Bill Becker (2056) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017 GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, - DEC 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc & mabel - courtesy of blankboy. Ah, something good to wash the taste of the McCeol’s Red out of my mouth! Bright amber with a small head. Great aroma - sweet, boozy, notes of candied orange & plum pudding. Flavour is a bit of the aggressive side - the bitterness is nice at first, but it becomes a bit harsh a few sips in. Still enough sweetness there to give it some balance, though.
From Nov 2007
his is the 2006 vintage and I got it in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!
This pours from 22oz bottle a cloudy orange amber with a small head of foam with some lacing. Not much foam to shrink down to but there's still a fine layer as I near the end of my session.
The smell has notes of caramel malt, hops, and some spice.
The taste at first sip is hugely malty. Lots of nice caramel flavour permeate my every taste bud. Next sip brings the hoppy goodness with notes of floral hops and some grapefruit and some nice fruity tones both dark and not so dark.(plum and apricot) And boy are they working well together as in, this puppy is really well balanced! You love hoppy brews, this one is for you. You love malty brews, ditto.
It has a medium bordering on full mouthfeel and it's lightly carbonated. It finishes slightly bitter but there's still a good malt presence there as well. And I'm sipping on it straight from the fridge! Time to set it aside and let it warm up a bit, methinks.
(about a half hour later)
As it warmed up, all the flavours became more intense but I still find it very drinkable. Very nice BWSA and one I'd drink again with no qualms. BeerRenter76 (1061) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Originally rated on 1/26/09. i liked this barley wine because of the balance. It had enough hops to give it a decent aroma and some complexity to the taste, but enough sweet malts to compliment. Neither one was overwhelming or overbearing. Alcohol was well hidden and it had a good mouthfeel, not too thick or thin. Overall i Thought it was pretty good, and i would try it again Itzjerm (3239) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2017
Over carbonated. Malty. A little barrel. Lots of barrel nose. Sweet and over carbonated. Meh
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone dnstone (4034) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2016
2007 vintage poured from a keg at a 2014 event. Has a mellow syrupy aroma. Pours a copper color with a ginormous head. A nice mellowed out barleywine...the years have definitely influenced it.
Notes from the ’14 Denver Rare Beer Tasting drpimento (3876) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Really nice, aged well. Dry, not too heavy. Slight medicinal aftertaste. Hides the booze well.
chinchill (5451) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2015
22 oz bottle of 2011 Reserve served in a Belgian snifter.
The hazy brown body is topped by a thin weak head that leaves minimal lacing.
Fruity appealing aroma with some biscuit and remarkably little evidence of alcohol. There’s little sign of the alcohol upon tasting either ... at first; but eventually the alcohol builds and the finish and aftertaste are actually rather boozy. While the boozy finish detracts from the flavor it is overall good enough, and complex enough, to deserve a 8. More hops than expected for this style and vintage combination.
Feel: light carbonation in a medium-light body with obvious alcohol warming. drsordr (2973) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 vintage 2007 pour dark amber copper with moderate tan head. Nose toffee, raisin, sweet malt, and maybe hint of oxidation. Taste up front sweeter flavors with raisin, plum, toffee. Mid palate moderate bitterness still. Hint of spicy pepper. Drinks pretty nice for 8 year old beer. SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 25, 2015
Deep dive into the rotter for this 2009 reserve barley wine gold ale. Rich toffee. Raisin rum cake. Musty sherry. Oxidized grape drank. Bit of sharp coffee medicine. Better than expected given what was in front of me. Rotted just fine. Sarlacc83 (2471) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle. 2010 vintage.
A: Dark brown with red highlights. Creme colored head. Lacing.
N: Toffee, leather, earth, tobacco, some oxidation, grass. Dry autumn leaves.
T: Quite bitter, light sweetness.
M: Medium body, touch of alcohol, drying, soft carbonation.
O: Throwback barleywine. Not unrestrained but not my cup of tea, either. Iphonephan (7517) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Vintage 2012. Pours slightly hazy copper with an ecru head. Aroma of raisins and booze. Flavors of caramel and bitter citrus. Bitter finish.