rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a growler, which was filled up at the Flying Bison Brewery, into a tulip glass.
Appearance: This beer has a dark coppery color with a about a two finger tall head on top. The head is slightly off white in color and slowly fades to a ring of lacey foam as I slowly sip it down. As it slides down the glass it coats the glass and leaves some slick spotty lace behind.
Smell: The aroma is full off sweet caramel and roasty malt with some light sweet boozy hints and just the slightest touch of leafy hops.
Taste/Palate: There is a big malty sweet character here with notes of over ripe pear cover with uber sweet caramel and roasted gain. The ABV is noticeable but in a mellow warm way. Leafy hop flavor and bitterness is very light and it adds only adds a light touch bitterness towards the finish. Its full body has a firm sticky texture with just enough soft carbonation to give it some life.
Notes: It’s big and malty, just the way I like it.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
It has a deep copper color (almost brown) with lighter orange amber highlights and a tall head on top. Its head is just off white in color and settles down to just a thin filmy foam layer. Lacing is slick. The aroma has a big full malty character which is full off sweet roasty malt and some light notes of the abv. I also get a slight touch of hops. On the tongue it has a big sweet malty character with notes of over ripe fruit, caramel and roasted gain. Hop flavor is light and only adds a slight touch of bitterness in the finnish. LowBrau (136) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Interesting color - hazy medium brown, with an orange tint. Small, cream colored head. The nose is fruity and candy-like. Big flavors and aromas. Malty with sugary toffee notes, alongside fruity tartness and a significant alcohol aroma. Has a smooth mouthfeel and a soft, creamy finish - reminiscent of sweetened condensed milk, but at the same time has a bit of a tangy bite. wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
2007 bottle from puzzl on 3/28/08. Cloudy amber cololr Some autolysis aroma (somehow I like it), and buttery caramelization. Mellow, probably from age. No unpleasant oxidation. Low bitterness. My guess is that 1. I love barleywines and 2. this bottle has aged very well. I’m a fool, but this is awesome. I love it and everyone is else wrong (j.k.). Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2008
12OZ bottle from cbkschubert. Good fruity and caramel nose along with some bread notes. Orange body with decent head. Cirtus orange along with some caramel malts. Thinner barleywine but smooth and easy to drink beer.. Alcohol and dry on the palate. Good brew thanks Craig.
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUL 9, 2014
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy and thick mahogany color with just some wisps of white foam atop the brew once poured. The head fades almost instantly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. When swirled in the snifter the beers thickness can be seen as foamy fingers of lace cling to the sides of the glass fading over time as the tiny carbonation bubbles that compose the fingers of lace pop.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and sweet with tons of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Along with these sugary aromas comes some thick roasted bready smells as well as some other sweet smells of a fruit nature of raisin and apple. A good deal of a boozy rum aroma is there as well, creating a nice warming and sweet smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted malt and bready flavor with a good showing of caramel and toffee. The roasted flavor is much heavier then I would have expected from the nose (although not from the look) with it initially gaining intensity to the middle of the taste. While this occurs, some more sweet flavors develop on the tongue, with molasses and more caramel becoming more prevalent. Toward the middle of the taste however the roastedness begins to fade some while some light fruit flavors of apple and raisin come to the tongue. Other than the sweet, some boozy and lightly oaky flavors also join the profile with a touch of herbal and earthy hop tastes. The hop gets stronger to the end, and with the mix of sugary and fruity sweet, with the boozy and roasted flavors, ends up leaving a very satisfying and moderately warming flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is very low. Both are very appropriate for the big thick flavors of the brew and accentuate the mix of sweet and lightly hopped flavors nicely with that of the boozy and roasted flavors.
Overall – A very nice, somewhat slower sipper and boozy, sweeter barleywine. Well worth a try, especially at only ~ $3 for a 12 oz. bottle (which is well worth it!!).
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Bottle via Rudolph. Dark amber body with a mdeium creamy beige head (3+) Substantial caramel malt in the aroma is sufficient that I check my moustache for remains of the ice cream topping I had earlier in the evening, but it is in fact coming from the beer! Just enough hop presence in the nose to mix it up a little. First sip feints with an up front hop bite, but quickly reveals that the deep caramel foundations are the true star of the show. Hop bitterness returns in the aftertaste, quick on the hills of light alcohol. Despite the warming quality sneaking up on you, the alcohol in this is remarkably subdued, only really becoming noticable as the glass warms up. By the time the booze makes its way from the flavour to the aroma you have already been seduced. Palate lacks body, but makes up for it in a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable. Thanks very much Rudy! One of the most enjoyable brews I have had in a while... consumed while preparing a presentation on Life Cycle Assessment of Beverage Containers no less :) IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle at Sterling Tavern. Pours a lightly hazy, firey amber color with a smaller cream colored head. Nice aroma of caramel, apricot, brown sugar, and lighter hops. Flavor is strong, nice and sweet with some caramel and toffee, fig, and some spicy hops in the finish. Medium to full bodied, alcohol detected, but not strong at all. Judging from the previous ratings, it looks like the booze might be calming a bit. Who knows. I liked it though. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
2006 bottle sampled on 3/12/07 courtesy of Rudolf: Pours a transparent bright copper with a frothy, nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresher piny hops with some light caramel malt. Body starts with a nice, caramel malty sweetness and good fresh hoppy balance toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. A pretty good American strong ale. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry, thanks my friend! Pours a hazy brindle from the 12 oz bottle. The head is a rocky, frothy tan cap that lasted over 10 minutes before I could drink the beer. Nice lace with little floaties as well. The nose is c-hops and orange peels, dank basement and woody, earthy, caramel malts with a touch of smoke. Butterscotch and caramel malts upfront with spicy, woody notes, a blast of hops with way more bitterness than expected. This is the way I like a barleywine. The caramel and sweetness is here, but the hops balance and I don’t feel like I am drinking a sugar bomb. This is quite a treat! Thanks for the bottle Harry!