mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bomber pour. Malty richness that really warms well. You can actually detect the hops! Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
22oz bottle, 2012 reserve. Pours an opaque mahogany with a small amount of tan head. Aroma is sweet and boozy, with dark cherry, bread, and a little tobacco. Hops definitely come through in the taste, but it is still pretty balanced. I have nothing bad to say about this ABW. rickyleepotts (100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2013
I have never been impressed with Full Sail, but this has been starring at me on the shelf for a few weeks. They dropped the price, and I realized it was on the 1001 Bottles list. Figured I would get it before it was too late. Glad I did, because this beer has been retired. They no longer brew this. Not sure why... it is awesome! A nice thickness, some light bubbles, and a lovely sweetness leading to a drying sweet finish. This is what a barleywine is all about. I wish ore barleywines tasted like this. Good job, Full Sail! WELL worth the $4.49 I paid for it. Bottoms up, people! beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2013
On tap. Dark orange/red with a small white head. Scent is spice/sugar/caramel/hops. Taste is caramel/herbs/fruit and hops. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
22 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Murky copper, luscious frothy white head retains a relatively large ring and leaves tons of lacing down the glass. Aroma has apple cider all over it, and raisin and caramel. Flavor is the same; not much going on here with hops; a fair amount of wild sourness. Possibly overly sweet to get through this whole bottle in one sitting. A rare example of an unbalanced craft beer with too -little- hops. Overall, bland and lacking character, and I can’t see how this one is rated so highly.
Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet malts and fruit. Taste is sweet with candy flavors, slightly sour and slight hoppiness. Medium body, slick feel, average carbonation. Tangy finish very drinkable. pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
06 on tap at Roscoes- nice sweet aroma. Tastes of clover honey and oak with mild hop, bitter finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 4 jan 2013, bottle. Light amber, clear, no bubbles. Nose s sweet raisin bread. Not much alcohol. Med/thin body and moderately fizzy. Light caramel, some blue cheese, slightly chalky, some raisin. Okay.
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Bottle - 2006 vintage. Pours hazy amber with thick, creamy off-white head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is cookie and bread malts, figs, cherries, floral hops, and oak. Flavor is balanced sweet malt, dark fruit esters, and grassy and floral hops; dry finish. Full body and low carbonation. Angelmonster (199) - Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2012
This is a review of 08 vintage
Pours a murky, dark caramel color. Head is 1/5 of an inch and tan. Head retention is good and lacing is fantastic.
Smell is of freshly melted caramel, smoked burnt malts, and whisky sauce. Even after 4 years, some hop aroma remains, mostly herbaceous with pine and floral hints. Alcohol slightly clears the sinuses.
Taste is big on dried fruit like prune and apricot but its rounded out by a pine and grapefruit bitterness. Judging by smell, I thought this beer would have been sweeter or richer but it was more hop forward. For 9% and 4 years aged, the alcohol was more present than expected.
Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. Slightly on the thinner side for a barleywine, head doesnt add much in the way of texture.
Overall this beer has me stumped. In 09 I tried this vintage and enjoyed it much more. Flavors of alcohol and hops seem to have increased over the years which almost seems impossible. This is still a solid barleywine, especially its price. Just wish I would have consumed it sooner and hopefully I can get some more to maybe age for an even longer amount of time just to see what happens.