Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Bright crimson, near amber coloration, brief-to-non-existent head, and now, the aroma, sweet, brandyish, cherries, other fruits, tropicals, and more, ...I like it already, for sure. Very bright and fruity, niceness.
Taste: yum, very smooth, but full and fierce on the palate, bold and bright, yum again, and it’s not just the booze talking.
Big and whoooo, this is serious stuff!
Oh, a very nice beer, the body is full, the finish is long and fruity,the taste is ..just delicious...
I like this barleywine, very much...so tasty, and oh, so rich...this is a hell of a nice barleywine...wow, these guys have cooked up something good!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Cask (2003) @ Lupulin Slam II: Pours a dark amber red. Aroma od brown sugar, a slight soy, and a vague hoppiness. Flavor is of brown sugar, slgiht soy, and a mild hop. Very smooth. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2005
RFD - leftover cask from the Lapulin Slam - Hazed dark crimson and amber, very thin white head. Rich nose of candied grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, and toffee, with a slight tropical fruit undertone. Intense warming flavors of all the above with decent balance. Medium bodied, cask type carbonation, bitter-sweet, hoppy caramel finish. A very nice brew on this cold DC day.. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Draught @ Lupulin Slam: The version I sampled was aged from 2003 and is really coming along nicely. Dark amber with ruby tints. Aroma: hops, citrus, sweet caramel, toffee. Taste is slick, oily, and syrupy. The hops are still big here even after almost 2 years, but there’s a lot of caramel malt sweetness to balance it a bit. There’s also notes of toast and toffee. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Could have been my favorite brew at Stoudts brewfest. Cloudy amber color with fresh citrus aroma and nicely maked alcohol taste. Malty and toffee are the biggest flavors.
SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
Setting: Served on tap in a brandy snifter. Seemed to be cellarish in temp.
Appearance: Cloudy orange brown with a modest eggshell colored head, which goes to a ring as expected and left decent flecks of foam as the beer was consumed.
Aroma: Powerful grapefruit hop aromas. Toffee and marmalade malty goodness.
Flavor: Sharply bittersweet caramel malts and grapefruity hopes in balance. Pleasant peppery bite from the alcohol and hops on the finish.
Palate: Thick and viscous with lingering hop aftertastes. Alcohol is well masked for a beer topping 11% ABV (I couldn’t get an exact number).
Overall: Damn if this wasn’t a fine barleywine. I was remined of Old Guardian and Old Horizontal (good company for any barleywine, IMHO). DC area RBer’s should get off their asses and try this stuff.
Other factoids: per the beer info sheet, this is an "American style barleywine" using Amarillo and Santium hops. blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2004
a very solid barleywine... a nice winish nose with a fine barley finish. A lot more then i was expecting from cap city hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2004
This beer rocks!
The nose is so close to Victory's Old Horizontal Barleywine. The flavor is so close to Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA... which I am drinking at the moment.
Hazy, deep copper ale with a small, fizzy, white head.
Pineapple and perfume in the nose. The flavor is decently balanced, but a bit on the sweet side... as an East coast barleywine should be. Very malty with plenty of warm alcohol. Full-bodied with an alcoholic mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet finish. World class brew! MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Deep, dusty orange. Smells like grapefruit. Taste, not surprisingly, is also of lots of grapefruit. Bit of orange tanginess in it, but mostly just grapefruit. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Opaque copper with beige head. Aroma is strong grapefruit. Taste is fresh grapefruit juice, complete with that pucker you get when it's fresh-squeezed. There's a bit of carbonation, but it really seems to have even the texture of grapefruit juice. Some malt stickiness does show through, though the alcohol really doesn't. If you slipped this beer to a blind person who always starts the day with a glass of grapefruit juice, I wonder if s/he'd even notice.