Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
50/50 balance of wonderful caramel and malts. The flavor has some earthy hops but leans real forward to barrel aging and the malt complexity. This is so rich and good with a slight warmth of alcohol. Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Nice to have rated this as the 667 rating....get it off the devil, big toffe malts in aroma some maple wood character with some northwest style hops. Flavor equally as malty with slight maple syrup and maple wood notes. Finishes without any sweetness just malty and slight earthy hop finish. myrda (110) - - MAR 31, 2015
Meilleure barleywine goutée depuis très longtemps. Équilibre parfait entre le malt onctueux et le houblon résineux. Parfaite. Willsaar (23) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 16, 2015
Simply put, one of the finest beers I’ve ever tasted. I had to go to Portland, OR to get it, all the way from Brooklyn!! I would do it again. It’s just that good. Purchased from Deschutes Brewhouse in downtown PDX. Poured into a snifter, big beige/tan head, plenty of lacing too as it went down. So much in the aroma- malt, wood, earth, I detect some maple or toffee as well dried fruits too. I let it sit for a while to raise it’s temperature. I’m so glad I did this, as the beer just kept getting bettercaramel, earthy, Taste is equally if not even more complex, as it warmed more and more came out. I got lots of sweet but mellow alcohol initially, but later I tasted heavy earthy sweetness. The aroma of dried fruit, toffee, caramel, these come through in the sweet tastes of the brew. I don’t detect any hop notes anywhere (aroma or otherwise) I love it when barleywines err away from the hops. I slowly relished this brew. It took me an hour and a half on a rainy PDX afternoon to finish this. When I was done I wanted another. An outstanding beer. josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2009
2009 Bottling, about damn time...
Appearance - The color is a dark amber coming out of the bottle, but once you are done pouring this beauty it turns into a light red beauty. This reminds me of Consecration a lot, just a tad bit lighter. When this is held up to the light it becomes darker and even redder, magnificent! A 1 finger creamy off white head sticks around for a little while and subsides to a ring around the glass.
Smell - Very oaky, with strong hints of red wine. A balanced mix of bitter, sweet, and tart mingle in that glass like a swingers club. Dark fruits and a massive amount of malt round it all off with some caramel in the background.
Taste - Wow, that was a lot gentler than I expected. Very fruity and oaky. The red wine is very subtle, but it is definitely there. Has the tiniest alcohol kick to the finish, but it is more of a love tap really. I still can’t believe how smooth this is already, even when Deschutes says it will be best to drink after April of 2010. A little bit of caramel appears in the middle as well.
Mouthfeel - Awesome, very full beer. It coats my tongue for ages, and slowly drips down the walls of my mouth. This is perfectly thick, just how a barleywine should be.
Drinkability - The high alcohol content is going to hurt it here, but damn, this beer drinks amazing. It is extremely well balanced, and the oak aging gives it a massive uplift in smoothness. This is the best barleywine I have ever had. Deschutes, how do you do it?
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
on tap pizza port carlsbad,downtown johnny browns, 2008,2009 vintages. super barley wine what a beer. super hot and sweet sugar is apparent. pours an golden hazy off tan. so rich off the top this beer should be shared with friend both time ive had it they were 8oz pours onceblind (9445) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Clear dark amber under a persistent foamy light tan head. Rich complex nose of overripe banana, earthy cherry, molasses, oak, and a light touch of cinnamon. Deep and lovely flavor of boozy English toffee, earthy cherry, brown banana, boozy nuttiness, oak, and a little finish of molasses. BrewGoblin (632) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Fuck yeah! A draught of divine doing, the concentrate of kings! I was fortunate to be around Bend, Oregon, for the 2014 release of this coveted quaff. The best possible dark toffee colour that could be. An off white crown atop. Smells of pancakes, maple, dried cherries, wood, smoke, tropical fruits, oats, fresh dark bread, butterscotch and earth. Taste matches the smell so well it hurts to be away from it. The texture is silky smooth, syrupy but not sticky or cloying, alcohol taste doesn’t overpower the richness of this Barley Wine potentate. krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Great big smell of Carmel, butterscotch, dried prunes, leather. Cloudy caramel colors with a very thin balding but swirly head. Great sweet Carmel flavored big but collected. Perfect body for a barley wine thick with out being to sticky.
Don't miss it.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Source:22 oz bottle from Blake.
Glass:Gulden Draak Ballon.
Appearance:Hazy orange/amber pour with a one finger beige head.
Aroma:Nose has caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, alcohol and a hint of citrus.
Flavor:Caramel, toffee a hint of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and warming alcohol. Citrusy bitter finish.
Palate:Full body with mild carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.
Overall:I haven’t had many better. Top tier. The sweet malts blend well together, and the mouthfeel sets the beer apart from most. Don’t get much barrel aging here, but that is the intent I’m sure by only using 35% aged beer. Excellent.