chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2004
Beer #18 at Spiesy’s. The final beer in our run of strong Americans. I must admit I am more used to nip bottles for barley wines than 750ml ones. Red colour. Sweet candy sugar aroma, with some hop too. Raisins and resin in the flavour. Rich and opulent, but sticky and cloying. No doubt well made, just too sweet and sickly for me. Bottled.
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2003 - Hazy deep amberish peach colored ale, creamy light tan head. Nice aromas of caramel, pineapple, apricot, and toffee brittle, with lighter floral hop notes upon further warming. Taste was a let down though with tangy orange hop flavors and light tropical fruit tones up front. Layered musty caramel malt plays out and blends late, but just never seems to pull everything together. Lighter side of medium bodied, light carbonation, citric hop finish. Think I held this one too long, but who knew...
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2006
Bottle. Amber color with a white head. The taste is a sweet light fruiy body with a nice smoothness. Slight dry and light bitter palate with some hoppy notes. Comes off a bit thin. LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2006
I really wasnt all that impressed with this one. It was good but nothing I would seek out again. It was a yellow color which seemed off for barleywine, and the taste was of a dumbed down ipa or barleywine/ipa hodge podge. Overall not what I want from my barleywines. thebaldwizard (1365) - Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2006
1999 vintage courtesy of BeerandBlues2. Thanks! I was a little let down with this one. The pour was a hazy amber color with a good head on it. The aroma was definitely sweet and malty. The taste was very sweet--too sweet for me--and the mouthfeel was too syrupy for my liking. Not terrible by any stretch--but not up my alley. If you like JW Lees stuff--then you would probably love this as well.
kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
22 oz bottle, via acertain, bottled 12/1/2005. Pours a clear dark gold colored body under a thinnish creamy off-white head that receded to a thin covering. Some light visible carbonation. Aroma is quite sweet with a fruity and candy like maltiness. Noticable alcohol, moderate hoppiness, and a little acetone. Flavor is fairly well balanced up front, lots of bitterness over the toffee and sugary sweet malt. Finishes quite bitter with lots of hot alcohol and a little of that acetone again. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slightly sticky finish and moderate fizzy carbonation. This was so-so, and quite a letdown from what I remember from having a few years ago when I last had it. I think I don’t care for the malt profile that’s used here most of all. I prefer a somewhat deeper and richer maltiness versus the very candy like flavor here. tomciccateri (1035) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 14, 2007
2004 22-ounce brown bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a tan head. Big malty aroma, medium body, early malty flavor followed by hoppy bitterness. Slightly sharp bitterness accentuated by oxidation. Oh well. Crit (4057) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2002
on tap:Deep red brown. Lasting tan head. Alcohol nose. Medium alcohol heat but smoother malt and less rough edges than most barleywine Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2005
2004 bomber. Pours a light to medium amber with a nice off white head and some lace. Aroma is initially light hops with some citrus and hints of mint, but then gives way to some sweet crystal malt. Also a bit of an oxidized aroma. Flavor is actually on the light side for a barleywine. Some warming alcohol with lots of fruit undertones. Light crystal malt with a little bitterness in the end, but very mellow. More oxidation in the flavor- tasted a bit stale. Im not impressed. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Thanks santa. 2005 bottle. Cloudy orange, thin off-white head. Nose is brown sugar, some citrus, caramel, alcohol. Flavor is citrus up front then brown sugar. Unpleasantly bitter & alcoholic finish.