carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2007
pours a dark amber with a nice head. has a fresh sweet grassy aroma, very not barley wine... but nice. mouth is sweet and malty with some fuityness that is overtaken with a big floral hop. way over hopped for a barley wine, but i like it. it is like a barley wine for hop heads. pleasantly different burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
This had a small head.dark murky brown.Aroma was somewhat inviting of sweet caramel and biting green apple tart.It has a heavy body and malt taste.Very much a barley wine.I am not a big barley wine fan,so i didn’t enjoy this beer .The barley wine flavor is very strong.Kind of medicine taste,with a sweet caramel topper.Hard for me to drink this,as it is a heavy tasting beer. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottled as 2nd Anniversary Ale, number 4884/6000. Murky, opaque mahogany body with a sturdy tan head and sticky patch lace. Aroma is toffee, caramel, burnt brown sugar, and dark fruits. Creamy body is almost full bodied. Taste has some roast, dark fruits, molasses, grapefruit and pine hops and alcohol warming. More like a Belgian strong dark ale with serious hops bittering than a barleywine. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Aroma of sweet malt, some hoppiness, and some alcohol. A nice mahogany color. Man is this hoppy. Really not too balanced. Some sweet fruitiness, but a ton of hops. This is pretty much an IIPA. The beer has a lot of gumption. It attacks the palate. Fan - fucking - tastic! Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Pretty deep amber with a hint of ruby, good head. Aroma of toffee and boiled grapefruit. Flavor was a significant load of toffee malts with a bitter, almost acrid, sour grapefruit hop finish. The individual components weren’t bad in and of themselves, but ultimately the toffee and grapefruit did not hang well with each other. Muddled.
bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, banana bread, caramel, and spices. Flavor of hops, bready malt, fruitiness, cocoa, and toffee with a somewhat bitter, dry finish. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Beer pours clear red amber color with a very large, totally retained beige colored head. Aroma is significantely piney, hoppy, also some caramel, faint licorice. The flavor is also rather greenly hoppy, with some nice malt caramel sweetness, but just a bit. A very hop forward barleywine, which is just fine by me. jonas (8035) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy brown, nice creamy golden head. Fairly citrussy, some licorice. Dry herbal, citrus, caramel, anis. Medium foamy body. Very interresting. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
22oz bottle, no date. How can I age this to see how each vintage evolves if I don’t know the friggin’ date? Pours a clear ruby brown with a two finger slowly fading beige head. When I first popped the cap all I could smell was tangerine and pineapple--not so much like a barleywine as an IIPA (reminded me of the hopslam I had earlier today). In my glass I also was able to get some raisins, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, and some alcohol. A very hoppy barleywine so far. Flavor has extremely hopped up tangerine, pineapple, and pine with toffee, caramel, and raisins comprising the malt backbone. This is still fairly lopsided with hops and bitterness. However, English Barleywines are usually ungodly sweet, so I’m not taking sides. Dry finish with some alcohol noted. Full body, not necessarily thick though. Carbonation is soft and moderate. This seems a lot like a IIPA (as far as I’m concerned) with a darker malt backbone. Green Flash knows their hops pretty well, and look forward to trying some more of their beers. BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Thanks to illinismitty for sharing this bottle with us at the Nashville Tasting! Poured dark amber with a frothy off-white head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is very hoppy for a barley with some floral and some alcohol present. The flavor found a nice mixture of hop and malts that leaves a moderate bitterness throughout. Medium to full body. Definitely an American Barley!