ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Tap at Falling Rock, CO. BW Dain Bramage world tour! Pours a hazy ruby-amber color with a decent size dense tan colored head. Initial aroma is a blast of floral hops, followed by some sweet caramel malts, maybe some molasses. Flavor is piney, sweet malt, vanilla, alcohol, grapefruit, orange. Palate is medium to full, slightly sticky, with a dry, warming finish. I thought this was darn good. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Slightly hazy deep ruby body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet floral hops aroma with a caramel background. Sweet floral hops flavor, some caramel and a dry finish SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2007
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Pours a dark reddish sepia brown with a thin beige head. Huge amounts of caramel and molasses. The bitterness is slightly off balance as it is much too pronounced in a harsh way, and not a balancing way. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 22oz bottle, 2006 bottle i think 2-4months old. poured a beautiful ruby with small tan head. nose is loaded with PNW hop flavor w/notes of fruit punch, grapefruit, kiwi, and piney. strangely the nose gets very muted with sharp citrus and phenols after a while. the malt also contributes dark fruits to the nose. malt profile is pretty simple and predictable, toasted malts, cookie, loads of caramel, chocolate, balanced nicely with a healthy bitterness, and piney hop flavor. mouthfeel is smooth and sticky, alcohol is well hidden at first but once my tongue got used to the hop bitterness i started tasting the sweet alcohol more. carbonation is low. this beer seems to get more messy as i drink it and the flaws eventually own up. but this is tasty on a 3degreeF night even if it’s nothing too special. sorta strange but i loved it at first, noticed lots of flaws in the middle, and finding it tasty again near the end.3.8. DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
11/7/08, 2 year old 22oz bottle. faded hop aroma, doughy malts, still has some vibrant carbonation but just isnt very complex. i wouldn’t age this.3.5.
Bottle from State Line. Pours turbid ruby with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy wet, piney hops, caramel malt, slight fruit and citrus. The flavor is heavily hopped, with notes of berry, caramel malt, and tangeriny citrus. Very fruity and hoppy with a rich, complex palate.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours a transparent ruby copper color with a tall, soapy head of yellow-ish tan. Very hoppy aroma with a juicy strawberry fruity malt base. A bit of gummy peach manages to peak in there too. Some spruce resins and white grapefruit rinds create a harsh hoppy edge, that along with some sharp alcohols, serves as a deterrent from an otherwise pleasant aroma. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy soft, yet well carbonated mouthfeel. Some of the fruity characters start out on the palate, mostly the strawberries, and are accompanied by a bit of dark fudgy caramel. A wave of hop destruction soon follows, transcending the malt character with a harsh ginny hop blast for a final smack. Definitely more appropriate hop usage for an IIPA, but thats just my own taste and opinion. Harekr (4) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2007 does not count
This is the Vintage 1 Pint, 6 oz. bottle. I bought it at A.J.’s on 67th Avenue in Glendale. The aroma reminds me of bread and apple butter or molasses. Nice amber color with minor sediment. The flavor is heavy and malty and just a tad bitter (not that bitter is a bad thing...) I would agree with some of the other reviewers who said it might need a little more cellar time. There is a strong grapefruit and lemony undertone. I also detected hints of chocolate. Surprising enough, this barleywine finishes rather sweetly (reminds me of Fresca). Not my favorite, but a fine barleywine nonetheless. Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2007
22oz bottle. Dark ruby/amber color with good lacing type head. Fruity aroma. Malty, mildly fruity hoppy caramel taste. Thick and chewy with smooth bitter/sweet finish. Not really that complex, just a good straight ahead barleywine. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2007
22oz bottle labeled 2nd Anniversary ale - Pours a very cloudy medium brown color with smallish light tan head. Aroma is very malty, fair amount of burnt caramel, mild herbal hops, faint tobacco and ash. Flavor is malty, lots of caramel, touch of apircot, orange, herbal hops, bit metallic. Finish has a stiff bitterness but is balanced. Overall, it’s a bit harsh and discordant, not very polished. Average at best. Would not seek out again. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 Slightly hazy and viscous dark red pour with chestnut brown hues. A thick and creamy head is very slow to recede, eventually leaving a near solid sheet of light beige lacing. It doesn’t last. Hops, juicy as hell, greet me first in the aroma. Scents of orange, grapefruit, dates and papaya. The malt backbone seems full, hopefully it can tame some of these hops. Flavor is of creamy, toasty caramel malt. Hops that ruled in the aroma are now somewhat balanced by the hefty malt bill. This is very hot but is relatively balanced for being so young and aggressively hopped. Palate is smooth but thinner than expected, or desired for that matter. A pepper note accompanies a medium length finish that is very resiny and exceedingly dry. A well done barleywine if not a little too garden-variety.