kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/02/200521iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest
cloudy amber, thin off white head, big sweet piney citrus hop aroma, great hop flavor on a balanced big sweet carmel malt base, nice light bitter finish
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
this tasted more like a double ipa than a barleywine. Very orange, very floral and very hoppy. very good as well. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Draft at the brewpub (Tempe location). Served in a tall chalice. Cloudy orange brown color. Head was big, off white and had a yellowish tint. There was some nice lace on the glass at the end. Smelled of flowery hops and cotton candy. Lightly sweet up front overpowered by assertive hop bitterness that lasts throughout. Full bodied with iced tea and citrusy hop flavors accented by malty molasses that comes through mostly at the end. Tasty. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2006
On tap at Four Peaks - Poured a hazy amber color with a good size, long lasting off white head. Some nice lacing was left behind as the head settled. Had a light fruity, floral hop aroma. Flavor was floral hops and esters. Medium to full body. This was a very good beer. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2006
12-oz., left over from WBC ’06. Easily worthy of the gold for barley wine that WBC gave it this year. Deep pumpkin orange, almost roasted. White head shows up *after* it sits for a few minutes--all the crud and sludge swirling around in this beer keeps it from appearing up top for a while. Amazing stuff: those nose comes on with light spice and bread, as well as some citric sweet and hoppy crispness. The body’s the phenomenal thing about this beer. It’s thick and viscous but without any stickiness or undue sweetness. No vinous overtones anywhere in the nose, palate, or finish. This is a mature barleywine right out of the gate. Complex and rewarding without any of the swampy bogginess common to so many of even the finest examples of the style. I wish I could drink beer like this all the time.
bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Bottled sample via the kind hand of after4ever. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thick, lacy off-white head. The aroma is rich with toffee, pine, oranges. The taste is smooth, rich, lightly sweet; with caramel, sherry, vanilla, fruit. The finish is grapefruit with a slight bit of pine. This beer is amazingly well rounded, and gives little hint of the alcohol content. This is the good stuff. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2006
On cask at Tempe brewpub: Well I managed to talk the bartender into a 4oz sample of this for free seeing as how I had a place to catch...and thanks to a kind (and cute) bartender I got it. Murky, hazy light brown with hints of rusty copper hues under a thick, creamy beige head. The aroma is very slightly oxidized molasses, caramel, plum, eathy malt, prune, light raising, fruit, along with some bitter grapefruit, citrus, pine hops. This one is interesting because the malt, what I’m assuming is aging, and the cask all lend themselves very much to the British tradition of barleywines while the hops seem to be an undecided mix of PNW citrus/grapefruit/bright hops and some earthy/grassy/floral British hops. Or I could have no idea what I’m talking about. Regardless I’m not faulting it, rather pointing out that it seems to be a mix of traditions. The taste is oxidized caramel/plum-like malt (in that good aged barleywine way, not overly so), light raisins, mildly bitter prunes, plums, bits of cardboard (not bad though), hints of fruity yeast, and of course plenty of fresh, citrus, bitter grapefruit, earthy hops. Well come to think of it the hops really do seem to be more earthy/grassy so maybe it’s just american grown fuggles or goldings but I’m probably far of base so I’ll stop the conjecture here. Medium body, moderate carbonation, very full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a long drawn-out sugary malt, aged grains, and hops finish. This would have been my choice for a full pint and if I ever go back I’ll be seeking this out for sure. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Draft at PP Strong Ale Fest ’05. Copper brown and hazy pour. Fairly sweet caramel malty aroma and some fuity raisin notes. Fairly hoppy. Sweet similar flavors - sweet caramel malts with some medium fruits and blanaced with a good amount of hops. Full bodied. Very good. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Draft - ABV 12%. Deep hazy coppery brown, thin creamy off-white head. Deep and complex nose of dusty molasses, caramel, fig, pine and rum raisin, with light touches of tropical fruit. Extremely well balanced for such a big brew. PNW bitter hops and sweet dark fruity tones combine to near perfection. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet fruity finish. Impressed to say the least...
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2005
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: Hazy orange color. Big malt starts the aroma but quickly becomes mixed with plenty of hops. Light notes of alcohol present. Big piney hop flavor running through. Moderate bitterness that lasts for a nice length of time. Good balance. Full bodied almost syrupy.