kingaugusta (270) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2016 pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Bailey’s Taproom CellarFest 2013. 2007 vintage. Not sure if it’s been aged too long, but it is more bitter and not as satisfying as other barleywines. OK overall though.
Pours a clear and deep amber with a fairly fast light tan head. Nose is standard for the style with lots of booze, some maltiness, and a bit of floral hops and maple. Flavor is very alcohol and grain driven, with a decent balance of hops. Finish is super sticky. It’s better to me than the rating would indicate, but it’s hardly a standout among its barley wine peers. chinchill (5025) - 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! Suttree (6392) - 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. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"Keg of 2007 on tap at Baileys in Portland. Mostly caramel and some buttering hops and alcohol on the back end. A bit past its prime but still nice...juuuuust a bit stale. Great body though." beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle pours a hazy amber with a small off white head. Scent of hops and dark fruit. Taste is caramel and big time hops. Nice caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Pours darker amber with a quick off-white head. Nose is floral hops, maple syrup and lots of booze. Bizarre flavor: a strong, almost chocolately malt sharply changes to bitter hops on the back without either developing properly. Not a good combination. Alcohol is also unhidden and makes for an unpleasant finish. Sub-standard for such a well-regarded style. neepsntatties (1992) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2011
A 2007 bottle at a tasting at the home of, "hannont". Colour... very cloudy amber. Nose... boiled sweets with cinnamon discs and menthol drops. Palate... sweet, frothy, bitter on the sides of the palate with lots of dates, Christmas cake and sticky toffee pudding. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2011
23rd June 2009SpringsLicker (3642) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Hazy amber brown beer with an off white head. Semi dry and semi soft palate. An odd barleywine. Salty with bitter astringent citrus that doesn’t overwhelm. The mid is tasty with malt and fruit but the back end is all bitterness. Beer was best when pretty cold and the bitterness was supressed.
Pours hazy dark amber with a tall off-white head.
Faint malt aroma.
Sweet malt flavor that doesn’t come close to Barley wine complexity. Not bad, just not a Barley wine.