Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
On tap @ O’Brien’s San Diego. Beer poured a deep rusty amber color with a thin, off white head. Nose of dried dark fruits like Raisen, pruns, dates? Alcohol was present but, not overwhelming. A good bite on the finish. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2007
2007 PP SAF (cask): Coppery hue with a fading head and some lace. The aroma has notes of toffee, caramel, bready malting, some herbal and resiny hops, pepper, apricot, pear, wood, boozy. The taste is quite sticky sweet at first but some resiny bitterness and the alcohol cleanse the palate. Fruity and woody notes follow. With the exception of the bitterness this comes off a lot like a English Styled BW. The mouth feel is sticky and oily, warming and biting. Good but wanted more. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On cask at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 07. Deep orange-brass color with a minimal tan head that settles into nice lacing. I was pretty damn sauced up by the time I got around to this one, so Im going on scribbled handwriting and hazed notions of what I thought about this one. I remember being upset about the incredible booziness of this barleywine; citrus, light caramel and pine notes with light fruits comprise the flavors. Finishes very hot, nearly overwhelming, the alcohol content needs to be tamed here. Whatever, ya know? WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Cask. Pours orange with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is nice sweet and a bit of dried fruit. High alc in the taste, not much of a great taste otherwise. disappointed. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Stone. Deep reddish brown with a fizzy white head. Great hoppy aroma of maple, pine, and cedar. Decent malty backbone with some cereal character and a good hoppy pine and citrus taste with alcoholic warmth in the finish.
wetherel (1885) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Tried from tap at Ballast Point’s 11th anniversary celebration.
1. 2006. Palate getting a little burnt out by this time. Very dark amber color. Small bubble wispy head. Light grapefruit hop aroma and taste. Leans sweet, but still very hoppy, grassy,and young. Good, but not great, like the 1996/2006 blend. 7/4/7/3/17:3.8
2. 2006+1996 blend: Dark amber color. small microbubble head. Nice oak aroma, some caramelized malts. Aroma is somewhat mild. Sweet. Oxidation present, but in low levels. Excellent, excellent barleywine. A tiny bit of orange citrus hop bitterness. 8/4/9/4/18:4.3 kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
Date: December 01, 2005
Appearance: muddy dark amber
Aroma: rich malt aroma with earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, great fruity character, earthy hops, nice bitter finish, an easy drinking barley wine, aged 1 year
Date: December 02, 2005
Words: blend of 3 years
nice citrus in the aroma, but a lots of the rich malt has thinned
Date: November 30, 2006
Vintage: fresh batch
very similar to the 1 year old, a bit more harsh on the hops,
Date: December 01, 2006
Source: strong ale fest
Words: 10 year blend
rich caramel flavor balanced by the earthy hops, picking up a sour oak flavor,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
10 year blend on tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Transparent bright copper color with a frothy, light tan head. Complex sweet toasty caramel aroma has some light fruity complexity and grapefruity hops. Body starts sweet, viscous and caramely fruity with some cherry and strawberry flavor toward a crisp, warming bittersweet finish. Good complexity and seems to have aged quite well.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
1 year old barch sampled at the brewery on 11/30/06: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a nicely-lacing light tan head. Sweet, fresh big grapefruity hoppy aroma has nice caramel malty backing. Body starts viscous and caramely sweet with good fresh piny hoppy bitterness and complexity toward a warming, resiny sticky finish.
NorCal tasting Feb 07 - This was a very tasty barleywine and something I can work with after a couple disasters from Ballast Point. A sweet, sweet nose with caramel being the biggest aroma. Underneath the carmael was a little brown sugar, some earth and even a little hops. Appearance was beautifully clear, with a maple syrup/deep dark golden color with a minimal head. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but nothing major. Flavors were caramel, toffee, dark fruits. Everything was really nicely balanced. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Valley Brew tasting Feb 2007 - Aroma and flavor are sweet caramel with sharp piney hops. Palate is sweet and tart. Not too complex but still very tasty. Probably suffering from palate fatigue at this point. I would like to try it again.