GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of tupalev. Ruby brown colour. Strong, sweet aroma, with a big alcohol presence. Flavour starts sweet as well - brown sugar & malt - and develops some sharp, tart notes as it warms. Finish is long, with notes of vanilla and almond. A simple but well made example of the style. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle, shared in good company near the end of a solid tasting session. Strong alcohol in aroma - probably a little overpowering. Dark brown appearance. Strong taste as expected - sweet malt, simple barley wine taste, but only a little bitterness near the end. Certainly a sweet barleywine, but also quite simple. A good effort. HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (12oz) - shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc at tupalev’s domicile - provided by tuplaev. Poured a dark, hazy amber-brown with a small, diminishing very light brown head. Aroma - alcohol, burned caramel, toasted rich malt, some hops, certainly yeast, and strangely, mushrooms! Taste was spicy dark malt, prunes, yeast(s), a little hop-bitter with warming - and of course, alcohol was in the house, but not stroppy. An average linger, and perhaps a tad alcohol-harsh and one-dimensional, but a barley wine and freakin’ proud of it. Of the b-wines I’ve had, it’s in the upper third. jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
"F**k that Jimmy jam stuff, lets open these!" - Blankboy decides that the can of Yankee Jim should not be our first priority. <P>
Dark brown with a very thin tan head. Sweet brown sugar aroma, malt and a hint of alcohol. Flavour is sweet, malty, brown sugar, touch of molasses. Dry finish, with some hops coming out in the aftertaste. Medium oily palate. Simplistic at times, but very drinkable. Underrated in my opinion. A beer that shows that it trusts you. ;) jrob21 (3774) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Big malty flavors, including licorice and chocolate, are balanced with a moderate hop profile. a little on the bitter side.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2005
12 oz bottle at Pop the Cap fundraiser. I’m not a huge fan of barleywines, but this is probably my favorite of the ones I’ve had. It isn’t so overwhelmingly sweet or malty. Looking forward to more once NC gets past its antiquainted beer laws. beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2005
bottle. I really am enjoying this barley wine (as a write) it poured a rich brown-amber with a beautiful tan head. great aroma of the flavors it presented in its taste rum, brandy, caramel, raisin, plums, slight alcoholic tinge on the end of the tounge arises... very round and warm, a soothing, relaxing, warming beer. I enjoyed this as much as SN’s bigfoot. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
I don’t think that it stands out among Barley Wines but I found it to be very enjoyable and delicious. I would certainly drink more of these. I looked at the graphs and it seems to be trending higher so perhaps they have tweaked the recipe. Very dark, no head. Inviting spicy aroma and taste. The spices and flavuors seemed to be more nutmeg like and less cinamon. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Dark and rich, powdery and heavily leaning to the malt rather than the excessively hopped varieties I tend to prefer. Nice, but would be far more pleased if a complimentary hop was added. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Very dark brown in color with an unfiltered, opaque visibility. Head is tan colored and forms well when poured but dissapates quickly. Aroma is rich, milk chocolate and in your face. Caramel lies underneath and some alcohol as well. Aroma alone lets me know that this beer is huge with thick malt sugars intensifying the aroma as it warms. Concentrated unfermented malt sugars surround the english hop flavor, higher alcohols, and underpinning bitterness. Reminds me of a big English-style Barleywine/Old ale. The syrupy sweetness, the concentrated maltiness, the pungent initial bitterness and straightforward character should intensify in complexity with sherryish and madeira-like qualities. One for aging for sure.