grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Pours a darkish amber with a tan head. Aroma is caramel and a lot of alcohol. Flavor is very sweet with an alcohol bite. madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours coppe with a very thin white head. Big aroma, lots of dark fruit, sugar, caramel, hops. Taste is more of the same, somewhat sweeter than I normally like, but this isn’t bad. Sugar, dark fruit, bready malt and hops. Full bodied and noticable alcohol. I like it, but probably better served in the winter. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
12oz bottle from tytoanderso - thanks, Santa! I didn’t know if I was in the mood for a barleywine but figured I’d try this one out. Boy, it was a pleasant surprise. A nice crisp pour, amber color and a slighly cloud, well carbonated body. Strong fruity hops in the aroma, and there’s definitely some bite in the initial sips. Malty sweetness emerges fairly quickly but there’s nothing cloying about it. What’s stronger is the bready, biscuity middle of the body. It’s really very nice. The finish is a bit murky, but it can’t spoil a fine barleywine. I’m impressed with my first beer from Central Waters. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2008
A rosey pour wth light white head and lace. Aroma of sweet cherries and ltie dried fruit. Very nice semi sweet flavor of dried fruit and medium hops. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. A very solid BW. Yikes I like it. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2008
12oz bottle poured and tasted next to its BA brother.... both were pretty similar in appearance. a heavily clouded dark toffee brown with a lively and moderate light brown head....chewy sweet caramel malt and some dark fruits mingling in the background. also somewhat biscuity.... nice typical barleywine flavor. caramel malt and sweet fruit all around. solid, full mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2008
600th rating of 2008, how time flies. 12oz via bonus from The_Eepiest. Pours orange with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet and full of nice dry fruits. Taste is really nice, a little too much caramel, but a good BW nonetheless. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Pours a nice amber red color with a fizzy off-white colored head leaving trace amount of lacing. Smells of caramel, dark fruits, cherries, strawberries, and hint of vanilla. Taste is much of the same, complex and sweet, but not cloying. A hint of hops is detected as well as a small amount of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel would be perfect, it’s full bodied and smooth, but there is just way too much carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the carbonation levels as well; otherwise this would be a damn near perfect beer to me. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Dark bronze with a white head. Heavy caramel-covered apple nose with an undercurrent of piney hops - somewhat oxidized but that’s ok. Flavor starts with big toffee caramel up front then wood, pipe tobacco and resinous piney/citrusy hops. Very woody in a good way. Kinda boozy. Full, round, chewy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Nice beer - definitely a sipper. notalush (5880) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Fizzy dark copper beer, with a few soapy bubbles at the top - aroma of syrup-soaked cherries, brown sugar, a bit of vanilla - the flavor is quite similar - starts out quite sweet and fruity, followed by some rolled oats, caramel, fig, date - finishes with some hop bitterness and alcohol warmth - a little bit of grainy character in the end - reminds me a bit of bigfoot with some age on it, but lacking a bit of that beers character - still nice, though. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Pours a clear deep copper with a minimal off-white head that dissipated quickly to nothing and leaves little lacing. Smell is sweet and dominated by toffee, raisins, and figs. The alcohol burn is evident in the nose as well. The taste is very complex with the aforementioned tofee and dark fruits, but with additional vanilla and caramel sweetness along with a heavy roasted malt flavor as well. The mouthfeel is dry but super malty and alcoholic. The alcohol and malt heaviness take away from the drinkability a bit but this is a very good barleywine.