nickd717 (4706) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest 2009, then again in 2010. Reddish-brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruits, brandy, and some hops. Flavor is lots of caramel malt with toffee notes, somewhat fruity, with some port-like and vinous flavors and noticeable alcohol. Full mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation, and just mild booziness. A very good barleywine overall. cloudskipper (17) - Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA - APR 10, 2010
This is an American-style barleywine?! No no no....
Hot nose. Kinda faint, but nice bite of malts, slight hops and vanilla. Dark appearance, almost black. Taste is kinda hot, but a lot of sweetness - malt, vanilla, wood. Everything I love about a barleywine.
A touch too hot for me, and a bit thin, but otherwise this is great stuff from Ballast Point. More West Coast English-style barleywines please! PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
10/18/2014. On draft at Chuck’s 85th as part of a 4-Ballast Point beer sampler. Thick and dark, modest amount of off-white head, not much lace. Beer holds its own against the glass. Aroma is caramel, molasses, some herbal notes, a little musty (barrel?). Fairly sweet, with a hint of the bitter from the hops and some spiciness from the alcohol. Body is not as heavy as I would expect for a barleywine, oily, light carbonation, medium-long finish. Overall, very enjoyable for the last beer of the evening, fortunately just samplers or I would be in trouble. 50belair (3663) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Clear Amber pour with an off white head. Sweet malty aromas. The taste follows suit with mellow hoppy bitterness. Not overly hoppy sort of a blend between an American and English barley wine. Good body and mouthfeel. markducommun (1121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Deep reddish mahogany, clear, minimal tan head. Big sweet molasses, caramel, toffee. Some bit of pine and resin. Light upfront bitterness, big sweetness. Fairly clean, medium body. Longish finish. Good.
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... trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Tap @ O’Briens. Cloudy brown with a short tan head. Dank, oaky, caramel, earthy malt aroma with a fair amount of grapefruit and pine tar. Excellent taste that seems to swirl resin, dates, figs, caramel, oak, and alcohol in your mouth. There is a constant earth overtone that stays with you throughout that is very nice. Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2008
On tap @ Hamilton’s. Pours a gorgeous clear amber with long lasting tan head and sheet lacing. The aroma is a bit mild with highly roasted malts and faint fruity esters. It smells mildly barleywine like. The taste is roasty and hoppy, wow. Highly roasted malts, some crystal malts (90L maybe), Special B, a hint of chocolate and an abundance of pine hops. The hops aren’t too bitter though. They are either including some late addition hops or the malt bill is so strong it pushes over the hop bitterness. This is really a big load of malts and lacks some of the dark fruity esters and kettle caramelization of the style I’m used to. Seems more like it might be an American Strong. decaturstevo (6257) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2008
A deep copper pour with a yellow green head. A solid raisin and other dried fruit on the nose. A flavor of oak, oranges, and dried fruit taking up the slack. Palat is just a bit thin. A good beer all round complex and very different from most BW’s. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Tasted at the brewery. Nice hoppy flavors in this barley wine. Some fruitiness. Excellent!