rocbyter (2124) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Malty aroma. Clear red orange color and a small white head. Moderate sweet beginning with a mellow finish. mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2011
12 oz bottle from a 4 pack. Pours a red/orange color with a thin white head. Heavy sweet malty aroma with a hint of pine hops in the back of your nose. Moderately heavy palate with a warming sensation. Low, low carbonation. Almost nonexistent. Sweet caramel flavor backed by pine and citrus hops. Alcohol is present in every sip. Pretty good, although a little less than I expectd. Triticus was better. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2011
A bit of a disappointment. Poured a nice amber-red color with a quickly fading white head. Looked to be very thin and watery. Aroma had a nice sweetness, some brown sugar and some caramel. Hops were decent, but not assertive enough. Hints of vanilla were present. Flavor showcased more of the sweet malts then anything else. Hops were mildly bitter and the alcohol seamed well hidden. Overall body seemed light. SanfordBrewer (1576) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Translucent dark copper, part dense and part bubbly beige head, both creamy and resinous full body, medium-high carbonation.bth122 (1568) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Aroma: caramel sweet roasted malt, bready yeast, silage, and leafy hops.
Taste: silage, leafy hops, alcohol, bready yeast, sweet roasty malt, and a bit of carbonic acid.
Really needs to be cellared for a year or two, then would probably be really nice. All the flavors of a great barleywine are there, but are young and slightly harsh, and not really getting along yet. To analogize, a bunch of great players but no teamwork yet.
Bottle, poured a copper red color with smaller head that dissipated a bit. Aroma is malt,hop, dark fruit, candy flavored. Med-lite sweetness and bitterness. Malty backbone with a bit of bitterness finish. Not bad, but there is better barley wines out there for sure.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 22, 2011
A - Pours a clear orange-red color with a finer of off-white head. The head fades down to a thick ring around the glass, leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is full of rich roasted caramel malts and some dark fruit sweetness. There is also just a touch of booze and bread.
T - Starts off with a mix of deep roasted caramel malts and some dark fruit sweetness. Just a hint of hops in the background. Through the middle, some sweeter fruit flavors come through alongside some bread flavor. The finish is a blend of dark fruit, some sweet malt, and just a touch of alcohol flavor that lingers nicely.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-low amount or carbonation. Has an almost syrupy feel to it. The finish has a bit of a dryness to it which is really nice.
D - Pretty drinkable, especially considering the 10% abv. The hops are a nice surprise. The overall flavors are nicely balanced and develop nicely, especially as the beer warms up a bit. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Sinister scents of medicinal booze-soaked fruit and breads. Deep amber orange. Some suspension - guess the age at two years. Taste is semisweet chalk and alcohol burn. Heavy syrupy stuff here. Had this at a now closed joint in NH for the first time two years ago, for $3. Costs at least that in the store down this way. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Aged 2 years (2010 vintage): The very first thing I noticed about this beer was how well the aroma survived over the period of two years. Its sweetness was noticeable from the mouth of the bottle even before I poured it. Once it’s in the glass, it’s color is a soft, dark orange and its head is off-white, still well-formed after aging. Carbonation is still present, but light and still enough to liven up this (no doubt) sweet and alcoholic brew. Its aroma is very nice. The sweetness of crystal malts, light alcohol, and floral, earthy hops dominate the nose, and has held up to the years pretty well. It’s smooth and just a little mellow - there’s no doubt this beer could easily survive at least four years in the cellar before dropping off a cliff. In the mouth, it’s less sweet and more mellow, with alcohol taking the stage - so much so that it almost feels like a liquor in the mouth. Don’t let me fool you, though, it’s still a sweet, tasty brew. At finish, there’s a sensation in the throat that’s almost unpleasant, leading to a dry, fruity white wine-like lingering flavor in the cheeks - but with an odd bitterness. I’m not sure if additional aging would help this phenomenon, but I’d be willing to find out. Overall, it has a tease of classy smoothness, but still has some awkwardness to it - and I can’t tell if under or over-aging is to blame. Still, a heck of a good beer and much better aged than straight off the shelves. VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle/12oz - Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a small off white head that produced some small amount of lacing on the glass. Low carbonation. Aroma is quite malty and slightly sweet with a small amount of hops. Flavor is also a little sweet, but the hop bitterness does almost balance that out. Lingering bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and not really a part of the flavor profile. Does produce some tummy warming though. A reasonably good BW... Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 16, 2011
THOUGHTS: A very nice barley wine that hid its bit ABV fairly well. I don’t understand all the lower scores. The alcohol built up as it warmed, but never became harsh.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark amber-red with an average; off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had heavy grain, cereal, toasted malt, molasses, caramel and candy; light to moderate resin, pine and peachy hops; raisin; prune; apple; cherry; brown sugar; a little maple syrup; alcohol; and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was rather to heavily sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was heavily to almost harshly sweet and moderate to rather bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, earthy and herbal hops, pine hops, peach, apple, cherry, grain, some resinous hops and hints of chocolate. The medium to full body was fairly oily and then a little dry with fairly soft, yet tingly carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish.