beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Dark red. Light soapy head. Aroma of hops, pine, fruit which are all identifiable in the flavor. Smooth, not cloying. Slight dry finish. Complex interesting flavor. Really good beer. ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Tried this at the winter beer tasting in Lawrence, 2012. Courtesy of Brandon and Monica. I opened this without realizing what style it was and was pleasantly surprised to find a mild, somewhat sweet barleywine. Avoids the syrupy texture of many in this style, hoppy, bold, with the flavor of dark fruits. bhensonb (15193) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Cool pic. Barley wine laying down. Mine is a capped 750 from the BevMo in Vacaville. Pours hazy ruddy copper with a small off-white creamy/bubbly head. Aroma has a lot of pine/citrus. A lot. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Flavor is the standard brown sugar, but there’s a heck of a lot of hop fighting the sweet. This suggests "fresh hop barley wine". Those folks at GTB have finally gone off the deep end. Kudos. It’s finishing hoppy and bitter, while brown sugar constantly surges in and out. Amazing, brilliant ale. onceblind (9663) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2014
On tap at World of Beer-Cherry Creek. Cloudy dark gold copperish with a thin off white head. The aroma is nicely sweet with a little nose of cherry and raisin, some sweet honeyed toffee, and a light booziness. Lovely flavor with sweet toffee, a little booziness, a touch of raisin and cherry, and a brown sugary sweetness. Pleasant and sweet and fruity. berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2013
On tap at Barley’s Brewhaus on 3/21/2013. Pours a deep reddish brown with 2 inches of head and excellent lacing. Aroma is pine and malts. Taste is sweet with dark fruit, pine, and a very noticeable alcohol flavor.
bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2013
750 ml bottle, bottled on 10/18/12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that stayed around for a little while. There’s a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, dark fruit, sweet spices, and some light citrusy and pine hops. It tastes like toffee, brown sugar, figs, bready malt, citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops. The bitterness comes out more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a solid beer, I liked it. Not sure if I should have drank this fresher or aged it longer! krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Deep Amber brown. Smells a bit of leather and sweetness. It tastes of a sweetness that turns to a bitter leather taste that turns back to a mostly sweet finish. Fades nicely Malty undertones. raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Enjoying this from Growler Station in Greenville, SC. Being able to get this "cellared" is nice because its very mellow for the profile. Very fruity, a little bready with the aging, but I think that helps mellow the ABV. Really good. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2015
750ml, bottling date 10/19/12. Cellared since purchased. Sweet, toffeeish malt aroma, with notes of brown sugar, fruitcake, slight herbal and alcoholic tinges, with a bit of sherry, spice, earth and leather. Clear deep amber-red in color with a very fine, lasting head and matching lace. Flavor profile is richly sweet and sugary but in a smoothly integrated manner, blending quite nicely with the warming alcohol, moderate hop bitterness, dried fruits and peppery spice, plenty of lingering toffee notes on the finish. Some heat on the palate, which is otherwise slightly sticky and syrupy, with a medium degree of effervescence and a massive body. The age has done it well, to be certain -- I tried a sample of this when it was fresh and it did not approach this level. That said, if you are holding onto some of this, I wouldn’t sit on it for very much longer. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle pours a deep amber with a lasting off white top. Scent is dark sugar and fruit. Taste is dark fruit, bread, sugar, caramel with some nice hops.