Beaver (1871) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky dark tea color with a thin off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2009
The aroma is sweet molasses, cola and dark fruits with a little alcohol and green hops.
The flavor is sweet cola and caramel malts with dark fruits and a bitter hoppy alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to a little thin and slightly watery (but not as bad as their other beers).
Overall, a very fine barley wine that is on the sweet side but well balanced. This is easily EP’s best brew.
2003 bottle from the ratman! Murky brown pour. Tons of caramel and malt with a very light hop note. Sweet and sugary. Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
Bottle at home - Tasting. Clear amber brown - offwhite head. Ryebread, barley, sweetness, honey notes, ok hoppy, caramel, amber malts. Nice. joergen (29624) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 11, 2011
Bottle at Theis & Mette.
Hazy red brown coloured with a small off-white ehad.
Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits and bread with notes of alcohol and hops.
Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, cookies, hops and pine needles.
Hoppy finish. 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.
Bill Becker (2010) - 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. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
2001 or 2002 bottle via a trade with ratman197. Pours with a very small head over a muddy bronze body. Aroma has tons of caramel, licorice, leather, currants, sherry and brown sugar. Taste is brown sugar, sherry and caramel. Age has been very friendly to this beer. Light bubbles. IrishBoy (4255) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 8, 2010
12 oz 2004 bottle a bonus from Ratman! Thanks Don! Nose of raisin pie with some toffee and the pies yeasty crust, nose is really mellow! Very murky amber with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, with an Adam old ale note. Quite a decent barleywine. 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. angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Small head with a hazy brown body. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel.