Beerathon (1681) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
This might be the best smelling beer ever. The hops come billowing out of the bottle upon cracking it open. Red-orange hue with thin white head and lacing. Semi-sweet malt backbone with slight alcohol burn. Fruit flavors of plum/raisins is faint, but there and enjoyable. This is a great beer and now one of my favorites. LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2003
(2003 version -- according to Jim, the brewer, the hops change every year) 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Complex enveloping aroma, with many competing scents but definate sweet tones. A whole field of malt and hops just in the scent, and they don't let up when you start drinking it. This year's brew was 10.5% ABV, but the alcohol didn't show through (until I tried to walk afterwards). The flavor is strong enough it attacks your mouth, hitting the front, back, and sides all at once. A burst of flavor that stays with you for awhile. Like many barleywines, I find it hard to describe the intense flavor except to say that it's, well, intense. An excellent brew from DuClaw!
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... StewardofGondor (2088) - 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. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 This is good stuff. Nice deep dark red-amber color. Very aromatic. Floral hops and malt. Smallish head. The tastes are amazing, good malty character with a not overwhelming hop flavor. It zings your tongue with its alcohol and you fell the after-effects in the aftertaste. Excellent example of this style. Yum-yum.
MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Update: I was able to try two vintages side-by-side: 2000 and 2001. The 2000 has aged nicely. The hop bitterness has really subsided. The 2001 still had a good dosage of hop flavor and was better overall then the 2000 vintage.
Lovely, lovely stuff. Dark, deep brownish-red. Fascinating nose, rich, very vinous, bit sweet. Surprising flavor, huge amount of milky chocolate character for a barleywine, nothing like an imperial stout bitterness but a rich, smooth, slightly sweet yumminess. Alcohol really well hidden, drinks very easily. Lovely creamy palate. Beautiful. joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
2009: pours dark ruby/mahogany with a teafroth off-white head. nose is heavy pine, candied plum, brown sugar. flavor is a powerful blend of pine, spicy and sticky sweet hops, brown sugar, raisin, brandy, candied plum, and dark cherry. aftertaste is long, bitter, and even with a nice balance of spicyu hops and brown sugar malt sweetness. visocus, thick, awesome. this is the brew that got me into beer...I thought I had rated it a few years ago, but apparently i didn’t.