apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2006
This looks like a great barleywine - with a frothy, huge, long-lasting head over a dark mahogany body, cloudy. The aroma is very sour, and indeed much like a Flemish sour ale. Tart cherries, mixed with lots of sugarcane. The flavor is a strange blend of the barleywine-heavy-sweetness mixed with some kind of lambic or sour ale. It reminds me a little bit of Ommegang’s 3 philosphers, which I quite like. This beer is very interesting, to say the least. notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottled October 1998 - wow, huge carbonation, ruby hue with a well-sustained head, cloudy body - very flemish sour-like aroma, with lots of overripe apples, cherries (skins and all), plums and a cider-like acidity - much more belgian than it is barleywine-like - some light caramel and toffee at first, but a dry, belgian sour character settles in soon after that - some kriek-like cherry and spice flavors hand around a while - I’m not quite sure what this beer was supposed to be, but after 8 years in the bottle (at least in THIS bottle), it has turned into something great. coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Slob gave me a bottle years ago and I consumed it nearly immediatly. And yet another in trade recently. Some edgy oxidation, but still a malty powerful brew that hints of mulled fruit, and refined sugar. Peaking or just a bit past. but yummy all the same. A great beer that has sadly gone the way of the Dodo. Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 (Vintage 1998) Wow I cannot believe the carboantion in this brew for being 8 years old. Large pfttt when I cracked up the heavily wax encased top of the bottle. Large offwhite head of medium sized bubbles with great carbonation for a brew this old. Nice sweet caramel aroma with a hint of sourness. Some wet wood and other dark fruits. Color is a dark rusty brown. Flavor is mildly sour with plenty of caramel, more wet oak, raisins, alcohol and a hint of butterscotch. Thick sweet and chewy palate. A little bit too sweet. Nice alcohol warming and bit of tingle on the gums. Finish is slightly sour with a thick malty coating. Not a brew for the feint of heart. If you like your BW with a hint of oxidation, this brew would be perfect for you. Can only imagine what this would be like when fresher. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2006
1999 Vintage courtesy of Tim. Was supposed to be saving this one for a tasting, but it was opened accidentally by a brother-in-law. Oh well. Pours a deep dark old barleywine color. Notes of date and caramel on the palate lead into prune, caramel, bourbon, toffee, and just a hint of unpleasant funk, likely due to its age. Solid finish. Headache inducing!
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Very strong,It has been years but
Frederick never steered me wrong.
Sad 2 see this brewer go.Worse is rate
beer deleting retired brews!!!42 percentile
This brew deserves better. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Spanish Eddie (baby) supplied this 1998 beer that may well surpass my actual rating as right now I’m on my (8th?) beer follwing the basement tasting of the previous night which was when I it was actually consumed. Not my fave barleywine, but quitegood none the less. British styleamped up? Imperial British barleywine (but not)? robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Cloudy Caramel with Sandy Skin. Prunes, Rich Malt Aroma. Nice Warming...Heavy Prunes and Rich Malts..Nice Simple and Enjoyable Barley Wine! badgerben (5188) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Original Rating, May 31, 2005. Murky brown color with no head. Malty aroma. Strong malt base with a sugar hit. Something almost like celery in the finish. A bit strange to say the least. A touch sour and tart. Not the best barley wine around. 6/3/4/2/9 Re-rating, Skyview Tasting 2.5, Vintage October 1999. Dark orange color with no head. Aroma of sweet caramels and light orange. Very pruney taste. Sweet malt, a little oxidized and some sherry notes. Really improved. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 I picked up this bottle about a year ago and have no idea as to it’s age. A thick wax cracks away easily enough to get at the cap. Aroma is burnt apricot that was acrid. Taste is nasty, tart sour that obviously turned. Label says this stuff will continue to get bettter for up to 10 years. Unless this beer is over ten years old, I highly doubt that. Total drainpour.