BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle: Pours a murky brown color, a little head. The nose is brash with a caramel and bread debacle along with a starchy and piney hop conundrum. Alcohol is up there, and it’s spotted all over the place. Initially, mid drink, full after palate. Lingering. The bitterness sneaks up the rear and overpowers the otherwise tame malt body. Not that great. nearbeer (5370) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2008
650 ml. Clear, darkish copper with a lasting one-inch foam that leaves a delicate lacing behind. Aroma of butterscotch, sharp grain (like rye), earthy peat and toasted nut. Flavors of toffee, peat, cherry liqueur, pecan, oak and apple. Big aftertaste of bitter wood and pith is a bit harsh. Medium body is silky smooth, and tingly-peppery dry with alcohol, roast malt and bitter-pithy hops. Fairly complex aroma and flavors, but somehow they don’t seem to mesh as well as they should to be an outstanding BW. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
This Barleywine pours a deep copper color from a 22oz bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied barleywine. Malts are caramel and sweet, touch of biscuit and fruit. Hops are grapefruity and piney. The taste is sort of like the name, it is sort of a train wreak at the moment. Big brash malts and big ass hops collide in a flavor explosion with your palate stuck in the middle. That said, it is a well balanced beer and has both a good malt backbone and a good hop profile. This beer would really benefit from a year or so in he bottle. There is a very definite alcohol flavor as well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of alcohol bite. Aurelius (5294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2008
Chalky, chocolate, malty American brown ale aroma. Clipart label, milky film that clings to the side of the glass and turns into legs, fairly dark brown, pretty clear. Orange pith bitter, cereal nuttiness, coniferous/herbal overtones, ABV is reasonably masked. Strong pepper-bitter aftertaste on the front of the tongue, herbal in the high palate, pine-pudding mouth. My overall impression is that this is an Imperial American Brown. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle. Hazy red-orange with little head. Rusty chewy aroma is earthy, minerally, with lots of fruit after that and caramelized backed apples. Chewy mouthfeel. Caramelized dough, oat bran muffin, and metallic. Not my thing.
hayduke (5188) - 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. CapFlu (5126) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
(Bottle) Organic beer blind tasting at Brouwers’s in Seattle, March 3, 2007. Thin, white foamy head with a red-orange body. Nose is floral, nail polish. Flavour is highly orange. Hopped and good malt balance. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bomber- somehow I think I was drinking this with Beastiefan2k a couple years ago from the look of the post it note found in my pile. Pours a nice deep amber with a thinning fizzy head. Aroma is very sweet, toasted malts, caramel malts, molasses, brown sugar, and fruity esters with slight hops. Flavor is toffee caramel, weak and watereed down overall and the hops get a bit grassy and astringent. Finish is spicy with a good kick of alcohol burn. Not a trainwreck, but not that great. chinchill (4938) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Aged 22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Very smooth and near full body, with some warmth but nicely tame for 10.6% ABV.
Aroma: caramel, raisins, alcohol, vanilla.
Flavors: brown bread, butterscotch, alcohol, wood.
O: a fairly mainstream but organic and very well crafted barleywine. Recommended! ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep amber body with a large, creamy-looking off-white head.
Smell: Alcoholic, sweet-smelling nose of caramel syrup and candied citrus fruits. Lesser notes of biscuits and pine needles as well.
Taste: Sugary caramel flavor upfront followed by a variety of juicy citrus fruits, traces of pine, and a solid bitterness. The sweetness makes a rebound with hints of brown sugar coated biscuits. The candy sweet finish carries with it a palate-scorching alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Definite warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability: Not so bad, all things considered, though it most certainly could benefit from further time away in the cellar.