SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Draught at the brewpub. Amber colored with a creamy, off-white head. Sweet honey and doughy, worty aroma with some added floral hops. Malty and grainy flavors with a distinct unfermented wort or extract flavor, some caramel, and a hoppy finish. Thick and syrupy body. I’m not sure what was up with this, but it was way to worty tasting. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Draft at BT. Pours an amber ruby body with an off white head. Fig raisins and some dark fruity esters, and finally rounding out to a dried prune flavor. Very salty and somewhat sweet, mild caramel and lightly chewy with a hint of wood and toffee. Good brew. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Tap at BT. The owner- Richard was telling me that the last time this was brewed was about 6 years ago. I had a hard time believing that since it tasted pretty damn fresh with 0 oxidation factor. Still this was a fantastic BW. Pours a hazy medium amber and a tight thin foamy lasting head. Aroma is fruity up front- lots of esters, raisin, pear, with good full sweet thick caramel toffee malts- and even a nice fresh hop spicy and fruity tone. Flavor is big upfront with tons of thick sweet doughy caramel, toffee, light molasses and thickened brown sugar- some honey as well- good fruit presence and a nice hoppy flavor and aftertaste. Overall just a great well made barleywine. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours slightly hazy orange with off white head. The aroma is all resiny with pine hops to go along with an even and sweet malt background. The taste is moderately harsh with resiny grassy pine hops from front to back. Very IIPA like. I also get some malt sweetness attempting to smooth out the hops. The hops never really give any ground.
nickd717 (4643) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest ’09. Reddish-brown color with a considerable beige head. Sweet malty aroma along with alcohol and some piney hops. Flavor is sweet malt, starfruit, sour light fruits, wood, piney hops, and alcohol. Fairly full palate. A strong one.
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2009
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber-ruby beer. Thick sticky head. Aroma is lightly sweet with a heavy sweet caramel aroma. Quite hoppy and chewy with a lot of piny resinous hop character. Light sweet fruitiness as well. Slightly vineous along with a light cherry flavour. The body is very rich and full and it doesn’t seem to fall out in the middle like the barrel-aged version does. Could use a few years, but it’s still drinking pretty well. A bit of booze on the back. malrubius (2857) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2009
On tap @ Rattle n Hum. Reddish amber with lasting head and lace. Sherry brown sugar alcohol aroma. Very fruity brown sugar port alcohol flavors. Sticky alcohol mouthfeel. Very strong tasting in the alcohol dept and somewhat astingent bitterness. Not as bad as, say, Brooklyn Monster, but still a challenge to drink. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
English snow taffey and apricot in the nose. Bright auburn with no head. Flavor had resinous hops, tart unripe peaches and boose. A bit heavy and not impressive. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2008
On tap at Strong Ale 08. Pours orange with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and crazy, very hoppy and sweet. Taste is like a big well hopped barleywine. wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
On tap the 2008 Strong Ale Festival. Amber color. Very oaky aroma. Some tartness. No oxidation. OK.