willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2007
20061111 Sampled at Cornboy’s 1st Annual Barley Wine Extravaganza CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
#21 The last of the formal tasting, and what an amazing tasting this was. Tremendous lineup of barley wines and great company. After this one, the night gets fuzzy.
Smells mild, light roast, light toast. Bits of coffee and chocolate flavor. This seemed like more of a mild Baltic porter than a barley wine as it had a bit of roasty flavor to go along with the usual rummy/raisin whatchamacallit. Tasty nonetheless.
Sampled on 7/15/06 at the RBSG ’06 Grand Tasting out of a growler: Pours a very dark mahogany with a thin wispy tan head. Sweet vanilla caramel butterscotch complex aroma has some alcoholic notes. Body starts lightly toasty and caramely sweet with an oily palate thinning some toward a smooth, oaky and somewhat drier finish with a hint of fruity tartness. Needs a touch more balance, otherwise a decent barleywine. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Draft served in a 6 oz sample glass. What? No snifter? Pours a deep brown, almost like a robust porter with a tan head. Rich aroma with hints of dark fruit, vanilla, and dark roast malts. Evenly balanced malt flavor of light caramel and molasses, with a pleasant sweetness. This is accented by some vanilla, plums, and a hint of smoke. Medium bitter finish with some mild but pleasant alcohol. Very nice beer. Best one of the night. Ungstrup (37862) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2006
A black beer with a brown head. The flavor is sweet alcoholic, combined with notes of prunes and roasted malt. The flavor is dry malty with notes of fruit, chocolate, and coffee, leading to a dry chocolate end. Reminds me more of a stout than a Barley Wine. chriso (7557) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2006
From growler, RBSG Grand Tasting, July 2006. I have to say this seemed pretty similar to the regular version I tried a few days later. My notes are certainly very similar. Very dark, plummy fruit, prunes, rich malt and an unexpected dash of chocolate. Maybe a touch of vanilla from the barrel but I’m not sure it really adds much. Scores the same as the regular.
jsquire (4514) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2006
’06 RBSG Dark beer with a quickly disappearing beige head. The nose has lots of dark dried fruit and barrel wood. Flavors of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, some anise, and alcohol. Nice blossoming alcohol and wood sensation when you exhale through the nose. I would have liked to have tried the regular version too. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2006
ABC fest 06. Pours a deep woody ruby red, moslty clear with a thin off white head. Low carbonation. Aroma is very woody, with some earth, oak, light vanilla, sweet caramel and some fruity esters- but overall dominated by wood. The strong woodiness luckily is backed up by the crapload of sweet sticky malt- more dried fruits, caramle, toffee, and more vanilla. Smooth adn full body with just a bit of tannin induced astringency. This was my favorite of the fest, and I went back for about 4 more samples througout the night. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Sampled at RBSG06. Barrel aged version. Dark brown color with a thin light brown head. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with lots of roasted malt and fruit. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. I thought that this was just an amazing beer. The aroma is perfect. Fruit, oak, and liquor. Flavor has strong bourbon pronouncements. Super rich. Super sweet. Super sugary. Super corn whiskey. These faux Pennsyltucky hillbillies know how to make a barleywine for true Tennessee hillbillies. DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Dark brown pour, drank alongside the regular version during my family trip to Harrisburg/Hershey. Deep brown color, with minimal head, and aroma of figgy fruit, caramel malt, oaky bourbon. The palate was a tad thinner than the regular, with some dark fruit, and oaky spirit flavors. I think the regular was a tad thicker and better balanced, but this one is worth a try if it is available.