marcus (10326) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours orange copper with a thick off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a mellow fruit and caramel malt flavor with a dry finish.badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
Earlier Rating: 4/10/2011 Total Score: 3.8
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and a sweet malty aroma. There is a hearty treacle and licorice flavor with a thick dry finish. Very well-crafted.
Dark reddish brown with a creamy white head. Sweet molasses brown sugar and spice aroma and taste with a sweet and bitter finish. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Two year ages version in a steel keg so no oak, but huge sweet citrus and fruit in nose and flavor with dark stone fruits. Clean dry finish. No burn. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours a hazy dark amber with big head. Beautiful mix of deep caramel malt, vanilla, mild dark fruits, plus citrus and floral hop flavors. The hops are still quite intense for a year-old barleywine, and the bitterness lingers. Seriously wonderful stuff. bb (9501) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Draft. Rich hazy bronze beer with an off-white head. Rich caramel aroma. Summer fruit, light pine/grapefruit flavor with lots of rich caramel. Fuller bodied. Decent bitterness. Caramel lingers with grapefruit and pine. Very nice.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
On tap @ Toronado San Diego. Pours a very deep brown with a thin beige ring. Aromas of sweet malts, candied fruits, toffee and a nice punch of hops. Flavor was quite sweet with figs, plums, toffee and sweet malts. Finish had nice hop bitterness with a sweet malty backbone. A very full bodied brew. Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours clear amber with off white head. The aroma consists of dark fruit from figs dates mixing with sweet lightly roasty malt creating a bit of dryness. I also get a little bit of chemical alcohol on a big draw that isn’t distracting. The taste begins with dark fruit coming from figs, prunes, dates and maybe a little bit of red vine licorice. It then leans toward malty sweetness toward midway joining what seems like a note of wood. It comes across as a well balance beer aided by mild malt astringency into the finish.
nickd717 (4700) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest ’09. Pretty solid. Copper color with an off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, sweet malt, and oak. Flavor is sweet and malty and a little woody with port-like notes and a little hop bitterness. Smooth, fairly full mouthfeel. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 30, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Tap at Barclays. Apparently Drake’s newest barleywine. Pours with a fairly dark copper color. Aromas of wood, leather and candied apple. Has some brandy components in the flavor profile, along with some wood, caramel and a nice hop backbone. Very complex and very smooth. Great stuff.