Ernest (7864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin, apricot), with notes of alcohol and candied fruit (mango, pineapple, etc.). Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A perfectly fine barleywine that’s somewhere in between American and British in style, though leaning a bit more towards the former. No idea why the score so far is so low; it’s pleasantly fruity under the hops and nicely balanced for the style. A little boozy perhaps, but that’s pretty much the only gripe. blankboy (7833) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mabel & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a small frothy white head. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of alcohol, some fruit and floral hops. Flavour: Whoa, man that’s boozy! Malt, resiny hops and a dry very bitter finish. Average bodied. Somewhat hard to drink, this is just O.K. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet sugary caramel with a hint of grapefruity hops. First sip had some sweet malt to it, but a lot of citrusy bittering hops and a big, warming finish, but after a few sips, the beer started to meld together a little better. The sweetness came out to balance the bitterness and both worked to mask the alcohol. After my first sip I didn’t think I’d be finishing the 22oz bottle, but I’m more than half way there and showing no signs of stopping. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Bomber, a couple years old. Poured clear reddish-orange with a short-ish lived cap of beige head.. cool translucent effect in the light. The aroma picked up warm, deeper biscuit, molasses, and honey malts accented by a little earth and spicy alcohol warmth.. smelled a bit broken down by age, but it was still enjoyable. The flavor opened with tangy, almost minty spruce character, followed by molasses maltage.. honey and bread gave additional support.. very, very bitter as the drink progressed (but it lacked direction).. peppery alcohol notes and more mint around.. long, rather sweet (but still very bitter) finish. Medium-bodied and surprisingly slick on the palate.. hot, but not too bad considering ABV and style.. the bitterness was sharp and off-putting at times.. I’d be curious to try a fresher sample. HogTownHarry (7081) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle (22oz). Shared with blankboy, gregclow, jerc, mabel & tupalev. Hazy deep orange pour, average frothy beige head. Papery malt aroma with dry slightly stale resin hop bitterness, a hint of dry wood. Sharp, bitter, boozy taste, orange zest and dry resin bitterness - a long, huge dry bitter finish. Average body, stinging carbonation, dryly acidic and astringent, long grapefruit pith linger. Not all that bad.
AmEricanbrew (7065) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Clear copper color with an off white head. Decent smell is classic B-wine alcohol, malts, pit fruits. Smooth and full bodied. Taste is mostly hot, spicy alcohol with a mild pit fruit sweetness. The big alcohol bitterness over powers this brew. 4207 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle: Amber in color, moderate off-white head, foamy, fairly attractive lacing.   Citrusy nose, slightly astringent, some orange peel/rind in there.   Noticing some alcohol as well.   Alcohol infused candied citrus rind on the tongue.   For now its better than expected.   Decent malt base, but not as much as I would have liked to see.   Somewhat perfumy, scented hairspray like.   Seems a bit rough around the edges, fairly young, green.   Doesn’t have that organic twang that I so often get.   Surprisingly smooth, given how rough it is.   Finish is fairly clean, warming, some alcohol notes, along with that somewhat astringent citrus rind.   Definitely young, alcoholic, and perfumy, with the ever present citrus twang.   Tiz okay I suppose... but definitely would be better with age. Suttree (6521) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle from a trade a while back and I can’t remember who sent it to me, but thanks! Copper, thin white head. Smells like prune, caramel, oak and a whiff of maple. Taste is oaky, woody, with a good deal of caramel and toffee, plus a bit of pepper. Some fruity notes, as well. Cybercat (6239) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Pours an appetizing clear brownish copper with a thick, frothy head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is strong and malty with a brandy-ish fruit overtone. Flavor has an undertone of molasses, as well as smoky and nutty hints - and the typical strong alcohol bite of a barleywine. Texture is fairly edgy, and it leaves a rather bitter, hoppy aftertaste. hayduke (5703) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a dark copper color with a big fat fluffy pillow of a head that left large chunks of lacing. Nose of caramel malts, fruits, and hops. This is supposed to be a Barley Wine but does not taste quite like one. Mouthfeel is somewhat sweet and oily. Flavor are complex but do not totally integrate. Alcohol is apparent. I actually found this decent to drink, and would be curious to see it would settle down in a couple of years. I will have to try to get another bottle.