Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Bottle, vintage unknown. Mild sweet and fruity aroma. Small head, but it has staying power. Dark copper color. Body is nice and thick, sticky and cloying, excellent for the style. Taste is quite sweet, but there is a lot of roasted tones from the malt. Great balance. Finish has some nice bitter tones. Alcohol is detectable, but again is welll balanced. I was surprised by how good this beer was. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Nearly still. (the headless barleywine) Deep amber. Toffee sweet malt aroma, touch of hops as well. There is a good initial maltiness, but it sort of fades into a lightly acidic sweet and sour finish. Toffee sugary sweet. Full mouthfeel. Some alcohol in the finish. Quite a bit better than their other offerings. Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Rather weak head and lacing on the one I had. Tea Brown pour with a bit of cloudiness. Sweet porter type flavor to it. Vacation 03 Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2003
Dark and murky-brown. Sweet, hoppy-fruity nose. Low carbonation. Thick, chewy, syrupy texture. Sugary and fruity hops with big notes of pine. Sweetness, overall, is a bit much, but not distracting. Some of its bitterness combats it well. Interesting flavors surface but I wouldn't call it overly complex. Overall, it was kind of like caramel-dipped pine needles, and I liked that flavor. Ernest (7718) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 Fairly new batch, bottle bought at the brewery. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is
hazy medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty
(caramel, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of toffee
and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly
bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A little better than the batch I had two years ago, but still a pretty simplistic and uninteresting rendition. Lighter bodied than most barleywines.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Pours with little to no head. Dark golden red/amber color. Very nice and complex winey nose with hints of bright fruit (cherry and orange) and sweet toasted malt. Medium chewy palate - absolutely no carbonation; almost to a fault. Flavors of caramel, toffee and sweet toasty malt. Touch of bitter hops on the finish. Clean finish, no heat. Nose really teased that this would be an even more complex brew - but still solid in taste and quality. Thanks Ringo! jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2002
Deep cloudy glowing copper with orange and yellow hues. Thin off white head. Huge nose of doughy malt with hints of yeasty fruitiness and alcohol. This is a thick and malty monster with just enough hops to balance. Alcohol at the end is drying and warming. A little rough around the edges but time can fix that. Reminds me of a young old foghorn. Many thanks to Ringo. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 This stuff is very, very good! Quality is evident all the way through. It is a thick, chewy barley wine, with a very good balance of malt and hops. The 10% ABV is felt precisely where it should be, not overpowering on the start or finish, and it had that nice underlying, thick cherry quality to it that I love in a barley wine. This is a top notch brew, and I highly recommend it.