chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2003
I managed to bring back about 10 bottles from a 2000 trip to Oregon. I've been slowly sampling them from the beer seller and they are getting reallllly good now. I don't detect the sourness that I see others noted, but the balance for the style is really impressive for such a big beer. I'll be cracking open the next bottle around Halloween - I can't wait.... Reid (2555) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Bought in the 22 oz bomber..with a nice plain label...2002 reserve.
Well this starterd of as a rageing off white head but clamed down within 6 minutes to a nice lace..atop a slightly murky amber coloured beer,
mmmm the aroma of this ale is exceptional i sense all kinds of malts and hops in a dance of olafactory pleasure..also the alcohol is plain and in view..
Nice malty tatse quyicklly overcpome by the hop bitterness and more importantlly the alcohol..though its not unpleasant warming..its a toffee, buttery alcohol taste at first then a stronger alcoholic tasting Sherry wine.. wonderful stuff.
Very nice indeed in the mouth ..pretty smooth.
Al in all a very drinkable barley wine for 9%! Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2003
2002 Bottle. Deep amber color with a substantial off-white head. The aroma shows some really nice malt complexities. The hops are present but certainly not overpowering. Caramel, nuts, toasty grains, light pine and a hint of citrus. A moderate mouthfeel, neither too thick and syrupy, nor thin and watery. Full and robust flavors with a magnificent blend of smooth, toasty malts and moderate bitter hops. A real treat and one of my new favorite barleywines. The balance was incredibly refreshing. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
This barleywine pours with a deep red body topped by a thick, off-white head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet, bready and malty with a slight fruity note, a slight bitterness and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is sweet and malty with notes of caramel/toffee, a slight fruitiness, a touch of bread and nice bitter hoppiness. Great flavor. Full bodied, amazingly smooth and slightly warming. muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
750 ml bottle, shared with and provided by TAR (thanks buddy). Bright strawberry-cherry-red; enormous, luscious fruity nose, full of berries, licorice, vanilla, caramel and light fresh herbs. Incredibly smooth, quite sweet with just a twist of dry hops to finish; middle sweet and smooth; toxic perfume in the nose, seductive poisoned flowers...perhaps just a bit dry and dusty to finish, but what a masterful work overall!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Orange amber bodied, clear, gently rising carbonation, short head, great lacing. When I looked at this brew, I just wanted to chug it all! Sweet and citrus aromas go on and on. Palate was very very smooth for such a big abv. This is a juicy beer - apple / orange juice sweetness in the malts and a lot of grapefruit mixed with pine in the hop department. Sure, I could’ve aged this bottle longer (2003), but I like ’em fresh and hoppy. This did not disappoint at all. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 2003 bottle. Poured a deep orange color. Head is almost yellowish white. Head leaves quickly and slight foam ring is left around the edges. Aroma is malty and hoppy. First taste is malty and fruity, almost like pineapple. Mouthfeel is medium. Malt seems to swirl about and then a long withdrawn hop finish. Indeed close to a 120 minute and Immort Ale hybrid.
2005 bottle sampled 11/05. A bright, highly polished copper color and incredibly clear. Big off-white head forms and slowly dies down but never seems to fade below a quarter inch in depth. Fresh fruity flavors, sweet and gummy. Lots of floral hops. Medium bodied and fairly smooth, alcohol is listed at 9% and hidden nicely. Bitterness is well done and fresh if that is possible. Listed at 91 IBUs but drinks smaller than that. Really nicely done and this will bump up the score a bit. DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2005
03 Reserve. Big thanks to Brock_Landers. Brock sent me 3 or 4 top 100 beers. This one is turbid deep copper with minimal head (no deductions due to high ABV). Aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, hops, gingerbread, black pepper. Not as intense as the HOTD Doggie Claws aroma, but I give both 9s. Tastes very malty, fruity, with hops, dark fruit, some toffee, cognac. This one is a bit more refined and balanced than the Doggie Claws, but not as "in your face" intense. Dense finishing palate, with a somewhat krieky finish, and also a hit of rauch. I can’t decide whether this or Doggie Claws is better. They are both great. This one is a tuxedoed, smooth, finessed barleywine, while the Doggie Claws is a rough around the edges, long haired hippie. Both have their purpose, and as far as I’m concerned, they are both at the top of the genre. My 2nd 4.5 rating for a Barleywine tonight. Dare I try the Avery The Beast next!!!?? Stay tuned, fans. I may need a Goddamn stretcher! Yeah man! ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Tasted at MilkmanDan’s house on 9/10/05. Caramel and buttery toffee notes in the nose with some smoke. Beautiful amber color with particalia. Very salty to the taste and sour with butter and caramel. Very nice. Some cloyingness in the aftertaste, but not in a bad way. Wonderful brew. I hope Full Sail doesn’t mess with the recipe. inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2008
’06 on tap and growler at Full Sail in Hood RIver. This stuff was great. For being two years old it kept its hop flavor and aroma pretty dang well. This is one of the smoothest barley wines i’ve ever had. Malty, perfect amount of hop flavor and a super clean palate.