beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2008
2007 Edition. 22 oz. bottle. Damn, the top was a pain in the ass to take off, never mind tiny pieces pieces of red wax floating in my beer. Minus one point in the overall for that. When I finally opened the bottle, it poured a clear dark amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted until about mid-glass. Pleasant aroma of caramel and sweet citrus. The flavor is caramel with some sweet citrus, but lacks a bit in depth. Medium bodied with a little heat from the alcohol at the finish. An ok barley wine but lacking some of the richness I think of with this style. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
22 oz. bottle 2007 vintage, from John’s Marketplace in Portland. Pours hazy chestnut color with little to no head. Aroma of brown sugar, overripe pear, earth, florals and a hint of roast. Flavor is dominated by malts, with a bit of dark fruit and molasses, herbs, black tea and light pomegranate notes, with dust and alcohol present as well. Full body with carbonation almost absent. Pretty good, but with little hoppiness to balance all the rich earthy malts, really my style of barleywine. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Sample @ Coles Barleywine Tasting Buffalo NY. Pours a medium to light amber color. Sweet caramel malt mixed with citrusy hops. Pineapple & Grapefruit. Nice. 2006 version ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark garnet-hued body with a small, frothed, off-white head.
Smell: Caramelly crystal malt nose. Cherry fruitiness. Fresh-brewed ice tea. Touch of spruce. Blast of ethanol.
Taste: Caramel with a dash of southern iced tea and a bulky crystal malt sweetness. Topped with two, maybe three maraschino cherries. Spruce hints. Citrusy hops with a moderate bitterness. Bittersweet, boozed up finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A little hot, a little harsh when first released, I’ve got some bottles of the ’06 in the cellar which will soon be joined by the ’07 vintage for a long, quiet, much needed rest. bhensonb (15967) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
2007 bottle. Warm roasted caramel aroma with some alcohol and raisin. Dark copper red color with a white head that quickly ringed. Medium to full body with creamy carbonation. Roasted dark malt with heat and dark fruit. Very smooth and tasty. Finish is a bit sweet and there’s not a great deal of bitter. One heck of a good drink though.
AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2008
2005 bottling. Clear copper color with a frothy head. Strong smell of figs, dates, raisons, caramel is lightly oxidized. Med/heavy body. Decent taste is bittersweet with caramel, pit fruits, and hot alcohol. Pretty decent aged brew here. 103006 Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2008
(2007 vintage) Starts with an aroma of sugar, fruit, and alcohol. Pours a dark reddish-amber, with about a finger of off-white head. More of a roast/caramel flavor to this beer then anything else. Light mouthfeel, alcohol hidden very well in the flavor. Not a bad barleywine, but nothing special. Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
From Uber. Nice ruby color, with a nice cream colored head. Aroma is very malty and sticky, with maple syrup, caramel, and a faint hoppiness. Taste is lightly alcoholic, some toffee, caramel, dried fruit, black cherries. Doesn’t have much depth for a barleywine, but by no means is this a bad beer. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2008
22oz bottle. Fruity yeasty bread aroma. Red body, not much of a head. Starts off with a killer dose of bitter burn. Then a sweet fruit juice flavor and on the finish a caramel nutmeg. Body texture little thinner than most barley wines. Alright but just didn’t have a wow factor to it for me. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Tap at HDG Daze. I was busy while drinking this one and not much stood out. Very sweet aroma and taste but a little weak as well. Not bad overall but I like more in my BW’s.