trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2007
2007 release. Clear copper pour with a thick but squatty off-white head. Oranges, citrus, hops, pine, earth, and malt make up the nose. Big malt and big hops in the taste. Lots of resin with less grapefruit. Not well balanced, but both tastes are great. TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
A decent barleywine. Very hoppy up front with a lingering warmth from the ample (10.6%) alcohol. I would like to try this again when the weather is cooler. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2008
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, Jerc, Mabel, and GregClow, Harry’s bottle, last beer of the night. Deep dark orange, small white head. Grain, hops, lots of malt, in aroma. Great taste - alcohol, tons of hops, huge astringent linger - a very nice flavourful hoppy barleywine. I really enjoyed it! JaBier (8156) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Sampled at the Hopsnobbery Collective barley wine tasting on 3.14.09. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Malty caramel aroma with a touch of hop. A bit of hop flavor up front with caramel malt and more subtle hop in the finish. One of the better offerings of the evening. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber/burnt orange color with a big off-white head.
S: What a nose. Lots of intensely creamy caramel notes, milk, toffee, brown sugar, and some more caramel. I was really impressed with the aromas, I must say.
T: Though not quite as striking as the nose, this beer has a very solid flavor. The sweetness is what this beer is all about, but it’s not cloying (though there are no overt hop characteristics). Sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and somewhat creamy.
M: A medium-full body on this beer with a soft, medium level of carbonation.
D: This was a surprisingly delicious beer. Too bad I don’t have any of this myself as it was really enjoyable.
bhensonb (15601) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
Aroma starts with malt, quickly followed by pine hop. Translucent color of ripe apricot flesh, and an off-white head that is vigorous. A bit of lacing. It starts warm and malty. Not overly carbonated. A light burning sensation at the back of the palate. A bit vinous in mid-quaff. The malt persists through the middle, the alcohol tends to demand attention, but the finish is relatively dry - it just takes a long time to get to that point. Finally a resiny bitterness remains. It’s likely to persevere for awhile. Oakes (18467) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 Bright amber colour. Toasty, peachy, orangey nose. Lots of different malt elements, going nowhere fast. Funny brew to describe, it’s all of everything, some of nothing but ultimately I kind of like it. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
650 ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a rich amber color with sudsy off-white head that lasted a while and left plenty of lacing in the glass. The aroma is strong with a citrus and sweet malt bouquet. The flavor up front is very hoppy biter; the impact of this beer is that it is an IPA or IIPA because of the bitterness. Besides the biter there is a taste of grapefruit, raisins, and walnuts. The mouthfeel is smooth and full, with good carbonation. The finish is long with lingering bitterness. Overall: this is a great beer to come home to after a hard day at work. Recommended. Cybercat (6010) - 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. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle. Reddish amber pour with very little beige head. Aroma is vanilla tobacco and rich dark fruit / fig. Sort of acidic palate, but good dark fruit / fig flavor. Vanilla tobacco undertones in flavor and mild alcohol and bittering hops in the finish. Better than I thought it would be.