andrewje41 (4342) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2016
Draft 6 oz pour at the Tangletown location, on the opening day crawl to the stadium. "Tangletown Tiny". Copper pour with a cream foam head and coat lacing. Gentle aroma of caramel and bready malts. Smooth and sweet caramel flavor. Easy drinking, overall a well executed, more or less simple barleywine. Enjoyed this. BuckeyeBoy (8568) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 12, 2016
12oz bottle pours out a hazy amber color topped with a sand head. nose is vanilla caramel a little booze. taste is more of the sweet malts some brown sugar and a little fruit cake note. Westchesterco (2207) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a light amber color with a slight head. The aroma is molasses and the taste is like sweet sherry Iphonephan (7327) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy copper with a thin off white head. Butterscotch nose. Flavors of caramel with some citrus. Bitter somewhat boozy finish. GenDV138 (7761) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2014
12 oz bottle (2011) poured into a snifter. Hazy brownish orange with around a quarter of off-white ring around the glass. Some sediment floaters. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, syrup, honey. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, candied fruit, sweet malt. Medium body with a dry and warm finish. Low carbonation, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Not the most pleasant looking beer but solid otherwise.
slowrunner77 (12972) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
2011! Cool brew. Carmely sweet and still a little hoppy. Good, thick luxurious feel to it even 3 years old. Not an elite barleywine, but pretty solid across the board. Also tastes and smells of raisins. I’d like to barrel this beast DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2014
12oz bottle, 2011 vintage, from Roasthouse in Frederick, MD. Labeled 9.9%. Shared with Caterwaul and Andrew K. Clear orange red color, with lots of chunks of yeast inside. Andrew got the last pour, with a big ol’ gross chunk of yeast. "It’s ok... I’ll drink around it," he says. His glass looks very gross-looking. Minimal off-white head, couple dots of lace. Big caramel sweet malty aroma in the nose. Big sweet taste, light alcohol warmth and and sweetness in the finish. Spicy taste. Some notes of oxidization. Caramel, toasty malts in the flavor. Syrupy sweet. Hop notes are almost completely gone, nothing really good from the hops left here, just bitterness. Maybe a hint of citrus. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of slick, lighter carbonation. Slick finish. I’m finding that I’m typically not a fan of aged barley wines at all. It’s OK now, but I would have much preferred to try this fresh. Bartender was very eager to sell it to me, though. He seemed genuinely excited. Andrew K. says he thinks it smells kind of like sour cream, I get some of that. Glad my friends were here to help me with this, I would not have been able to finish it on my own. Just not my style. "Not bad, but no Bigfoot," my friends say. zoucrew102 (2145) - - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle, 2011 vintage found on the shelves of johns marketplace Portland, or. Sweet, malty aroma with notes of caramel and a touch of booze. Pours cloudy caramel colored with a thin tan head and excellent lacing. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with sweet caramel malt flavors to start. Finishes smooth with just a touch of booze and hops. Pretty standard barleywine, but a good one. fiulijn (21399) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle from the brewpub on Pike st., vintage 2011, 2+ years old, 9.9% ABV maekchu (4064) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2014
Hazy amber color with thin head. Vanilla scented caramel, the aroma is very old school (American school). Sweetish but not syrupy, with good malt and toffee flavor; correct bitterness, with final hop resins.
Not an exciting Barley Wine, nevertheless a good strong beer.
Bottle from The Bier Stein in Eugene. Floral, sugary nose, some toffee and hamster cage. Cloudy, even murky, copper/brown color. Initial is a caramel bomb / moderate dark fruit and brown sugar in mid / fruit cake. The caramel and fruit extend well after final. Heavy body. Good. Hides the alc. well. Bit too much caramel and somewhat cloying.