Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2014 Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask-pulled at the Brewpub. Real small glass and a real small head. O.K. it’s 10% ABV, but I should be able to get a pint like the other beers on tap. It was dark amber and slightly cloudy. The first sip left the impression of sweetness. Subsequent swallows confirmed it was a dry-fruit sweetness that was barely balanced by the hops. It was a pretty good barleywine. I was thirsty so I switched to something else that was served in a pint glass.
Sampled at Battleship NJ beerfest (Camden). Pours a brownish amber color with a finger of foamy off white head. Aroma of booze, roasted malt, and caramel. Taste is also boozy, with notes of roast, caramel, and citrus zest. AndyW68 (1632) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Reddish brown pour with off white head. Aroma is floral and caramel. Taste is sweet caramel and floral. Overly sweet for me. DiarmaidBHK (5954) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
This one is 10%. It’s heavy yet somehow still has a degree of grace. It’s like the Charles Barkley or Ferenc Puskas of beers. Has a breadlike aroma. Pours solidly brown from cask with a nice white head. Has a smooth caramel taste and it finishes like a jackhammer. dmac (6504) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Draft at thebrewpub. Very very underwhelmed from this 10%er. I was hoping for a diamond in the rough and found a frog. Poured a dismal syrupy red body with "barley" a trace of head. Aroma of dry honey, cough drops, caramel, slight molasses and some green veggies. Flavor sadly is almost the same but add in lots of alcohol along with dry bread crusts and then tack on some dry old stalecaramel and toffee. Wek overall for a special beer. rman18 (314) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Had this at the brew house... comes in a small glass which is a slight rip off but the taste is nice with light hops and a lot of malt. The palate is beautifully smooth and a little sweet... It is dark brown/red caramel colour and taste is nice. Good beer, wish I had more.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Pours amber with a small white head. Very faint aroma for a barley wine, flowers, brandy, and caramel. Flavor starts spice, cinnamon, with sweet caramel and malt, finishes strong and bitter. Tingly palate but very little carbonation if that makes any sense. Good beer, seems a bit watered down, alcohol is fairly well hidden, worth a try chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2008
Pours brown with hints of red hazy smallish offwhite/beige head. smells glorious, big nose, full of lush cherry fruit, and malt biscuit cookie. spicy taste with minimal carbonation and perfect mouthfeel. great balance of hops and malts. although right now im starting to feel the hops are quite strong, still balanced, big juicey hops. great beer. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Sampled at "Central Jersey" beerfest-- like Sasquatch, this appeared for about two minutes then suddenly vanished. Copper colored with a honeyed pine aroma. Sticky/sappy pine and resin hops in a sweet honey malt body with dried fruit notes. Nice one to sip on the grass under a tree. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Handbottle from Dickinsonbeer. Hazy amber body with tiny, whispy cover of a head. The aroma is dark pitted fruits, caramel, light pine and citrus. The flavor is lightly sweet, toffee, pione, grapefruit, light cherry and raisins. Full body is soft and chewy with light, fine carbonation. Very nice.