riversideAK (6260) - 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 (13029) - 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 (1468) - Bedford, 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 (7549) - 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 (2703) - 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 (1810) - 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! Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Pours a clear dark brown with chestnut brown hues. Aroma of caramel,prunes and raisins. Flavor is malty with burnt caramel,citrus and pine notes decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Thanks to Illinismitty for sharing this one at the Nashville Tasting. A mahogony pour with a gooy lacing. A light raisiny aroma. A smooth even palate with a touch of hops. Its not bad but it seemed a bit harsh to me for only 10%. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2007
At the 2nd Annual Hell With The Lid Off Barley Wine Festival at Kelly’s Bar in East Liberty, Pittsburgh. Although this is not the typical barley wine, I quite like it. Hazy ruby, good sized off white head---unusual for a barley wine. Aroma is citrus, floral, nice hops. Flavor is hops, fruit (plum, pear, kiwi), malt, herbal.