shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours a hazy deep copper color with a white head. Aroma is aged malts, some spice. Flavor is aged malts, some fruits. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2007
05’ vintage on tap at BPP. Thought this was one of the more impressive of the beers I tried at BPPs barley wine fest. A bit more malt complexity than most barleywines....comes off with more than just pure sweetness from the high alcohol. Alcohol has died down a bit, but still very much there. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2006
Draught 03’ vintage @ Brouwer’s Café during Hard Liver 2006: Ruby caramel, moderate off-white head, foamy, fairly nice lacing. Malty, bready, and slight caramel on the nose. Sweet biscuity malt on the tongue, with moderate hop bitterness. Moderate body and mouthfeel. Slightly sticky. A little alcohol burn on the exit. Fairly good! harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Much darker in color with some dark ruby edges and a light ring of foam. Amazing aroma, full of fresh cookie dough and yeasty bready esthers. Sweet wheat bready malty goodness, aftertaste comes and goes, tasty but forgettable. mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Sampled the ’03 version on tap in February 2006. Dark amber, nice appearance. Seems to have aged well, because this is a very nice barleywine. Well-balanced, good malty flavor with nice hop backbone.
Sammy (12491) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
Very alcoholic aroma
Pours light, thin yeast head..that makes it darker
Darker as it sits in glass
Bitter aftertaste, not enough balance
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Pours a deep mahogany and copper color. Very sweet smelling with hints of alcohol. Tastes of caramel, toffee, and has a very strong bitter hop flavor. Very warming, and sweet. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Pours a deep red, very clear, with a small off-whtie head. Very rich sweetness throughout, lots of rich fruit in the flavor, caramel, and a big hop finish. A liittle bit of alcohol shows in the finish. Nice barleywine that has lots of hops to age a bit. 3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2005 Hard Liver 2005
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Extremely dark red and purple hues. Smoky flavor, with a very acidic and biting palate, almost annoying. Hot alcohol everywhere, with a ’raunchy’ burnt maple syrup flavor that is unpleasent. Full of old, burnt food with hot hops and acetone aromas. As it warms it thankfully improves, with less of an alcohol burn and more oat and brown sugar flavors.
02.20.05 Tap at Toronado BWF #58, the other beer that was added on Sunday. Dark brown beer is hoppy, pine and apricot. Fruity and light to smell. Little lace. Dry malts, light roast, nutty. Sticky and pleasing, toffee. Middling hops to finish dry but with very sweet undertones. One of the good surprises of the event for me.