Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Thanks to Eric, this is the third time he’s tried to get a growler of this to a gathering I was attending and it was the charm. A sweet, mild, caramelly, syrupy ale with an ever so slight alcohol burn on the lips. The hops are mild, soft, slightly spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon), and the malts are dark, with figs, oxidized apples, and plenty of toffee. And excellent sipper that leaves your lips and entire mouth feeling indulged, sticky, and smooth, with a gentle nearly-floral aftertaste. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Bottle (handbottled) courtesy of brothers Styles and Pailhead. Pours a clear, ruby orange color with an attractive off-white head which slowly fades to a nice sized ring. Good lacing is left behind. Aroma is pleasantly malty, lightly fruity and moderate floral hop notes. Medium bodied and quite smooth with a lower carbonation level. I don’t know if that was intended or a byproduct of the handbottling, either way it seems to work well with this beer. Flavors are malty sweet initially with a touch of raisin and caramel and midway through changes to a piney, sappy hop bitterness. The 12% is tucked away nicely, little bits of alcohol are picked up and it warms the belly but it blends quite well. Very nicely done. JPDIPSO (6257) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 18, 2006
LIght copper color with a few off-white bubbles on top. Creamy aromas with some brown sugar, mild port and hint of maple syrup. Caramel flan and malt flavors abound. Yes, this is my type of barley wine heavy malts throughout the nip. Lightly oily and silky. Malt get balanced late in the quaff with mild pine and lightly spicy hops. I just realized I am using "light" and "mild" quite frequently in this review. Its a good brew that is strong and drinkable, with subtle flavors. A somewhat paradoxical brew that I certainly enjoyed. Thanks for sharing Joel! DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Clear red-tinted amber body. Orange peel and cinnamon aroma backed by alcohol and condensed pale malt. Bitrus, brown sugar, pepper-spiced alcohol and stem juice in teh falvor. Lasting stemmy finish with a fruity maltiness. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Hand bottle via Styles - thanks Chris and everyone else who made this happen! Slight hiss as the cap comes off, pouring a translucent reddish-copper color with legs and slow, etchy lace. Wonderful citrus aromatic array. Amaretto, grapefruit and freesia are the first to put on their turn signal, promptly joined by snappy warrior hops piping away. A touch of almond butter and maraschinos massage the nostrils as well, and if that’s not enough, we’re able to decipher nectarines and orange pulp too. Flavor is a pipey elixir. Sweet and titillating. Spicy cantaloupe and melon roll down a hill, like an animated classic when the cartoon character rolls endlessly inside of a wooden barrel - but, this time around, it’s an orange juice carton and there’s nothing childish nature about it. Cherry almond Nips and a sprucy, spicy bitterness conjures up an oily orange dream. Some peach fuzz softness provides a lovely counterpoint to the sweet, syrupy and thirst inducing palate feel. Honed carbonation gives way at the right time for a penetrating fruity sweetness to prevail. Lingering, mellow bitterness amidst strawberry fields comprising the finish. In a word, incredible.
1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Thanks Joel for sharing this wonderful beer. The bottle was filled by someone. Anyway, the beer pours to a nice glowing orangish copper body with a thin ringed white head and light spotty lacing. The aroma is very nicely hoppy with sweet barley malts. The flavor is smoothly malty with light hops and good malt sweetness. The palate is richly creamy and smoothly silken with a medium body and light carbonation. Yowzers! The highlight of the day... KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle from Slob Thanks!Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Pours thick and sappy, with a slow-forming head. Aroma is weak raisin and spiced bread. A little dough is in the scent as well. Flavor is surpisingly fruity, with plum, raisin, apple, and a bit of grapefruit. Hoppy bite throughout. For the high ABV, it’s surpisingly light tasting and easy on the palate. A very good beer.
Growler from the combined efforts of BuckNaked (purchase) and Pailhead (transport). Thanks to the both of you!!! Fiery transparent amber with only a ring of bubbles, also very oily in appearance. Aroma full of fruit, citrus hops, peach, apricot, with some faint stale malt. Very oily/syrup-like mouthfeel. Flavor just like aroma would indicate. All kinds of fruit, orange zest, peach/apricot, caramel coated apples. Slight alcohol flavor in the finsh, but nowhere near what you would think for 12%. Maybe a bit young, as it could use a bigger malt presence. Regardless, a fine barleywine, I’m glad to have tried. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 12/30/2005 On draught with pailhead: Mostly clear yellow-redish amber with a very well retained eggshell head. The aroma is quite hoppy all the way through, fresh citrus, earthy/grassy, and leafy green hops, light malt, dusty grain (not in a bad way). Taste is fresh hops, earthy & leafy hops, sweet apples, light sugary malt, mild caramel, quite bitter. Finish is bitter, not at all sticky or syrupy, with plenty of retronasal hops. Nice English-style barleywine here in both hops and malt, unless I’m totally wrong. This one will age beautifully too. 1/12/2006: Ok same beer but I’m almost certain I was totally wrong on the fuggles. So rather than try to be perfect I’ll correct myself here. The hops seemed to have a bit of a fruity/citrus quality to them with a bit of leafy green hops maybe, but not the distinct fuggles I was smelling last time. Seems it’s american hops and not an English barleywine at all. Stay tuned for the next time I go back and contradict myself again. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
On tap: Big citrusy aroma with orange, apricot, and citrus hops. Transparent amber with a nice off-white head and decent lacing. Sweet up front with orange, peach, and apricot. Finishes with lots of citrus hops. Alcohol is really covered up well. I like hoppy barley wines, but this one is missing the caramel/toffee/chocolate/banana bread malt presence that I like for balance. That’s my only complaint.