Crit (3977) - 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 (5074) - 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. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Bottle 05 courtesy of acertain, thanks again Andrew! Golden pour with a white head. Aroma of some grapefruit and light sweet malt. Flavor of grapefruit, honey, and some more light sweet malt...a little bit spicy. Thin body, smooth with a bitter-clean finish. Overall I was kinda let down by this one, everything seemed a bit underwhleming. I wonder if it just doesn’t age well...the flavors seemed thin...not very complex and the body was really thin. scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
Bottle. Orange. Aroma of malt and dark fruits. Flavor: A lot of malt sweetness. Cherries. Some bitterness, but the malt sweetness dominates.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
Very strong malted caramel nose drifting from a beautiful deep red orange with a foamy tan cloud resting on top. Heavy syrupy malty mouthfeel with hop bitterness assaulting right from the get go. Subtle flavours of apple and yeast make their way into the picture as well as a chewy biscuit like feature. In some ways this drinks more like a IIPA than a Barleywine...just a bit too hoppy for the style and something a bit acidic and metallic in the taste that detoured my full enjoyment. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2012
The aroma is malty and alcoholic with plenty of hops. The appearance is light amber with an average head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall this is good. bconch (408) - - JUL 31, 2012
Taken from old notes. Boozy nose with hints of caramel. Taste is sweet with a lot of hops for a barley wine. Finish is the same. lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
650 ml bottle @ vPBF 2012.TBone (17442) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Pours a dark amber colour with a foamy white head. Aroma of sweet malts, orange and green apples. Flavour of sweet malts, green apples. harsh bitter hops, grains, grass and some citric tartness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a grainy, harsh, malty, bitter finish. Unbalanced.
Bottled 660ml (vPBF, vintage 2011)
Deep amber color, small white head. Madeira wine, barley in the nose. Medium-bodied. Some caramel, very harsh, aggressive hoppyness, some alcohol, short finish.