WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2006
2nd Anniversary Bottle 22 oz bottle # 926/6000, purchased at beverages and more soon after I moved to San Diego a Year and Half Ago. Its been sitting in my fridge ever since. After popping the top the bottle popped some bubbles and then poured smootly. Pours a nice rich amber with a mellow tan head that sits nicely on top of the brew. The nose is smokey and full of toffee and caramel. The taste is big and bold with toffee that fills the mouth. The aftertaste is quite bitter and doesn’t have that throat warming quality that I enjoy so much when it comes to barley wines. Certainly not the best barley wine I’ve had, but not the worst either, reminds me of Alpine Great. adrian910ss (2582) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 17, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark clear amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma is floral and citrusy with piney undertones. Taste is citrus hoppy with hints of pine resin,toffee and caramel. Very nice. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2006
bottle shared at the CL RB gathering. Thanks to whoever it was who brought this one. A deep amber with an off white head. Aroma is pretty big on both resiny citrus hops and malt. The taste is caramel, toffee, with citrus galore throughout, complimented nicely by a nice amount of hop bitterness. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Pours a deep amber with nice khaki head. Nice aroma! Thick caramel notes with a deep spicy hop presence. Nice body, and very hoppy for a barley wine, but it’s awesome and balanced. Perfect mesh between resiny/spicy citrus hops and sweet caramel like maltyness. Creamy body and mouthfeel. Peppery notes, earthy with a smooth dry hopped finish. Well hidden alcohol. A hoppy barley well done. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Dark murky ruby body topped by an extremely dense tan head. Lace is huge weeping sheets. The aroma is sweet toffee with citrus and earthy notes. The flavor is loaded with toffee and some caramel. Alcohol is part of the mix, as expected. A good bit of hoppiness, as one might expect from this brewer Reminds me in some ways of Bigfoot. The palate is lighter than I would have expected, making it dangerously drinkable. Good stuff.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2006
From a looks perspective this is one mighty brew. The head and lace are thick like a beige merengue. The nose is earthy, citrusy, and spicy. The palate is full of iron, earth, and bitter hops. I am glad it is 28 degrees out right now, because this is a serious cold weather brew that is very warming. I really dig this beer its very complex. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2006
From the bottle pours a dark mahogany with an off-white head. Very hoppy aroma, a blend of citrus and spicey hops. Malts were fruity and toasty with a nice chocolate flavor leading into the finish. Finish is hoppy, leaving this beer probably great to age. Cherry shows in the aftertaste and a bit of woodiness. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle #201 shared by Blake. Clear red body under a thick foamy tan head — great lacing too. Bitter, effervescent aroma. Nice velvety mouthfeel. In the flavor you’ll find brown sugar, sweet brown malt, tootsie roll chocolate, and bitter grapefruit hoppiness. A damn fine hoppy barleywine. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 GABF 2006. Listed as Barely Wine. 10%. Pours to a nice dark chestnut body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is extremely malty with lots of barleywine smells. Nice balanced hoppiness. The flavor is maple syrup, wood, nuts, barley, bright hops. Something doesn’t meld quite right, but still very good. Creamy dry palate.
Ratman197 (14978) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle #201/6000. Nicer flavor, mellow. Mmmmm.
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of wet cardboard, brown sugar and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of molasses, dark fruit and a hint of wet cardboard with a lingering dry bittersweet finish.