Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Great Barley Wine! Top of the list at a recent seasonal fest. Sweet up front. Too easy to drink as the high alcohol is cleverly masked with maltiness and portly notes. THen a nice dry hoppy finish slides in to make this a very memeorable quaff. 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. 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. devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2014
Draft at Max’s, 2008, 6yrs old. Aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits, taste is similar, not a whole lot going on here since the hops have all faded footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Sampled at RBSG from Scraff. I had waited a LONG time to taste this but I wasn’t all that impressed. I like a BW to be a bit more complex than this. It was just too sweet and starnge for me.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Growler at argo0’s xmas party brought by neighbor Tom (thanks Tom!!). Pours amber copper, with medium off-white head. Very hoppy-citrus/pine/soap. Flavor similar. Almost tastes like an I2PA. Some caramel in taste, and strong alcohol aftertaste. scottw86 (1178) - Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2010
2006 draft at arundel mills. Poured a clear red with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with some caramel. Taste is also very sweet with brown sugar. Fruity finish with lots of hops. I like the 4 year old version even better than the regular version. The flavors have really mellowed out and the balance is perfect. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. 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. Darwenus (1159) - Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Cloudy, dark yellow. A ton of head. The aroma is vanilla, almonds, honey, liquor. The flavor adds some spice and a fizzy mouthfeel. This is good barley wine. Bricks (1147) - Delaware, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Quite a bit of hops in the taste, along with bourbon-like/oak taste taking over. Reminded slightly of Arrogant Bastard. A little overrated IMO.