Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Slightly cloudy orange with a substantial white head, of moderate duration. Good lacing.
Nose of figs, chestnuts, and citric hops.
Chewy body, with a palate of figs, raisins, rum, and chestnuts, with an underpinning of citrusy Cascade hops. Fairly complex,and strongly flavored with a really long, mouthcoating finish. The alcohol is not obtrusive, but does build on the palate, as the bottle empties. Reminds me of a more complex Jolly Roger, from Maritime Brewing. baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2003 Dark orange in color with an off-white-orange head. Fresh malt aromas, accented by caramel, cake, custard, vanilla, and a slight herbal hop character. Sweeeet with a cakey/creme bruleey grapefruit rind finish. Ice tea like flavors start coming out upon warm up. Good brew and a good buy. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Orange. Typical, expressive, well aged, barley wine aroma with an equal balance between the malt and hops providing hints of apples, fruits, caramel, harsh hops and honey. Sweet, fruity, candy like malts in the flavor with a sharp but balanced hoppiness that gave notes of pine, resin and orange. Damn, this stuff was tasty. elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Courtesy of OldMrCrow. 04 vintage. Pours a cloudy brown with no head. Tastes of nuts, caramel, rich malt, and roasted barley. Finishes with a creamy nutty taste. Palate was extra smooth, with a thick malty feeling. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
20-Feb-14 (12-oz bottle, 2005 release: $1.99 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA)
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
I don’t have details on when I bought this beer, but the cap has "05" written on it (and I didn’t write that, the folks at Bottleworks did). This is a screwcap bottle, so I guess it’s no surprise that the murky, dark-amber beer pours a thin sheet of tan-colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose is sweet and malty, with sweet, dried fruits like apricot and prune, caramel candy, earth and decayed wood, and lightly toasted bread. On the palate, the rich, semi-caramely malt, dried fruit, and earthy, woodsy, decaying logs aspects take center stage. It’s full bodied, sweet and rich, but not heavy or cloying, carbonation is light-medium but satisfactory for a beer like this, the mouthfeel is zesty and slightly tangy, and it’s very smooth, and way too easy-drinking for a 10% beer. Fortunately, it’s only a 12-oz bottle. Overall, this nine-year-old Barley Wine is really fantastic. The unfortunate part is that I didn’t save this for a bottle share and had to drink the entire bottle myself.
Poours with an amber body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with nice caramel and candy sugar notes with a nice peppery hop note in the background. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry. Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2005
Funkey biscut, vinious malts and raw pisl malt nose. Mellows out in the mouth with candi sugar, sweet malt, a touch of herbal hops and bread. Very smooth mouthfeel has jsut enough body. 9% abv is hardley noticable. Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2007
05 Bottle from Larry Pitonka. Cloudy orange color with nice white head. Sweet malty aroma, also pick up some alcohol in there.Rich, sweet and chewy with full malty mouthful. Caramel flavors dominate this brew. Lacing all over the glass. Beautiful barleywine. Thanks, Andre’ raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Bottle'03: Clear oarnge. Nice ring of head,good lace. Aroma is very malty. Lots of pale malt,bread and caramel. Slightest hint of citric hops.Some dried pasta aromas,if that makes any sense. Near watery texture at first,big body,very creamy palate. Starts resinous,and sweet. Following is much bready malt and caramel. Finish is smooth-hoppy,and malty. Lots of sticky,malt in the finish and pine cone,hoppiness. Though simple,very drinkable,and satisfying. Good character. Thanks Andre. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2004
2003 Vintage Mostly clear amber body topped by a medium fine particled light tan head. The aroma is medium sweet with an abundance of fruity malts and citrus hops. The flavor is bitter quite throughout, with the sweetness being outmatched across the board. Some caramel comes through but this one is about the hops. Not a bad thing but it is not at all balanced. A true Pacific NW barely wine, I guess. Body is medium-full and not very syrupy. This one is very different from the Polyphemus barley wine from the same brewer.