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. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2005
BOttle. Cherry, sweet, honey, thick coating mouthfeel. Floral, maple syrup, molasses. Finish is very nice. It foes form sweet to a great spicy biterness. Well done. Nuffield (4201) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 The aroma reminded me of my grandma’s soap dish, being sweet and effervescent, moderately driven by the alcohol, plus notes of cherry, hairspray, and childrens’ toothpaste. Moderately frothy with some additional grape notes coming out in the flavor, finished with roasted qualities. Amber color. Decent drinking. (8-4-7-4-14) // Re-rate: Classically hoppy, tobacco as it warms, plus sweet grape. Very dark, wood brown. Smooth, low carbonation, smooth, slightly air-filed, frothy. Grape flavor from malts. Nice blend of sweet caramel and hops. (7-4-8-4-15) Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - JUL 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 final beer from a fun night with nuffield and lumpy, good beer and good folks is...well a good thing. poured a slightly purple brown with a thin ring of a head. plum and cherry aroma with a light alcohol tint. syrupy texture and a sweet taste. sweet cherry and brown sugar. very sticky and rich with a nice vanilla note. a combo of caramel and fruit is present in this. enjoyable. the alcohol is well hidden .
rerate, sorta, tied the year old 034 and o3. have to say the beer peaks around a year of aging. still good at 2, but a bit dusty with an overpowering raisin. the year old was superb. embracing fruity hops still present but everything melds. a damn fine beer. worth sitting on. ptsotd (14) - Juliette, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Pours from bottle (Vintage 04A) black and tawny, little to no head. Typical barley wine sniff of malt. Black forest. Or caramel cooked 10 seconds too long. But good. Is that rosemary hiding in there? Great bottlelabel by the way. Taste: much different than Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Brooklyn Monster; a taste all its own, though maybe not quite as good as the two afore mentioned. Not licorice. Sugar free caramel, chocolate, malt malt malt. Malted milk and Pepsi? Yes, that’s it. Nice pallet, slow to drain. Coats the throat. Neat warming barley wine alcohol kick. When to drink this? Before sex, but not before breakfast. 75%.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Four pack of 12oz bottles. Pours burgundy with a millimeter of tan head which fades quickly. Plum and molasses aroma. Taste starts with grapefruit hops, quickly fades to cherry licorice. Can barely taste the alcohol (actually, you can easily taste it but, for a barleywine...). Best barleywine bang for your buck. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2005
This is one of the most smooth tasting Barleywine I ever had, The head of the beer is mininmal, the smells of raisns, fig with choclate slimple give to the taste of chocalte and and carmel.
While the Alcohol % is strong it doesnt over-power the beer.
Enjoy on those cold nights by the fire. BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2005
This barley wine has a typical cola-brown color and lack of head. Nice malty aroma with little complexity. Tastes ok: some sweet licorice elements are evident especially near the finish. Wet body with a harsh alcohol presence. All in all really not that great -- I’m just not a fan of this style despite it’s "lush appeal". beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
Clear brown color with floaties and a ring of offwhite lace. Aroma and flavor of caramel, roasted malt and alcohol. Medium body, liquorous texture, moderate carbonation. dwyerpg (6413) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Dark brown in color. I must say that I didn’t know that barley wines were really malty. I used to not like malty beers; know I only not like light malty beers. As far as barleywines go, this is the worst I’ve had so far. That said, my high score should indicate that I both like this style and think this to be the best Flying Dog brew.