mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - AUG 18, 2005
copper orange color w/ small off white head. sweet floral aroma of grapefruit. needless to say, full bodied, though it’s surprisingly drinkable for its strength. just enough hops to balance the malt, sweet but not cloying. kind of one dimensional for a barley, but decent. AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Insanely smooth for 15%. Not much hop character, making it closer to the English standard for Barleywine than the American. That suits me fine. When I had it, it had been bottled very recently and was surprisingly drinkable. Curious to see what age will do to it, and I intend to find out. redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Love the label and instructions for burying it. Smells very malty! Could be a little better balanced with a bit more hops, but i am a hophead. A good barley wine. Saarlander (1920) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2005
Way better than I was expecting, I can’t believe how smooth it was for 15% alcohol. A bit sweet , but overall very well done. Citrus, A bit of hops too.I will seek out this beer again. Zeswaft (1780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Pours light copper with a small amount of white head. Very translucent for a bottle conditioned ale. Missing a big barley wine aroma. A very light and sweet smell. Taste is malty with some citrucy hops. I taste a little bit of vanilla. Some noticeable alcohol in the aftertaste. Pretty smooth for 15% abv. More of a traditional barley wine than Immort Ale, therefore, more pleasing to me. Good barley wine but not the best
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Pours a thin film of a buff head over a golden straw beer. Almost mead-like in its presentation. Wonderful apricot/pear/honey aroma that fades to citrus. Taste is toasted bread with orange blossom honey. A bit of spice like coriander or orange peel. Very long warmth. Creamy on the tongue. Bitterness is fleeting to weak. Very much its own bird - definitely not a Bigfoot. I bellieve I got this from Doc Loc back last winter...a treasure. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 12 oz. bottle from 4-pack. Slick packaging as usual from DFH. Pours a orangish-amber with very little head. The aroma is of alcohol (though not overwhelming), some citrus, and pit fruit (the figs are there if you look for them). The mouthfeel is thinner than I would have expected for a 15% BW. The taste starts off with warm, peachy hops and finishes with hops and alcohol. Not as much going on here as Immort Ale, but a very, very good barley wine. I should probably set a 4-pack down for a few months. Recommended.
750 mL bottle courtesy SoLan. Since these 750s were unfiltered, the appearance was cloudy. The alcohol was much more in the background, but curiously the fruity character seemed diminished as well. Still, a pretty unique bottle of a unique brew. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2005
12 oz Bottle pored red/amber with nice head. Nose was malts, figs and dates. Carbination was great, this was full of warmth and was well balanced with the hop presence. Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
Drove to Tennessee to get a bottle of this brandywine. ’Tis very exciting stuff. My first brandywine. My first cask-conditioned beer of ANY sort. Perhaps the 5/5 I gave it for palate is over-the-top, but I love the combination of high alcohol and carbonation. It’s like champagne but not dry. Very fruity, with some definite hop character peeking through at the finish. Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Poured a redish amber color with a medium size head.. Aroma wias very sweet malt with some floral and citrus hops. Flavor was very sweet.. Almost too sweet.. It also had some citrus hop flavor with a alcohol bite in the finish. Thick mouthfeel with good carbonation.