drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 12oz bottle 2006 just a few months old, this was my second BW today during the great blizzard of Colorado ’06. pours a rather dark brown with reddish hue and a nice head. aroma is rather weak, hints of maple syrup, alcohol, and slight hops. flavor has some mild baker’s chocolate notes that gets annoying as i drink, brown sugar, maple syrup, solid malty base, with slight alcohol coming through but not much for 11.25%. overall nothing special but a drinkable BW. i’m aging a few so we’ll see how it ages. 3.2. Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2012
4/19/09, 2006 vintage aged 3 years. pours hazy prune with khaki head. nose of maple syrup, port, caramel, and raisins. flavors of rasins, caramel, chocolate, with a dry woody finish. med body. low carbonation. still not very oxidized at all. i’d say this improved quite a bit but still nothing special. thin mouth feel. 3.6.
Poured a murky brown, almost cola-like color with little to no head. Smells of caramel, toffee, alcohol, vanilla, and wood. Taste starts out malty/sweet, some vanilla & toffee in there and finishes with medium bitterness. Aftertaste is kind of hoppy but also on the boozy side. Pretty good. drjay44 (3707) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin, short lived, beige head, over a clear, coppery amber (SRM 15) body....nose is molasses, brown sugar, toffee/caramel.....taste is sweet throughout, with raisin, dried cherry, finishing slightly hot, with a mild bitterness....mouth feel is thick and chewy, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. This is a lightly hopped Barley Wine, well balanced, with the alcohol nicely hidden. In many ways as it warms it drifts toward a Belgian Strong, in that the malt/yeast end of the spectrum begins to dominate the hops. BJCP 8/3/14/5/7 Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2004
OK gathering-Mjames apartment-2002 vintage-pours a deep amber hue with minimal head. decent carbonation. aroma of sweet green apples, licorice, fermented cherries. resiny palate that is full bodied. very complex and balanced. I wish i bought a 4 pack instead of one bottle! SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Vintage 2002. From my own Barleywine tasting party in May of 2004. A garnet-copper color upon pour. Quite the hoppy aroma on this puppy. A little more carbonated than I like in my barleywine, but hey, that’s not so bad. Strange that the head retention is poor for such carbonation, but that’s also not a need in this style. Malt body is not so sweet, but has a strong hop character. Back of the tongue finishes roasted malt. The palate might be a little thin.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Hazy amber-apricot colored. Foamy head. Intense nose! Flavors were complexly odd and curious though: malty-sweet, alcoholic, milky and fruity. Smooth and soft palate, almost watery, with a very low carbonation level. Alcohol hidden incredibly well! Seemingly subdued in flavor, not in alcohol. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle, from trade with snowtiger. Good nose, sweet. Lots of fruit, fig,raisin, plum, orange, grapefruit. Hints of peanut. Hazy orangy brown color, no head, minor lacing. Bitter flavor, sour. Like aroma with grapefruit, burnt grain flavor being the most prominant. Medium body, creamy oily litely fizzy mouthfeel, bitter citrusy finish. ABV bites on finish. Ok, but brash right now. Some mellowing is needed, IMO. Lack of head and somewhat lifeless mouthfeel knocked it down for me. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2009
12oz 2005 Vintage via trade with hopdog. Thanks Steve. Pours a think cloudy cauldron of brownish dirty looking water. Nose is sweet with sherry notes. Taste is sweet almost cloyingly sweet with some strange background notes. Overall I have to say this is good, but a bit strange, and slightly off. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2010
12oz, 2009 bottle. Pours a rich amber-ruby colored body with a thin, tan head that leaves a light to moderate, delicate lacing. Aroma is sweeter and richer caramels with cherry-dark fruits, brown sugar, and some pleasant piney, flowery hops. A light toasted toffee, earthy pepper, and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is nice as well, but just a tad jumbled at times. Sweeter up front with caramels and toffee before some brown sugar and cherry-dark fruits come in. Some toast and a light chocolate that I didn’t pick up in the aroma come in with some earthy pepper before this finishes with a good amount of piney hops with a bit of a fresh herb taste, yet remains somewhat sticky from the malt sweetness. A noticable alcohol, but not distracting. Moderate bitterness with a slight resin and residual sweetness that slowly dries leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Full, creamy body with just a touch of carbonation. Overall, an alright barley wine. Lots of malt flavor with a good amount of hops to balance, but it seemed a bit messy. Despite that, I enjoyed it. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Cloudy copper with aromas of dried fruits and caramel, a lot of caramel. Still some hops are alive to balance out flavors of toast and crystal malts. Sticky sweet with a full body.