scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Gettysburg location on tap - Deep dark brownish-black, some red notes in the light, tan creamy head. Intense rich nose of buttery oak, dark fruit, light smoke and a hint of earth. Well bittered, yet balanced, with additional fruity, oakey, vinous notes. Full-bodied, syrupy, soft carbonation, buttered dark fruit with an oak dry finish. This version was 12.8% and aged in chardonnay oak barrels for 9 months. Worth a special trip to taste this one. Just awesome... darsan (15) - South Central, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2005
tap. gettysburg. Best barley wine Ive had. wow.: soft, ruby body. brief tiny bubbles head,.nice lacing. Nose is lightly fruity, floral and sweet. some candy, ripe fruits as well as the alcohol Syrupy and intense. Front is sweet and fruity, followed by good grainy character. Smooth, soft and velvety. warm and inviting, big, full mouthfeel. Chocolate and woody notes well hidden alchohol CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 26, 2002
Dark red in color and rich full taste. It rarely shows up at the brewery, but when it does, I would suggest that you go and get some. A good unique ale. Done very well for a local brewery.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Cask at Appalachian Brewpub. Knockout fruity grapey sweet aroma. Coffee flavor; stouty. Dark black/brown bear. Lil tan head. Chocolate coffee & raisin spice. Served in a little sampler aperitif glass; perfect. Then I took home a whole growler of it, to be drank with one friend the next day; notes on that forthcoming; let’s see if it stands up on another tasting; in a bigger quantity!
Growler, both one day later, and three days later: Tastes just as good. Think it tastes even better when had with a wonderful stuffed chicken breast on the third day post pumping; the food awakens my palate to more flavor in this very nice barleywine. PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 21, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil Grill: This stuff pours near black with a khaki ring for head. The aroma is striking. Thick, chocolatey, full of berry-like fruityness (raspberries). As it warms the hops become more evident, with a touch of maple. This is a rich Barley Wine. Great mouthfeel, thick and chewy. The flavor is huge, both chocolatey and fruity. There’s definitly berry notes of raspberries and elderberries. Dark rich roasty malts give off loads of stuff like tobacco, dark chocolate, roasted toffee, with a late coffee hint. Stuff has a boozey quality, but the alcohol is damn smooth. Toasty maple suggestions, with an evident hop dryness in the roasty finish that also has residual warming roastyness from the malt. A complex and outstanding Barley Wine.
FROTHINGSLOSH (7697) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a large brown head. The aroma was tangy molasses, cherry and chocolate. The flavor was tangy and malty with notes of cherry and a strong dry chocolate presence that kept building and building. A bit of alcohol shows through. The mouthfeel was fairly thick. Way more chocolate than I am used to seeing in a barleywine. Delicious. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Tap at Ommegang. Deep copper in color with a nice head. They gave to me after I tried a hershey kiss. I didn’t need the chocolate. Hoppy malty aroma. Sweet and fruity. Big malty and hoppy flavors. Drinkable. Very nice. Smooth. thedm (6148) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2005
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained no visible carbonation, was nearly opaque and dark black in color. Its aroma contained notes of raisin chocolate malts and molasses. Its mouth feel is smooth and thick with a lingering chocolate smooth vinous aftertaste. Its flavor contained different flavor from other barley wines more like a vinuous stout vinous dark malt sweet chocolate notes were present and it was very tasty. An excellent beer that I would buy again. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Tap at Ommegang, 2005. Brown, nice tan head. Big malty sweet aroma, rather fruity. Big malty woody hoppy flavors. Did not pick up its strength at all. Very nice. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Thanks to OldRaspy for acquiring this growler from the Gettysburg location, and sharing with gputty and I. Pours VERY dark for a barley wine. Deep reddish brown, like a dark mahogany, with a medium brown head. Nose is fruity - prune and date, primarily. Flavor is odd, but good. Like a medium stout mixed with a BSA. Fruity notes, but a distinct maltiness. Really interesting and VERY drinkable. At almost 13%, well masked.