hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Super old 750ml bottle pulled from the back of my Barleywine shelf. Toasted nuttines, oxidation, caramel, and some dark fruitiness. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with just a hint of red and almost no head, despite an aggressive pour. Nose has a little booze in there, along with some dark fruit elements and a hint of some grains up front. Taste hints at some sweetness, and has just a bit of date in there. It’s a bold barley wine. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.
Note: I don’t know age of beer, but tasted like a barley with 1-2 years under it’s belt.
A: very dark for a barley wine. No head, no bubbles. Bing cherry red. Great clarity. Visible sediment at bottom of bottle.
S: Deep, thick, caramel, vanilla, slight port wine aroma, touch of chemical. Smells aged; bottle doesn’t indicate bottle date. Hint of praline at end of smell.
T: Good hop balance with low bitterness. Warm, nice burnt caramel flavor. Very appreciatable.
M: medium body, fills mouth with slight burn of carbonation.
D: Very nice beer. Planning for a purchase of more of the beer, and will age it for a couple years. For only $2/bottle, this is a great value!
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2010 mansquito (6488) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NY 12oz ($2.50): Pours a mahogany colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruitiness and booze, with a bunch of sugary malt. Taste is sweet, with a slight hoppy bite at the end. Taste covers up the alcohol, but the high booze is obvious nevertheless. First sip was sort of rough, but then all smooth later. Not too much complexity. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2013
12 oz bottle. Aroma is caramel, molasses, raisins. Dark brown color, practically no head, a little hazy. Taste follows nose -- pretty sweet, but with some spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Palate: Medium body, flat carbonation, syrupy texture. Overall: Reading my description makes it seem worse than it is -- definitely not bad, and something of a bargain at $2/bottle.
Niko100 (2936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, & dark fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, molasses, spicy hops, and dark fruit; Finish is slightly bitter with some alcohol; Not too bad. reebtogi (6310) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
355ml bottle from Belmont Station pours an orangeish amber color with a finger of off-white head that leaves only a small trace of lacing. Aroma is dark fruits and caramel with some grassy hops. Taste is dark fruit and caramel malty sweetness with a light hoppy bitterness. Medium to heavy body with light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a pretty good barley wine and recommended to try. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle pours opaque amber brown with a creamy light tan head that has nice retention. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses, some dough. Taste is nice, some roast malt bitterness along with hop bitterness, a substantially thick malt body, lots of dark fruit again, mostly raisin. A light amount of soy in the aroma and taste adds to the dynamic nature of the beer. I really was not expecting much from this beer, but it’s very pleasant. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Pours a dark copper color with minimal head and decent carbonation. Smell is spicy, kind of like a winter warmer. Red fruit smell. Taste is pretty fruity, and more hopped, but it was a pretty one-dimensional barley wine. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
On tap. Pours with a clear bronze hued body with a tan head. Aromas are malty, raisins, melanoidins, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol. Flavors are of raisins, dark fruits, caramel, medium yeast presence (phenol and dark fruit esters), caramel, brandy, alcohol, decently dry. Warming, medium bubbles.