MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Dark mahogony pour w/ a whispy heAd & some nice lcing. A full well coated pal. Flavor is sweet toffees some grassy hop notes a light citrus dry finish. Ar is a bit light toffe hops lacks distintion. madmitch76 (25801) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 10th October 2008. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
GABF. Strong clear brown beer. Dry. Sweet and malty. Some bourbon barrel flavours. Sweet porty tones.
on draft at the doty pub. ’06 vintage. pours ruby with no head. nose of port, caramel, red fruit. flavor is port, alc, soy, sweet caramel and sweet raisin. very low/flat carbonation with a syrupy feel. marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Gingerbread and brown sugar aromas. Reddish brown. Sweet and rich with some dried fruit and dates. Lightly bitter and creamy makes a bittersweet duration. Good. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2009
(Draught, 2006 vintage, sampled August 2009) Pours a cloudy reddish brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of leather, old books, cherry, caramel, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, maple syrup, hops (earthy), fruit, brandy, and some light spices with a moderately dry finish.
tennisjoel (1493) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2009
On tap at the downtown location. Orange red pour. 1 finger head. The hops here are dominant and it is the fruity variety. Apricots, raisin, plum, and citrus hops. Drinkable and sweet, but not to the level of cloying. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Good effort! islay (3036) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2009
On tap at the brewpub in downtown Madison. Approx. 10 oz. pour. Consumed on 8-7-09. Listed as "Great Dane Old Scratch Ole Barleywine." Given that it was on tap in the summer, it shouldn’t be listed as a winter seasonal. Hops dominate the spicy, dry, chalky aroma. Grapefruit, plum, and pine scents. Smells great! Pours a hazy almost maroon. Small amount of thick beige head. Nice lacing. Sweet malts and spicy hops sum up the flavors. Fruity: pomegranate, passion fruit, mango, and golden raisin. Dry hops linger on the tongue. Perhaps a bit to sweet, but still quite good. Nice, long, hoppy-dry finish. Medium body. A little bit of carbonation kick / liveliness. zizzybalubba (1887) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2009
On tap at the brewpub in Madison (Downtown). Dark orange in color. Hoppy/malty aroma as expected from a barleywine. The flavor, however, offers a few unexpected things. It is sort of fruity (peach or apricot comes to mind). This one is very good but I prefer more hops and less fruit. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2009
On draught at the Great Dane Wausau location as Vintage Barleywine. Pours a hazy dark caramel colored brew with no head. Aroma of raisins, caramel malt, a hint of peach, some tropical fruit and a hint of citrus zest. Taste is full bodied, a touch of alcohol, with additional flavors of dark pitted fruit, candi sugar, some tropical fruit, raisin and brown sugar. Finish is smooth, a tad alcohol warmth with an aftertaste of brown sugar, raisin and citrus. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2009
On tap at Great Dane Hilldale. Ruby red to brown with a thin white head. Complex aroma with caramel, alcohol, brown sugar, dark fruit and some citrus. Smooth body tastes of alcohol, malt, sugar, caramel and citrus. Some warming on the back end and as expected the beer itself gets better as it warms.