blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Draft. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Sweet caramel malty aroma with some citric hops and a hint of brandy-like sweetness. The flavor has some toffeee/caramel sweetness, some dark fruity/brandy like notes and citric hops. Pretty good. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a dark ruby red. Nose is sweet molasses. Flavor is awesome. It’s got dark fruits and real smooth. The base is a nice bw but aged in brandy barrel really compliments this nicely. sweet but not too sweet. Hints of hops are well balanced with deep malts. A bit warming and a lot delicious. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Draught at Blind Tiger. Very dark brown amber with small white head that disappears. More fruits than bourbon style, big boozy aroma. Taste is less sweet and more bitter than bourbon style, something usually up my alley but i like the bourbon more. Something is off, too sharp-boozy if that makes sense. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at PP Carlsbad 6/12/09: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a stringy lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel malt and a touch of brandy oak complexity. Starts with good fullness and rich brown sugar and raisin complexity with a touch of sweet toffee before a warming bittersweet light fruity and warming finish. A pretty good barleywine. nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Toronado barleywine fest 2010. I am a sucker for -bal aging and Green Flash is usually pretty good, so I had to try this one. Pours mostly clear dark reddish-brown with a well-formed head and good lacing. Aroma is excellent: caramel, oak, brandy, and lots of fruits, red & white grapes especially. Flavor is also very good, fruity and woody. Caramel malts and toffee along with a well-balanced brandy element. Medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate for this style. Not at all boozy. Very solid offering overall. Highly drinkable.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Poured a deep dark mahogany with two fingers of a white creamy head.
Nose was weak, hints of brandy and vanilla, not much else.
taste is smoother than the regular barleywine, mild oak and vanilla, mild brandy, sweet booze, heavy heat, good malt backbone and faded hops. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
2007 vintage on draft at hamiltons during SDBW: pours a gleaming amber with a lasting, frothy head. Nose is mature, sweet, and creamy-like, with hints of vanilla and maple sap and a vegital raw pumpkin kick.. Mouth is nicely creamy yet a bit sticky sweet...brandy barrel-esque for sure. Aged hop residue rounds things out...just a little sticky sweet and syrupy to be entirely enjoyable. However, its very creamy and flavorful regardless. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2009
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Dark chestnut color, off-white head. Rich malt flavors, molasses, vanilla, toffee, oak, and brandy. Warming alcohol and a bitter hoppy finish. Tasty barleywine. BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
Growler from brewery. Big malty aroma with sweet brandy and wood tones. Flavor is initially rich malts with a background of piney hops, sweet molasses/brown sugar and vanilla flavors peek through a hefty brandy-alcohol heat presence. Medium-bodied, and a bit thin for the style. A tasty BA barleywine that could use some additional aging, tastes a bit fresh with some significant heat. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tap at Toronado SD. Smells like a Goose Island barrel-aged offering. Surprised this was Brandy barreled. Favor = BCS + burn - chocolate.