hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
2009 Vintage. Pours a rich copper color with a bit of loose head that laces nicely, without being too clingy. Aroma is dried fruit and a bit of candied sugar. Really well balanced on the taste, the hop profile has dropped out, leaving a nicely balanced slightly sweet beer with just a bit of residual bitterness. I would love to try a Barrel Aged version of this beer. Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2015 2010 bottle. Deep amber, small white head. Aromas of Toffee, butter, and wine. Taste is buttery, smooth and sweet. Really nice smooth body, really nice barleywine.
2008 bottle. Fantastic toffee notes. Really nice. VsXsV (4420) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle, 2008 vintage. Red/copper liquid with minimal off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, caramel, toffee, port wine and dried fruit. Quite complex. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, toffee, plums and sweet alcohol. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Really viscous and sticky. Great barley wine, very balanced and complex. IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle shared by jjpm74. Poured a clear amber with a creamy white head. Intense fruity pine hop aroma with some citrus lying carefully concealed underneath. Flavor is sweet and slightly bready with notes of maple syrup, vanilla , and a bit of orange. Not overly yeasty. Alcohol warms all the way down to the stomach. Perhaps might have been more balanced and citrusy if served cooler, but I was still enjoying the pleasant and intense flavors. Nice. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
750, ’06, thanks, Theisti! #830/1300. This was freaking amazing. Cloudy burnished coppery dark amber with a towering sudsy light tan head and super dense sheets of lace. Huge port, toffee, and raisins on the nose. Medium, creamy, and oily body. Soft carb. Lots of sugary bits--port, toffee, and raisins again on the mid-palate. Very beautifully balanced and harmonious. A bit hot at the end, but remarkably under control for how big it is with only two years in the bottle. This is just astonishingly good. A buy-by-the-case beer.
theisti (4114) - Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2008
750 ml bottle, 2006 Vintage, Courtesy of Winter 07 Secret Santa. Bottle #830 of 1300. Enjoyed with after4ever and hogfodder on 3/20/08. Pour is hazy orange amber with a billowy off white head. Aroma is caramel toffee sticky sweetness. Great nose. Sweet fruitiness. Taste is mostly about the biscuit caramel sweetness. Really round fully developed and nice layers of taste. Great balance, really a treat. Super nice. Thanks for this one Dan, you were a great Santa. Shag (2987) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2008
A dark amber apperance with a white head. The aroma is alcohol, cherries, brown sugar, and molasses. The flavor is rather sweet and oakey with some citrus, cherries, and dark fruits. Seems more English style to me but alas a good one! JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle shared by puzzl... many thanks. Deep orange-amber colour with a light haziness as well. Thick creamy tan head... man, this is a nice looking brew. Aroma is quite fresh and hoppy. Lots of orange and grapefruit along with a bit of sweet tropical fruit aroma. There is a lot of sweet toasted caramel sweetness underneath as well. Apricot and light berryish fruitiness. A little bit sticky and chewy, but not cloying. Sweet fruity finish with a soft maltiness. Good balance of big malts and fruity/citrusy hops. I’d love to see this in another three or four years, but it’s drinking pretty damn well right now. Bang on US-style barleywine. hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle (2007)…This beer rocks!... Cloudy, deep caramel-colored ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. I’m totally blown away by this beer’s aroma - so many things going on. I pick up wafts of cherries, raspberries, raisins, dates, fig, caramel, American lupulin and gentle whispers of maple syrup and molasses. Olfactory overload… Abort!... Abort! No way, man. I’m not stopping. Full-bodied with a mildly creamy mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor tantalizes with an abundance of toffee and caramel alongside moderate bitterness and a hint of acidity. Lengthy, bittersweet finish… finally, the caramel sweetness outlasts the earthen bitterness. A world class bottle of barley wine sent to me by corby112! Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
9th Richmond growler, thanks to my Secret Santa! Medium amber, very slight head. Yeasty, slightly fruity aroma, some caramel as well, quite rich. Flavor matches. Enjoyable beer.