Bill Becker (2054) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 24, 2017
From May 2007
Purchased from Wilbur's in Ft Collins
This pours a deep amber/brown with little to no head of foam and has a tiny bit of lacing.
The smell is spot on for a BWSA for me. Lots of yummy caramel malt and dark fruit hitting my nose.
The taste on first sip is huge! I'm getting the big caramel that I mentioned in the smell along with some dark fruit, plum and black cherry,(light on the cherry) and a good roastiness and some grain.
Further sips in and the flavours just won't quit and yeah, the 10% abv is obviously there but taking the small sips that I'm taking, it is no way near overwhelming. I'd say it's more of a soothing effect on my taste buds and I don't get a burn when it goes down. Yum. The finish is very tasty with a mix of fruit semi sweetness and a roasty bitterness. The aftertaste lingers on for what seems like forever and in this case, that's a good thing. ;^)
The mouthfeel borders on thick, as in thick and chewy, where it *should* be, and the carbonation is light, also where it should be. I'm darned impressed with this BWSA, to say the least!
Bottom line: This is the first brew I've tried from Estes Park Brewery and my hat is off to them for making a very true to style, abundantly flavourful, and oh so tasty sipping Barleywine Style Ale. I'd buy this again without hesitation. Carlisle (881) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2017
Draft at the brewery in Estes Park. Pours opaque bronze. Aroma of stone fruit (figs with some apricot). Caramel with fig along with some subtle apricot notes. Sweet brown sugar with a hint of alcohol in the finish. A bit too much sweetness. onceblind (11147) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Clear dark ruby copper with no head. Big boozy sweet aroma with dates and sticky toffee malt and brown sugar. Good flavor featuring boozy caratoffee and dates and boozy sweet phenols. Nice. A good sipper. FestDecBeet (412) - - OCT 13, 2014
Look: pours a dark copper. Off white head. Slight cloudiness.
Smell: very sweet. Caramel or toffee. Raspberry fruit roll up. Berries. Malt.
Taste: alcohol. Slight bitterness. On the back end. Sweet berries. Raspberry. Blueberry. Malt
Feel: dry. Leaves a thick film on the mouth. Really makes the mouth salivate.
Overall: nicely done beer. Goo flavor and mouth feel. Really like the sweet fruits and the slight bitterness. Very well balanced beer. Not what I would call a true barleywine but still a great beer.
First Drank: home 10/13/14 slowrunner77 (13409) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"pretty dark pour...nice mahogony color, but also pretty flat. a smooth sipper. definitely on the sweet side...molasses, tobacco, dark fruits. definitely liked it and it could stand up to some of the big boys with some carbonation."
drjay44 (3927) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin poorly retained ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear dark copper (SRM 20) body.....nose is pine, resin, citrus peel, dreid fruits....taste is malt sweetness, with dried fruits including, raisin, fig, plum tones, some light pineapple, finishing with a moderate pine citrus peel bitterness......mouth feel, chewy, with a heavy thick body, sticky, alcohol warmth, with slight fusel tones, carbonation low with a mild acid finish. This is obviously an American Barley Wine with American hops. It is hop forward, with almost balancing malt strength resulting in a near balance of strengths. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7 Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
10/10/2010. Sampled at the brewery. My favorite of the beers served there. Dark brown with a tan head. Malt, dried fruit, caramel aromas with hints of alcohol. Thick and buttery, dried fruit, alcohol with light hops. ajnepple (7564) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Brown and cloudy with a light tan head. The aroma is sweet and full of caramel malts and light alcohol. Similar flavor, malty and sweet with grass, herbal hops and a light earthiness. Full bodied malt bomb. berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Aroma is caramel and malts with some vanilla. Pours a dark reddish brown with almost no head. Taste is caramel and malty sweet. Not as much alcohol taste as other barleywines. Very good. sunevdj (4150) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle from Ratman. Pours a hazy dark brown. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of caramel and hints of roasted malts. Also notes of alcohol and residual sugars.