jazz88 (2678) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Tap @ Toronado 2005 barley wine festival. Dark cherry color with a big foamy tan head. Smooth with plenty of cherry in the flavor. Finishes dry. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
02.19.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Deep garnet color with little head, but this sample sat on the table for a while before I got to it. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, dried figs, citrus pithiness, alcohol on nose. Flavors are sweet and malt heavy up front, a bit of nutmeg and a punch of clove. Money balance. I dig this stuff. Finish loses luster as it fades to a more light and hoppy IIPA, missing some lingering malt stickiness. Slipstream (2612) - USA - FEB 22, 2012
On tap at Good Beer. Pretty hoppy finish on this barley wine. Mild aroma. Molasses sweetness to start, then moving to a more bitter hop taste. Good, but not really exciting. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Draught: Brown/redwood colors..small to no head..molassis aroma with hints of orange cream & pine needles..candy-like, sweet but not overly so...not too thick or sticky either..smooth and warming..pretty impressive. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
This barley wine pours with a deep reddish-brown body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing. Slighlty sweet and malty with nice fruity notes, some caramel and a nice hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
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. Zymurgeist2 (2213) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at Barley Wine Fest at Toronado. Pours a clear chestnut brown with khaki head. Aromas of molasses, caramel and alcohol. Full mouthfeel with lots of bread, molasses and full grain with some slight dark fruit. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
PP Strong Ale fest. Deep orange and copper in color with a nice off white fluffy head. Malty toffee bready aroma. Earthy hoppy toffee caramel flavor. Figs, raisins, dates and oak notes. Medium bodied. Finish is roasty. Very drinkable. Enjoyable. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006
@ the homebrew store - This version was 9%. Deep coppery orange, creamy off white head. Nose held rich notes of sweet caramel, pine, and earth, with touches of brown sugar within. Well balanced flavors of all the above from start to finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Good stuff... Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2008
On tap at Ballast Point in SD, CA--Deep ruby amber body with a thick off-white head. Hoppy, malty sweet boozy nose. Slight bublegum and candy nose, too. Fruity, chewy, mildly cloying mouthfeel. Sharp bitter boozy finish. Quite good.