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. JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
Tap at Beer Revolution. Deep amber-red pour with a thin white lace. The nose is really lovely. Sweet slightly fruity malt base - not cloying, but definitely on the rich side. Nice bright fruity hoppiness that cuts the malt without being too aggressive. A little bit chewy and malty, but again, it’s well-balanced. Some chewiness. It’s a damn solid barleywine.
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. TAR (2787) - 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. wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
On tap at PP Cbad. Dark amber color. Small wispy head. Sweet and malty. Mild bitterness. Little caramel. A little tongue burn. Alcohol barely noticable. Easy to drink. Very nice. Hint of yeast. Finishes clean.
riversideAK (6265) - 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. JohnnyJ (5569) - 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! joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
On draft at beer revolution. It pours dark amber with a creamy off white head. The aroma is amazing with lots of dark fruit and hard candy. Caramel, cherry, plums, raisins, toffee. Very potent. The flavor is rich, smooth, and bright with fruit flavors , caramel and toffee. Tastes a bit oxidized with some nuts and sherry, but it adds another great dimension to this beer. Alcohol is pretty potent with a big plummy caramel finish. yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2009
From tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours clear golden amber with an almost fully gone head. Solid hoppy aroma,towards overripe fruity. Distinct fruity hops flavoured with a light wooden pine hops note. Bitter, dry and malty flavoured. Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2009
On tap. Clear amber golden with an off-white head. Aroma of overripe fruit, aroma hops and alcohol. Quite full-bodied, burned caramel, wood and some oxidization. Some bitterness in the finish with plenty of warming alcohol. 060709