GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Bottle. 2003 vintage. Poured a nearly opaque dark brown color with red highlights. The head consisted of a few soap bubbles and fizzled out pretty quickly. Nice aroma of dark fruits, anise, and light roasty malt, toffee, fruitcake, chocolate, and a bit of rum. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with lowish carbonation. Tasted of toffee, date, and citrus liqueur. Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Dark mahogany pour, small beige head. Smells of sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, wood, grassy hops. Sticky toffee flavors with brown sugar, more vanilla, toast, a strong bitter finishing hit of grassy, earthy, slightly astringent hops. Didn’t care a lot for the finish: I found the hops to not meld too well with the sweeter flavors. I feel like this one might be better given a little age. mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
12 oz. bottle, pours dark brown/black with a reddish tint. Aroma of dark dried fruits, prominent molasses, and roasted / burnt caramel. Flavour of toffee, caramel, molasses with the roastiness and burnt flavours lingering. Excellent barley wine. MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
2004 bottle sampled August 2010. This barleywine has definitely lost it’s mojo. I would expect a 6 year old 9% ABV barleywine to hold up a bit better. Taste is decent but it’s flat flat flat. Barely any head mostly because I dumped the whole bottle in a glass. Caramel syrup, banana and roasty malt flavors. If you have any 2006 in your cellar, drink it now. blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
2007 bottle, via trade with scrizz, pecan shell brown pour with thin foam ring, fruit and maple syrup aroma, flavors of maple syrup, leathery, oak, sweet finish
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Many vintages have been sampled. A tasty beverage, and a great BW for something year round. Aged and mellow it’s quite nice as well. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Rudyard’s Rare Barleywine Style Ale--Special Limited Edition Release.
December 2000--Signed 12 oz. Bottle. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Hazy mild sediment dark brown color. Spicy malty mellow hop front. Smooth rich mellow sweet toasted caramel fruit ester body. Tangy malty clean mild hot EtOH hop citrus end. Good. Sampled 3/31/2005.
December 2001 12 oz. Bottle. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Purchased 12/19/2001. Mild head. Slightly bottle conditioned hazy brown red color. Malty smooth floral hop front. Smooth mellow malty toasted toffee caramel sweet fruit body. Malty smooth mild hot EtOH hop end. Sampled 4/4/2005.
2002 12 oz. Bottle. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Hazy dark brown red color. Smoky mild toasted malt floral hop front. Clean smooth mellow sweet toasted smoky toffee mild fruit body. Cloying creamy crusty mild EtOH hop end. Mellow. Sampled 4/2/2005.
2004 Signed 12 oz. Bottle. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Hazy bottle conditioned dark opaque red brown color. Floral toasted fruit mild hop front. Rich Smooth complex mild creamy sweet toasted toffee ester fruit malty body. Spicy mellow hop nutmeg malt spice end. Sampled 12/25/2004.
December 2005 12 oz. Bottle Release. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Mild lace head. Clear rich dark amber color. Rich malty floral hop front. Creamy rich malty toasted mild sweet hot caramel toffee body. Tangy mild hot hop EtOH end. Rich & hoppy.Imperial Red Ale. Not too malty. Sampled 2/14/2006.
December 2006 12 oz. Bottle Release. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBU’s. (3.75 / 5.0) No sediment. Thin mild lace head. Cloudy opaque dark amber brown color. Mild toasted fruit hop front. Tangy creamy sweet tart toasted citrus caramel body. Tangy EtOH mild hop end. Mellow sweet Barley Wine. Sampled 5/22/2007.
December 2007 12 oz. Bottle Release. 9.20% ABV. 63 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin lacy off white tan head. Sediment hint. Clear dark bronze red color. Smoky toasted fig toffee plum hop front. Smooth hint of creamy mellow sweet rich toffee cheery raisin body. Mild hop roasted crusty toffee malt spice end. Smoky hints. Nicer than I remember. Sampled 8/4/2008. 3 @ $2.29 Each. xmarcnolanx (940) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2010
2007 bottle from Scrizzz. Consumed 4/14/2010
Aroma is dates, brown sugar, oxidation, sweet caramel/honey.There is also a slight medicinal aroma to the beer, and possibly some fruit.
Pours a dense, deep brown with little/no head.
Taste is initially very similar to the aromatics. Sweet, brown sugar, oxidation, and a medicinal honey/caramel, but the back end is loaded with toasted biscuit, and bitter, earthy hops. The hops are almost a distraction as they are strictly bittering, and add no aromatic qualities- at least to my perception.
Finishes sweet, but also bitter and slightly toasted.
Decent. DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2010
Dark, thin head. Really interesting, intriguing aroma. Flavor is more ordinary, malty with bitterness. A bit of a mixed bag. JaBier (8156) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2010
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Cloudy brown pour with a medium tan head. Caramel malt flavor with hops and some grainy sweetness. Grainy malt flavor with caramel character before a semi-bitter finish.