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. 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Looks like maple syrup to me. Hints of burnt sugar and cake frosting in the head, the burnt candy thing makes up the body with some of that jager smoothly blended in there. 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. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Auburn caramel color, medium sized foamy off white head. Sweet malt intermingles with heavy pine and citrus hop aroma. Heavy malt presence followed by resinous and piney hop characters. Finish has some woody flavors and a slight medicinal quality. Mouthfeel is fairly chewy, but uncommonly smooth for the style. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Draft at BOP - early Dec 05 tasting. 1 year old vintage. Cherry-wood brown and somewhat hazy. Very rich toffee carmel malt aromas and some citrusy hop notes and some fruits. Rich carmel malt flavors, sweet toffee, more fruits - specifically notes of raisins, and a touch of of citrus hops. Touch earthy.
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
You should have seen me the night I drank a whole growler of this stuff. I could have used a skid lid for my dome that night. Anyway, this is exceptional barley wine that actually tastes better if you don’t age it. I don’t like my barley wine too sweet and if you get this stuff when it’s new, you get barley wine backed with a superb hop backbone. They don’t fill the growler with this anymore, which will ultimately play a big part in saving my life. jazz88 (2679) - 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. 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. JorisPPattyn (9981) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
Draught Good yellow-creamhead; maroon beer. US hops, milkchocolate, coffee cream, grapes and a fruity finish. Good bready, well-balanced sweet-bitter; finish is very dry-bitterish; flavours of exotic fruit. Well-balanced, quite slick, dry-out effect in the end. Good, if unbelievably discreet in the alcohol for a barley wine. 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.