Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 19, 2001
A decent introduction to the barleywine style, but lacks the complexity and depth of bad boys like Bigfoot and Full Sail's Old Boardhead. JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
(draught - 1 yr. lagering) Deep red beer; brownish, slight head. Very fresh nose, but subdued. Slight impression of piney hops. Taste is bitter, but with a lot of roasted/dark malts underneath the hops. The lagering seems to have very little done for the beer - there is a winey touch but the bitterness its too oppressive to give it a real chance. Very well bodied, oily, slick feeling. Still, to watery-thinnish texture for an aged Barley Wine. I would expect more. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Strong, pungent aromas and flavors of alcohol and overripe fruits, like sweet and sour caramel and fig. Nice rich color matches the syrup-like texture. I agree with the others that this might mellow over time, but I didn't love it enough to cache it. Certainly appreciate the high ABV in a cheap-ish beer in cold, cold, MT. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 26, 2004
bottled into a pint glass: dark rich color, large bubbles not a alot of carbonation. sweet smell alcohol and hops. very strong ....9.1%abv and you can tell their not trying to hide it from ya. a good barley wine , but i like bigfoot better. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
2003 bottle: Dark mohogany color with a thick frothy cream-colored thinly-lacing head. Aroma is mostly dry with an earthy pine English hoppiness and some mild caramel malty sweetness. The nose seems to be confused though as the elements don’t quite mesh together for some reason. Body starts with some caramel sweetness on the tip of the tounge, turning slightly acidic toward a dry, yet sticky, bitter finish. Don’t taste much alcohol here, but this is really lacking balance and complexity and just seems to be quite bereft in what I expect from a barleywine.
motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 15, 2004
04 on tap at the brewery - amber brown with chocolate and prune aroma and some light woodiness. pleasant if a bit too sweet. 03 version bottled - very sweet and syruppy. golden syrup and treacle with some pine and red grape BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
Clear amber body, some bubbles and a mid sized head. Aroma is slightly malty, sweet and candy like with a light whiskey hint. Flavour was lightly malt, grape, alcohol and some sugars. Enjoyable, but not really a lot going on. Ratman197 (15350) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Clear garnet color with a minimal offwhite head.Aromas of plum, grape,and tobacco promise more than yhe flavor delivers. Somewhat complex flavors of grape tobacco and some pepper. Still the flavors are light for the style, as is the mouthfeel. Come on Bridgeport, you can do better than this! Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - SEP 8, 2005
one of those beers i am glad i had 2 of. first time i tried it i lost my notes or could not decipher them the next day. this time i split it with lumpy. thick red pour with a yellow head that goes to a ring quick. green raisin aroma with some sourness that is not pleasant. pear and banana flavor with some bitter woodiness. like drinking threw a pine straw. i think"maroon" when i drink this, don’t ask me why. very sweet and lingering bubblegum finish really grabs me. some biting alcohol and pine flavor that accosts me. CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Reddish brown with a tan head that stays only as a reminder that this beer is different. Very complex and strong alochol taste, which was not expected with the sweet sugary aroma. The fruity taste subsides to the hoppiness for a bitter finish. Not a bad beer, but watch how much of it you drink!