Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
2006 vintage, bottle #525/1300. The body is a cloudy, dusky, orange-brown color. A frothy, cream colored head leaves copious amounts of micro-spot lacing behind on the glass. The aroma is ultra-creamy for a barleywine, with big, malty notes of toffee, caramel, oak, and smooth vanilla. Citrus hops linger in the background, but have mostly given way to the will of the velvety malts. Flavors continue this trend, as chewy, creamy caramel and toffee are spiced with easy going, aged-oak and vanilla notes. The hop billing is again there for balance and spicing only, its acidic bitterness long since mellowed. The palate proves to be smooth, chewy, and substantial, with moderate carbonation. This drinks incredibly light for a monster brew, the alcohol barely noticeable. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
thanks cmubeerman. 2005 batch, #318/600. Definitely the coolest bottle I’ve seen. Immediately, this beer is an excellent American barley wine. Ruddy, reddish brown with a creamy head. Piney/resiny hops, toasty malt, vanilla, and alcohol jump out. Really buttery. Flavor has a wonderful hoppy, pithy quality that balances the alcohol and the vanilla/bourbon sweetness. Excellent. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2006 version. Courtesy Beerlando. Pours a dark copper color, with a small white head. Smells of huge bready yeast, lots of caramel malt, and some dark fruits, but not prominent. Standard smelling. The flavor was definitely a little boozy, with tons of that bread flavor coming out. The caramel malt and fruits attempt to balance it somewhat, but still was a little bready for me. Barley wines just arent hacking it for me these days for whatever reason. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Courtesy Beerlando. 2006? I’m not sure what a chickadee looks like, definitely not a crow. Strange fruity/vegetal aroma- intentional or infection? Also sugary sweet caramel and a bit of toast. Full body, balanced. Not much going on here. sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Bottle at the 2007 Gratitude release party at the brewery. Pours a hazy dark amber, small off-white head. Aroma is plum raisin, toffee and malt. Flavor is an incredible mix of plum, raisin, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and malt. It has a very nice viscosity to it, not thin, but not thick. A nice warming to it at the end, but the alcohol is very well hidden. Glad I bought several to stick in the cellar, as i can only imagine how this is going to taste in the years to come.
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2008
noog. A hazed light brown pour with white head and lace. Light raisins and malt with hints of abv. Full flavor of dried fruit with warm abv. Full bodied and good carb. Very good bw. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Thanks Greg for such a tasty treat. Pours a hazy amber with a one finger light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, sweet alcohol, and tons of dark fruit. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. A damn fine brew. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle, shared by miver at BCTC. Thanks Joe! Bottle # 319/1300. Pours a dark orange amber with a thick white lace. Nose and flavor of caramel malt, grassy hops, a bit of brown sugar. Alcohol pretty well controlled. Tasty. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Pours a hazy reddish copper color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, nutty, toasty, caramel, green apple, and grassy hops. Flavor is malty, nutty, toast, prune, and a spicy grassy finish. adrian910ss (2591) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUL 10, 2008
2006 750 ml bottle. Pours a deep cloudy dark caramel with a thick beige head. Aroma dominated by caramel and toffee with a slight hint of citrus. Taste is mostly syrupy caramel with hints of toffee and orange citrus. Very sweet and definitely a slow sipper.