aracauna (3592) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Copper colored body with a good head. Old fruit, cinnamon and brandy make up an enticing aroma, but the beer is thinner than expected. Ungstrup (37330) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
At RBSG 2006 party at RFD. A hazy amber beer with a lazing orange-beige head. The aroma is lovely sweet hop soup. The flavor is a bit like drinking a cold hop soup with lots of alfa acids and lots of fruit, leading to an end with a note of citrus that lingers for a long time and bit by bit turns dry. This beer is so strongly hoppy, that I find it like a sipping beer. 3fourths (9332) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 A very solid barley wine. Pretty much all clear, medium-dark orange and copper colored body with a properly thick tan head. First taste is creamy, lush, sweet and rich... smooth. Flavors of rich sticky malts, yeasty candy sugar, plums, cedar wood. Awesome stuff. Rich, sticky and smooth. aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2007
RBSG 07 red body with little head and no lacing smells like a milky way. Texture was distracting in its oiliness. Sharpe in the finish. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
(1L Bottle) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, port, and chocolate. Flavor of hops, sweet caramel malt, and fruit with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel and bitter finish.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Brewed 2006, Sampled July 2007auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Pours with a three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, light cranberry tinged, full amber colored beer. The aroma is a mix of herbaceous hops and ample, concentrated malt. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, boozy-brandied over-tones, toasted grain, syrup-crusted soda crackers make up the malt notes. The hop aromas at times contribute a soft berry-like note to this beer as well as a soft pine-like note and almost even a winter-green character. The malt & hops do combine to give this an aromatic fruit component, but it is only noticeable at times.
Fairly sweet, especially considering that this is not the thickest or richest Barleywine out there. The sweetness accentuates a soft, berry like flavor that runs throughout this beer. A herbaceous hop character is also found in this beer, but becomes the most noticeable note towards the finish where it is something like a mix of resinous pine and rosemary notes. Citrusy hop components play a role here, though somehow the straight-forward malt sweetness turns them into berry like flavors; at times notes of bergamot, tangelo and candied orange peel are quite noticeable. As the beer warms up the candied orange peel flavors become quite a bit more noticeable. A solid bitterness is noticeable from beginning to end, though it does not quite tame the simplistic malt sweetness, but it does make a good attempt.
This certainly hides the alcohol quite well, I never would have guessed it was near 12%, though this would never be mistaken for a light weight. The hop character is still fairly vibrant, and this certainly has not picked up much age or oxidation yet. This beer becomes more enjoyable as time goes on; it has become a fitting beer to end the night on.
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2010
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Very floral cognac and apple nose, touching on sweet pineapple, pear nectar and a bit of guava. Nicely fruity. Pours an amber-orange, with a golden fringe and a thin rim in white. Wet, rotten grain flavor. Loads of isovaleric wet dog and some salty metal. Rather shallow finish. The grain and hop characters aren’t good, even if the yeast and alcohol profiles shine a little. Finishes a touch oaky and with some hop gum. Alcohol levels seem appropriate. Mediocre.
Amber body, off-white head. Mild grape and alcohol aroma. A little heavy on the sweetness side. Enjoyable. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
From DC Local tasting. Pours a clear bright amber like cognac. Thin white head. Aroma is spicy, caramel, very hoppy, resiny, piney. Taste is hoppy, dry, fairly bitter, some balancing caramel and honey. Very dry. Hoppy
bitterness. Not bad.
wetherel (1881) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle at woodshop 5.0. Lots of bitterness. Amber color. A little bit of booziness. Lots of carbonation. Early boil bitterness.