growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
2005 version at the Arundel Mills brewpub. Cloudy amber with a foamy off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with some spruce and citrus. Wow! One sip and you know you are on to something special. Expecting to be overwhelmed by the alcohol but was somewhat surpised by sweet caramel, candy like flavor. Not a big barleywine fan but damn, this is good. Excellent beer. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2005
RLB YEHA 05. Growler thanks to Eric. Pours cloudy light amber/orange with a nice head. Aroma is very strong with hops even for a barleywine. Lots of caramel malts to back it up and just a hint of alcohol. I noted that the aroma was so hoppy that it reminded me more of a great DIPA. Flavor is very sticky with lots of lupulin and resin. Tons of hops citrus and pine. Moderately sweet backbone. Great lingering finish on the tongue. alobar (3825) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Aroma was hoppy and pine with a tan head that quickly disappears. Color is amberwith yellowish highlights. Tastes of hops, caramel. and pine. A fine beer. Had at Yeha ’05. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Growler at RLB’s YEHA ’05 thanks to egadjzis. Cloudy dark amber color with a small beige head. Big citrus and pine hop aroma with some caramel maltiness.
Flavor was sweet malt, caramel and citrus hops with a bit of alcohol on the finish. I thought this was a IIPA, but nevertheless it was very tasty. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
growler courtesy of egadjzis at Richlikebeer’s YEHA ’05. I’ve been waiting a while to try this one. cloudy golden color - doesn’t really look like a barley wine... foamy tan head. strong hop aroma, flavor is whiskey and hop with a malty backbone in the finish. hmm, a west coast barley wine from Maryland? Interesting.
IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Poured a cloudy amber with a white head. Aroma is a strong mix of caramel and piney hops. Taste is remarkably balanced between strong bitter pine hops and caramel sweetness. Lots of dry alcohol. Seems a bit overhopped for a bw and a bit too malty for a IIPA... just a well made kick-in-the-ass American Strong Ale if you ask me. dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2005 version: Ok, so this really didnt impress me. Ruby colored, no head, sugar and dried fruit in the nose, sweet flavor, sticky mouthfeel, notes of sugar, some caramel, and some dark fruit, but mostly dominated by sugar. give me an old horizontal over this any day. hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Tasted from Growler. Poured a darker and clear mahogany color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, light cherries, and all around hops (very hoppy). Tastes of caramel, some dark fruits, and grapefruit. Light warming alcohol bite in the finish (but not 12+%). DYCSoccer17 (3702) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Growler sample via egadjzis at rich’s YeHa 05. I guess I went across the grain with this beer, as I did not particularly think it was that special. This sample has a hoppy, hempy, sweet sugary aroma. This smells much more like an IPA/IIPA than a barleywine. I do not get much of the vinous aromas that I like to smell in a barleywine. Mildly hazy copper color with a yellowish head. Very sweet, sticky sticky start, turning more malty in the middle. Mild vinousness and some hempy hops to finish. This beer hides the ethanol well, but it is very sweet and kind of cloying. I was disappointed with this offering. Perhaps in time, this would improve. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
12/2/05: On Tap, Bowie.
Hoppy aroma. Brown with a subtle red tint, accompanied with a light tan head. Body is creamy with clinging lace left on glass. Large hoppy fir tree taste. Warming and tasty. Bitter finish. Definitely dry-hopped.