Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Almost red pour. Kind of dissapointing as the malt was by far overtaken by the hop taste. Canít say itís too strong but no balance. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2007
on tap-pours an off white head and copper/red color. Aroma is sweet/syrupy fermented fruit. Taste follows, medium malt, some alcohol. OK effervescence. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Cloudy dark amber pour. Yipe - something funky in here - very fruity, reasonably hot, really almost a gummy candy flavor. What the... this is not at all what I was expecting, and Iím not a fan. 3fourths (9332) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 1999: 6.5 year old bottle. No head when poured. Rich and sweet nose, you can smell the oxidation easily, but itís not too much of a bad thing with this beer. Subdued overall, perhaps even a bit bland at times, with some light plums and light alcohol apparency.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 4, 2003
2003: Deep copper brown. Nose of red wine, cedar, and strawberries, but loses a point for too strong of an alcohol aroma. A little thin initially on the tongue, with not too much carbonation but also not much alcohol present on the tongue, so the experience is all kind of mellow and soft. Mild cedar, allspice, oak, and cranberry flavors. Fairly weak on the tongue, and flavor-wise there is not anything which stands out to make a strong case.
The marketing on this brew is truly amazing. Slap a pretty label on it, stress the 11th batch...it just disappointed me. The aroma was a bourbon/Southern Comfort blend. Extremely thin mouthfeel as well, especially for a barleywine. Flavors of brown sugar, apples, oatmeal and yes, bourbon.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
In short: A sweet syrupy and very fruity American Strong ale of some kind. Unsettling vinous/grape fruity character.jonno (2756) - JAPAN - APR 21, 2009
How: Bottle 12oz, about 1 year of age.
The look: Dark cloudy amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is unexpectedly vinous with notes of cherries, pomegranates and other fruity flavours I donít want in an American Barley Wine. Taste is sweet, very sweet and fruity. Again a weird fruity character here. Sweet cranberry juice, sweet figs, sweet grapes, that type of stuff. Way too sweet. A little unpleasant grapes sourness. Syrupy body/mouthfeel. I didnít like it. Weird peculiar beer that just didnít feel right. As strangely put together as someone needing a hearing aid because of a plantar wart.
Rather sub standard for such a big beer. Really disappointed. THe nose was rather sweet. The body was medium to full. Other than that the flavour profile was minimal and I felt more than a little ripped off. Expensive malt liquor BillKismet (4041) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Cherrywood colored with a thick, tannish head. The aroma had touches of marsala and intimated an appealing full bodiedness, but the bouquet would not unravel. The body is alcoholic and at some points ether-like, but this was completely drinkable. However, this beer would reside on the lower end of my barleywine list---complexity never manifested itself. muzzlehatch (4952) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Sampled with egajdzis and eyedrinkale after the Philly gathering. Deep coarse reddish-brown...extremely vinous and sour nose, and a bit sour all the way through..light hops, sour cherry-grape notes, fairly thick and syrupy but without enough bitterness to keep from cloying until the very end, when hops take over but itís too late, because the beer has, essentially, failed. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2010 Bridgeport Brewing Company--Old Knucklehead Barleywine Ale--1993 Release--7 oz. Bottle--9.10% ABV (4.0 / 5.0) Barleywine--Mixed With 2008 Stone. Aged well Mellow bisquit dulled sweet malty hop body. Mild lacy h ead.Cloudy dark amber brown red color. Mild fruit aroma. Mellow creamy mild tangy hot hint smooth spicy rich end. Sharp Original: Smooth Aged! Sampled 7/17/2008.
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Old Knucklehead Barleywine Ale--1994 Release--7 oz. Bottle--9.10% ABV, Barleywine--Have In Storage.
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Old Knucklehead Barleywine Ale--1997 Release--12 oz. Bottle--9.10% ABV. (2.0 / 5.0) Barleywine--Cloudy Rich Amber Color. Initially overpoweringly Sweet. Sweetness dissipates as alcohol bite in finish arrives. Still too sweet for me. Easier to taste than to drink. 10/31/1998
Bridgeport Brewing Company Old Knucklehead Barleywine Style Ale 1998 12 oz. Yes 9.10% 4.0 / 5.0 Barleywine Clear rich deep black cherry red color. Huge hoppy malty front followed by equally rich malty body. Rich flavorful sweetness with intense toffee caramel flavor. Smooth until hot alcohol finish. 12/27/1999
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Old Knucklehead Barleywine Style Ale--1999--12 oz. Bottle--9.10% ABV. Barleywine--Have In Storage.
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Old Knucklehead BarleyWine Style Ale--No 011--Fred Eckhardt--2003 Release--12 oz. Bottle--9.10% ABV. Barleywine--Have In Storage.