Suttree (6385) - 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. jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Bottle: Pours a copper color with a medium sized off-white head. Citrus and piney hops with a malty sweetness in the aroma. The taste is plenty of citrus and piney hops, some malt presence, and caramel. I like a hoppy barley wine, so this one is quite drinkable. Thanks to Indiana_Red for sharing this. 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. Ernest (7695) - 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. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottled. Beer is clear medium caramel-brown colored. The head is small, white, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing, but ultimately lasting.<P>First impression on the nose is more like an IIPA. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted bread, caramel and biscuit; Hoppy with light/moderate notes of resin/pine, moderate/heavy grassy herbal; Yeasty with a light note of basement, trace of dish rag; Light notes of alcohol and candy sugar, trace of grains of paradise.<P>The flavor is rich. Moderately/heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter with a long, warm, moderately sweet, light/moderately bitter finish. Trace of astringency on the gums. Bready rets and long-lasting grip.<P>The body is medium/full, the texture is velvety/syrupy and the carbonation is lively.<P>Not bad, not super.
IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
2007 Bomber from Bottle Barn; Nose of floral hops, plums, and caramel; Copper with a medium honey colored head; flavor has a little hop bitterness, brwon sugar, caramel, and raisins mixed with light alcohol. Pretty good and underrated for a young BW. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2008
bottle, from Cary Wholefoods. bought several months back, drank 1/3/08. Good aroma, sweet. Vanilla, toffee, maple, grainy, cardboard, citrus-lemon/grapefruit, little earthiness. Clean copper color, good head that faded to a ring. Good lace. Bitter sweet flavor, mainly bitter, with occassional sweet streaks. Medium body, a thinner ceamy mouthfeel, sweet dry finish. Could of mellowed abit more as I thought it was a tad hot. Flavor got better as it warmed. Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Pours a reddish copper with a crappy head. Smells matly and hoppy. Has a lot of sweet malt in the flavor, some raisin and other unexpected stuff. Good amount of hop bitterness to balance the sweet barley wine malts. Goes down a lot smoother than I expected, the alcohol isn’t overwhelming in the taste or finish. So far barely wines aren’t a favorite style of mine but this wasn’t too shabby.
ABUSEDGOAT (2759) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Amber colored, pretty good lacing and retention. Aroma is a mixed bag of cookie, caramel, various fruits, moderate to low hops. Medium to full body, pretty sweet. While most of their beers lack any real character, the soft ’organic’ feel helped this one out IMO. Very drinkable for a 10.6% BW. Quite a bit going on, but flavors are minuscule for a 10.6% beer. Interesting one... KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours a murky, hazy gold. Aroma of honey, dark fruits, and alcohol. Thin mouthfeel, a bit watery. Big citrus hop taste with a nice cookie malt balance. Bitter finish clings to the tongue.