willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
02.20.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Pale-ish orange and flat pour. Waaaayyy too sweet for me, from the first sip to that last of the aftertaste. Some pine resin, biscuit. Very sugary sweet. Disappointing beer that I was really looking forward to, maybe it’s better from a bottle. DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
2006 Vintage. 22 ounce bottle purchased at Nugget on Mace in Davis, CA. Caramel, fruity, berry-like aroma present with some definite ethanol presence. Light herbal hops are in there, but this aroma isn’t overly tempting. Very attractive transparent amber body with some garnet hues present. Medium off-yellowish head present with average lacing. Well, this is probably the thinnest-bodied barleywine I have ever tasted. Herbal, grainy, dry malt flavors to start, which turns very boozy and ethanolic in the middle. Very bitter hoppiness in the finish. This beer is way unbalanced. The light body combined with the horrific ethanol presence and high hop levels just don’t work for this. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
I don’t really get this beer. Mostly because it tastes like a double IPA. Could be much darker, much rounder. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Vintage 2002, Barley wine blind tasting. English Style. Light amber color. The lightest of all the BWs sampled. Musty aroma with some citrus. Flavor has lots of tobacco. Big bitterness. Smooth. Right in the middle for this style. oakbluff (453) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
2008 vintage bomber. Pours murky chunky brown with minimal head. Nose- pine and leather, a tad dusty. taste- a hop forward barleywine with an astringent aspirin like bitterness. Some oxidation seems present so the malt has a sweet carboard taste. Dry, kind of lifeless finish. Watery body. Drinkability likely better in a fresher sample, although this is only a year old.
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2010
(22oz bottle-Reserve 08). Pours hazy amber color with thick off-white head. Decent lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, raisin, soy sauce, and basement funk. Taste is semi-sweet followed by a bitterness that builds up. Medium bodied with a thinnish and oily texture. Some creaminess also, but not sticky, which is how I prefer barleywines. Carbonation is average and finish is bitter. As I continue to drink this beer, the bitterness becomes more and more distracting. No balance. A poor, over-hopped example of the style. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Not a huge barleywine fan but I can tell this one is done well. This was the 09 version and it wasn’t overpowering in alcohol. Still had some nice hop kick to it. Will be interesting to see how it ages. madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
22nd January 2010BVery (10716) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Hazy deep amber - brown beer. Light malt nose. Semi soft palate, a little dry. Malty bitter toffee, followed by pretty bitter hop. A little aniseed alcohol underneath. Subtle black fruits in the finish which is soft and warming and with a trace of bubblegum. A few too many rough edges for me.
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 BOTTLE: amber/orange pour, aroma of caramel and fruit. Fruity hop & malt taste. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was okay. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Coles Barleywine Competition 2012. 2011 version. Oxidized, poor flavor & aroma. High carbonation. Probably bad bottle.