mephisto (1288) - TAIWAN - MAY 17, 2007
it has a cloudy amber color with quickly disappearing head. the aroma is of sweet and earthy malt accented with grapefruit like hoppiness. the flavor is sweet and quite bitter, with lingering note of resins. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Aroma is a little sweet. Smells malty and like chestnuts, but also has some hoppiness and pine to it. Poured an orange/ruby/mahogany color with a medium tan head that lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes a little caramel malty to start but then becomes hoppy with notes of resin. Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish is also a bit salty. A nice Barley Wine. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2007
22oz bomber. Murky brown with ruby highlights. Thick ring of beige head. Sugary toffee aromas. Full bodied with a great complexity. Sweet and citrus with a long bitter following. Big sweet sugary malts. Good amount of alcohol, noticeable but not too daunting. Grapefruit citrus flavors. Finish is sticky and cloying. The bitterness ebbs but lingers. Subtle notes of raisins and sweet cinnamon breads. Fantastic barley! KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Bottle via Naven. Dark reddish head. Smell of fruit, hops, malt, cotton candy, hints of caramel and citrus, pine and soem flowers. Taste the same. More malt than hops and I can also taste hints of orange peal and citrus. Still a great Barleywine. Thanks Naven! waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2007
bottle. mahogony pour with off white head. nice lacing throughout. big citrus hops, oak, muskky malts, sugar in aroma. dominant hop aroma. medium body. initial hops are very big but fade to oak malts. wet paper, perfume, a hint of metal, floral. a little tangy. dry bitter finish. alcohol very well hidden. seems young and aging wouldn’t improve it.
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle, from trade with The_Beer_God. Good aroma, sweet & citrusy. tangerine, orange, little grass, toffee/caramel. Thought of a orange creamsicle as it warmed up. Tad hazed dark orangy brown color, that was a nice red when held up to light, small head, though I did pour slow, but solid head, faded slowly to a covering. Good lacing. Bittersweet flavor, Grapefruit & lime kick in on the citrus, got a little of a plastic scent that I get from some IPA’s & BW’s, grass, orange, caramel. Bit brash. Medium body, creamy oily smooth mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Tasty barleywine, though flavor lost a little as it warmed and got kind ogf harsh. Aroma was also better cold. Still a nice one to have. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a ruby-copper body with a medium white soapy head. Cereal aroma with fruity, floral hops. Quite sweet and alcoholic. Tea bitterness. Not bad but a little one-dimensional and hot. bhensonb (15355) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Strong malty aroma backed by some citrus hop. Ruby toned amber color with a white head that is minimalist. Starts with a full mouthfeel, sweet darkish malt, and strong citrus hop. It’s fairly balanced, and the hop bitterness is stronger in the finish than the case with many barleywines. Not excessively complex; straight forward. Very nice sipper. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Poured a dark orange with a whitish head good lacing. Aroma was of pine hops. Flavor was of caramel and pine hops lots, hint of toffee. Not bad but also not as complex as a lot of barleywines. User37895 (3042) - - MAY 6, 2007
Pours an orange color with a nice white to off-white colored head, good retention, good lacing. Aroma was strong resinous pine notes, a touch of caramel. The flavor was tons of pine hops, firm caramel malts, some toffee, and tons of pine hops. Flavor highpoint was the non-invasiveness of the alcohol. Mouthfeel was fairly light for a barleywine, ample carbonation. Very simplistic, and overall a pretty weak (although not bad, per se) BW in my opinon.