Drake (13639) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2014
750 mL swingtop bottle from Hops & Grapes, Hickory. I should say, ostentatious swingtop bottle. This is an old bottle under the Roth Foe Hammer label. Bottle #290, dated 11/22/11. Not too excited to try this considering my past poor experiences with this brewery. I’m not alone either, as this has gone to at least two tastings and come back un-opened. Well, here goes. Pours a dark brown color with red highlights. Thin frothy tan head that quickly fades. Aroma of toffee, citrus, stone fruits, yeast, funk. Yep, funk. The taste is toffee, earth, plum, nutty notes, booze, mild funk. Medium bodied, slightly boozy. Meh. Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Oddly tasting, not so drinkable, thanks Doug. Looks good, dark brown with a bubbly head. Johnsense (1629) - - SEP 1, 2013
A middling barleywine. Toffee, sweet, brown sugar but very little hopping. Weird mouthfeel. Little carb as it has some age.. Foehammer according to the label. Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Very clear rum color with light tan vanishing head. Some light warming feelings as it goes down. I wouldn't consider this a cigar beer like other barley wines but this is very drinkable and a bit on the light side.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2012
22 oz. bottle (bottled March 20, 2012) Pours a nice dark amber color with an off white head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is slightly sweet with floral notes and dark fruit/toffee but no hop notes. Initial flavor is sweet almost citrus like with no hop notes the sweetness continues throughout with some notes of the 10.5% alcohol on the backend. Body is light-medium with below average carbonation. Decent beer, not worth the original price of ~22$.
Jcro32 (24) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Best barley wine I’ve had, even beating out stone’s old guardian. Judging on the standard 5 categories is difficult considering it’s $20 a fifth but with that aside A: Redish brown with an off white head that fades quickly, little lacing. N: Brown sugar, dark fruits, & toffee with a very slight alcohol twinge. T: More of the nose but with an earthy undertone, and less alcohol but a hint of spice. P: Medium low carbonation that allows the flavor to come through nicely. Satisfyingly full bodied with a crisp, warm, sweet finish like the last bite of a fresh from the oven piece of apple pie on a cool day. O: Phenomenal barley wine style ale that does a great job of camouflaging the alcohol presence without eliminating it. If it wasn’t so expensive It would be a weekly event. zizzybalubba (1861) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2012
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC (bottled March 20, 2012, bottle #70 and listed as 10.5% ABV). Murky brownish-orange pour with a short bubbly off-white head. Aroma is slightly sweet with notes of vanilla and toffee most recognizable and almost no hop profile. The flavor also offers little if anything in the way of hops (maybe a hint of citrus peel) but mostly just sweet toffee and graham cracker. Alcohol is present in heat an flavor. Not a terrible beer, certainly not what I think of as a barleywine, but not worth the price either. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle pours a dark red/brown with a thin tan head. Scent is dark fruit, caramel and wet wood. Taste is caramel, toffee and dark sugar. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Nice big bottle. Pours a dark amber with a large tan head. Has a nice light level of hoppiness to it with some hints of acidity you expect in a barley wine. Has a remarkably clean and easy finish, which I didn’t expect. KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a cloudy chestnut brown with a huge (3-4 finger) cream colored creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair spotty lacing.
The aroma was of a caramel malt and a doughy yeast with notes of dark fruit (plums and raisins), pears, toffee and a strong alcohol tinge.
The taste was malty sweet with a hint of toffee early on and then it became quite flavorful with a good dose of dark fruit and a strong alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a really long time proceeding the swallow, with a good strong fruity alcohol presence left lingering for quite a while.
Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body with a nice dry texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall a good strong Barleywine with a nice fruity presence. But as it says on the bottle “Ages Well”, I believe this one would only improve with age...