangy goodness - rum raisin, black cherry - followed by a malty warming - caramel, sugar cane - all the way to the belly. The hops really shine through and lend a great balance to this great, clean drinking Barley Wine. ivan9856 (192) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2010 The tiny, 7 oz. bottle yields a clear and lush amber-colored ale with a smallish tan head. There was practically no lacing. The nose is high in both barley and hop aromas, with a touch of alcohol. Dense, rich, and bold in taste, the initial palate rather sweet, likely due to residual sugars, but is balanced quickly by a pleasant hop bitterness. Lightly carbonated, the mid-palate features hints of raisin, fig, black cherry and anise flavors. The long finish is leaves a well-balanced mixture of sweet and bitter and some warming alcohol essence. Reportedly, barley wines benefit from several months or years of aging (best done in a refrigerator). And, while many barley wines carry vintage dates for aging, I was not able to find such marking on this bottle aside from a mysterious “4GQ” indicator under the “Government Warning” language. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this ale quite a bit as a slow sipper for calm moods. (11/3/010: bottle size now 12 oz.) yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2005
On tap at Fynske Øldage, Odense, Denmark. Light hazy, copper colored beer with a tan head. Friuty, sweet, malty aroma. Full-bodied with fruity notes. (051028) Habanero (4682) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2017 Bottled. Pours hazy amber with a small beige head Aroma of berries, toasted caramel and dried fruit. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly more dry with a hint of bitterness. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft to average carbonated. A nice Barley. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 hershiser2 (3266) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Paid $1.70 for a 12-oz bottle. Pours a medium cloudy brown (or maybe that’s dark amber) with a small forth of a head. Nose is full of sweet chocolate malts, fruit, and caramel. Oh, very nice flavor. Lots of caramel up front and especially in the finish. The middle has a tangy fruitiness to it. Wow, that caramel finish is really nice and really prolonged. This may be my favorite barleywine.
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours a ruby red copper colour, some head at the start but then fades away like so many other good things.........?...no head the rest of way, Delicous sweet smell, alot going in aroma...mmmmmmmmmmmm, this is sweet delicous solid and full O’ flavour beer, i was feeling like a barleywine, and baby....i gots me a winner irene, baby we did it and we did it hard, i love u and this fine Anchor Old Foghorn Ale!..................by the way, i have no clue.... fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Draft at SDBC. Aromas were very sweet. Dark fruits and caramel. Flavors were similar at first but then drifted into a nice hoppy finish. I like this one. Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Good, though unspectacular. Toffee, caramel on the nose. Raisins, prunes, caramel, lightly hopped and a sweet finish. altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
Nice, not too sweet. I haven’t had this in a number of years due to availability in my area. cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2005
This is really a classic American Barleywine. Well crafted, it is ready to drink- no excessive hopping nor syrupy texture to wait out. Maybe that means it’s more of a "British Barleywine", but hey, since when are Americans unable to create and enjoy a good beer without dumping tons of hops in (I say that as a drinker who has never found a beer that was too hoppy or too bitter to drink).
A classic, rich, fruity, balanced and smooth. Get some.