douglas88 (9570) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2009
12 oz bottle thanks to machfive55. 2008 vintage. Pours a cloudy brown color with a light cream colored head. The aroma is interesting; fruity, rich malts, something akin to smoked peat as well. The flavor was nice; rich dry fruity malts, nutty flavors, dark fruity, again some smoke and earthiness. Very nice. A unique barely wine, more English than American. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2009
This poured a dark red to brown color with a small off white head. Aroma was lots of slightly roasted malts, sweetness, and some dried dark fruit too. Flavor up front was sticky sweet, a bit fruity and spicey with a slight roastiness to it. Alcohol is a little apparent but still hidden pretty well for how strong this one is. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Poured dark brown. Malt nose, low hop aroma, alcohol. Slight boozy flavor, malt forward, some spicy hops. warming. sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2009
courtesy of ibrew2or3.
Pours copper dark, no head.
Aroma was overly hoppy with some malts and caramel.
Taste, malty, sugary, boozy, light caramel notes and some resinous fruits. Some caramel coupled with a nice dark fruit mouthfeel. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
12 oz bottle, 2008. Dark cola brown with a beige haze. Very fruity nose with strawberry jam, raisin and caramel. A rather full body for a barleywine with a slight tang. Taste is apple, caramel and then bitter grass.
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2009
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep, deep dark red almost brown with foamy tan head that disappears quickly to a ring that lasts throughout. Not much lacing to speak of. Great aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits, molasses, and a pleasant hint of alcohol. Flavor is of sweet malt, raisins, some roasty notes, and cherries. Nice warming finish but not overwhelming for such a big beer. Full bodied. A great beer from ABC. unclemike (3170) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
bottle Small tan head that mostly diminished, fine-small sized bubbles, fair lacing, uncarbonated, transparent, and an orange brown hue. Sweet, fruity, port and alcohol aroma. Flavor was malty, vinuous, fruity and some hops. Medium body.
LinusStick (3497) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Wow....way too sweet and alcoholic; even for a barley wne. Aroma was strong and full. Sticky malt with a Vick’s Vapo-Rub notel. Pour was a nice deep mahogany with a one finger off white head. Taste was all sweet malt with a harsh alcohol burn and a hint of hops in the aftertaste. Way too much. hiddenvariable (211) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2009
bottle. pours a deep, dark, mahogany. looks like it would be clear if it weren’t so dark. sizable tan head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves a ring that sticks around. smells of chocolate and caramel malt, with a light citrus hop note. sort of cola-like smell. a hint of booze. nice. more of the same in the taste--cola, chocolate, caramel, hops--with a bit of a cherry note coming out, as well as a bit more alcohol. lightly bitter on the finish, with a touch of sweetness mixed in there. thick and bubbly, sticky and resinous. pretty warming, though not hot. not bad. the alcohol comes out a bit too much in the taste, and i think i might like a bit less in bittering hops, but this is an interesting interpretation of the style. one doesn’t often seen barleywines this dark. KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2009
On Tap at brewery.. great barleywine with an aroma of a chocolate covered cherries... taste was filled with chocolate, caramel and molasses...