TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2004
1L - 2003 vintage: Cloudy garnet. Thick, tiny-bubbled caramel foam halo. Scents of well-aged bready malt and earthy hops with touches of plums, pine, unsweetened chocolate, and orange peels. Fairly prickly on the tongue. Thick body. Less acidic than the aroma would indicate, with a meaty malt foundation giving way to staunchly bitter pine needles and seared sugar briskness. Profound hop bitterness exaggerates the sprucey alcohol. Burnt caramel, leather, and alcohol-soaked bread late. Unrefined maltiness. Simplistic finish, with long hoppy assertions and subtle notes of sherry, overripe plum skins, and earthy malts. This was extremely raw and brash when fresh, and, interestingly, it’s failed to come together after only a year in the bottle. The aroma is already showing some serious oxidation and acidity, and the malt flavors are quickly becoming dull and muddled. Nothing at all exciting about this, even when young. Thanks for the try, scraff. iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2006
PDG ... pretty darn good. Came off as an IPA to me. Think maybe DFH 90 Minute w/ more of a subtle herbal taste spice flavor & some citrus & fruity notes. Mixes in a well a soft sweet malty rather smooth medium built body. Hides the alcohol content well. I still think IPA moreso than seasonal / barley wine. Good offering. biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Tap @ Bowie. Orangish amber color with a trace amount of head. Aroma is relatively hoppy, with some nice citrus and general sweetness. Taste is much the same - quite sweet, hoppy. Perhaps a bit too sweet, but interesting. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. tennisjoel (1465) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 > RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Sharp alcoholic bite to this one. Red body with little to no head. Some medium bitterness with the hops but this seems a little unbalanced.
07 vintage, handbottle, courtsey of my main man Yaniv! A prelude to Barleywine Armageddon ’08 (tomorrow!). Amber clear reddish with a grey head. Overripe amarillo hops giving off that garlicy sort of note. a bit sweet, with some alcohol and slightly toasty astringency. Thin, and lightly carbonated, ala handbottle. Pineapply garlic past prime hops. Alcohol. Light malt. Drier than the nose suggests, thought definite caramel. A bit of fruit, straw. Lingering hay to grassy hops. I would have guessed American strong ale, as this is a bit too hot and low on the sweetness to be a barleywine, IMHO.
Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, brown sugar, toffee and some fruit. Flavor was quite sweet and malty with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of vanilla with a sticky medium to full body. phaleslu (10327) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
22 oz. bottle shared by jckp64 at the STL RB Gathering- thanks, John! Pours a mostly clear amber color with a tiny beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, dry fruits, and vanilla- pretty spot-on for a barley wine. Then the flavor falls out- tea, wood, grass, brown sugar, and a bit of medicine. Light-bodied, with a thin, bitter mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Kind of a letdown but not bad. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear copper with minimal head. The aroma Is muted with some light floral and citrus notes. The taste is citrus forward with a bitter kick at the end. Boozy finish. Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Clear, light amber; big-form bubbles. Vanilla aroma, hops, more balance than in some comparison barleywines. Oily smooth going into my mouth but a bit astringent once it gets there and...there’s something ugly in the finish (I can’t identify what). markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is malt, hops, citrus, booze, and bitterness. Flavor is citrus, malt, slight sugar, and bitterness. Light to medium body and ok overall.