TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Draft at Pizza Port Carlsbad: Pumpkin brown. Persistent ivory froth. Quality nose of baker’s chocolate, sherry-drizzled cake, leafy hops, and plummy esters. Hints of pine and raisin. Softly carbonated. Full-bodied. Initial resinous hop smack dovetails with a well-developed thickset malt base. Hop bitterness gently surges forth and throws more pine resin, melon seeds and tongue-numbing oils. Hops gracefully scratch the tongue and possess no remote astringency. Supple notes of plum jelly and juicy melon uphold the center, lending depth to the malty sweetness while complementing the complex yet beautifully composed hop character. Dry edge of earthy malt reveals hints of coffee and bitter chocolate which tempers the resounding malt girth and oily hop onslaught. Finishes richly malty and chewy with trailing pinesap which is soaked up by cakey malt. Really polished and mellow, overall. Judging from the cakey malt heft, finessed hops, and solid integration of flavors, I’m guessing this keg was around a year old. Exemplary depth and balance. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
On tap at pizza port. Brown with a creamy off white head. Sweet aroma and a molasses toffee and spice taste. JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
On tap at pizza port Carlsbad. nicely balanced barley wine. Quite hoppy but lots of caramel malt to back it up. Sweet and bitter with fresh hoppy finish. Citrus, grapefruit, biscuits, caramel, and fruit. Good! riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Hazy brownish red with a nice beige head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, butterscotch, dark sweet bread, and floral/piney hops. Toffee, caramel, toast, buttered sweet bread, and a floral hoppy bitterness in the finish. Nice drinking at 10%, great balance of malt and hops in a big beer. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
On tap at Hamiltons during RBSG ’08. Pours with a deep red-brown body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty yet hoppy with notes of caramel and some pine. Full bodied, tingly and slightly dry.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2008
handbottled from rodger. These drakes guys know their stuff. This is one fine barleywine with a huge hop presence and a great hop finish. Me likey. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - APR 30, 2008
Tasted at the 5th Annual (2008) Triple Rock Firkin Fest. This barley wine pours a dark gold color from the firkin. Small sized head. The aroma is fruity, caramel and sweet. A medium to full bodied Barleywine. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are citrusy and floral. Nice balance. Nice soft carbonation. There is a touch of alcohol bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol oiliness. rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
Poured at Firkin fest at Triple Rock, labeled firkinwine, amber-orange small white head little carbonation. Nose of citrusy floral hops, alcohol and sweet malt. Decent barley wine. Has a rush of piney citrusy hops upfront, good flavor not too hoppy but the sweetness rushes in with some fruity and bubblegum flavors making for an almost too sweet finish. Drinkable but not a top contender. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
On tap @ City Beer Store SF. Poured a nice amber mahogany color. Probably the most malty BW I’ve had. Nose was sweet and carmel malt and some pine hop aroma. Flavor is very hoppy with the malt creeping into the mid, with the bitter dry finish making this a decent brew. ABUSEDGOAT (2729) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Draft from Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Fairly dark amber. Aroma is malt dominated, quite sweet. Caramel, wood, some darker fruit. Full bodied, quite sweet, alcohol hidden well for how high it is.