AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Absolutely gorgeous! Pours with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. Wonderful sweet malty nose, with a somewhat murky dark amber color. The flavors mostly comes across as sweet malts, with barely enough hops to keep it from being cloying. It does leave a slight thickness at the back of the throat, and a tiny amount of alcohol burn, but its candy-like body defeats the contending flavors. I’m a big fan of barelywine/old ale/strong ales...so this really hit the spot for me. I got two bottles, one for this rating, and one to age, and am considering a case for my annual Christmas gathering. Very very nice! beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2006
So sad to see this brewery go under, this brew was another great example of their beers. Pours dark orange with a strong off-white head. Very sweet and bold aroma, fig, chocolate, wood, rum, caramel, and hops. The malt character just goes through the spectrum as you drink and it warms. This was pre-aged for a year before it was released and aged so well and would continue to do so, still has the hops to age more. demolayfire (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Its a damn shame that this is the last Hawks beer to be released, but at least they’re going out with a bang. Easily one of my favorite barleywines. The color was really the only thing amber about it. The ABV was noticeable but didn’t interfere with this beers drinkability and will probably mellow a bit with time. Perfectly sweet balanced by a generous hop profile. If I was still in college and this beer wasn’t so savory I might be tempted to pound it. I will definitely be squirreling away as much of this as I can. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a short-lived head. Aroma has a sweet oakiness, some hops, pit fruit, a little whiff of alcohol. The palate is just about perfect for a barleywine. Carbonation is present, but does not get in the way when drinking. Taste has a slight sharpness yielding to sweet and finshes with a lingering warmth and bitterness. Very, very good. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Pours brown/amber, with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, hops, and fruit. Flavor is caramel, malt, fruit, and hops. Body is a little thinner than expected, but it doesn’t really take away from it. It’s sad to see Hawks no longer in business. Thanks Ezra, for this bottle.
TAR (2761) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Eclipsed apricot. Thick and rocky dollop of dirty-white foam. Estery aromas are comprised of rhubarb, candied pineapple, and dried strawberries. Maple sugar and soft bready malt whispers. Natural fluffy carbonation gently massages the palate. Delicate drop of acidity is greeted by a moist hint of tobacco, initially. Slickly fruity esters fend off a large portion of the malt richness, but the malts do manage to generate a roasty edge of dryness. Thickset cake-malt foundation. Hops become much more apparent as it approaches room temperature and possess an abundance of soft juiciness which suppresses any overt hop brashness that might try to interfere. Alcohol is felt, but isn’t the least bit discernable in the flavor and only lightly so in the aroma. Finishes peachy, sappy, and continually fruity/estery, with an accompanying kiss of lightly coarse hop bitterness which cuts and complements the doughy yeast and chewy malts. The nuances (particularly in the flavor dept.) really begin to sparkle at room temp. This is a wonderfully different take on this often predictably boring style. Aroma is a bit yeasty but, man, there’s no denying that Hawk’s has mastered the art of head retention, mouthfeel, and balance. These guys will certainly be missed. Best of luck to all of you and thanks for all the great memories! Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2006
KP’s Fest. THanks to Jay I think. Pours a bright deep amber with a thin lasting light beige head. Aroma is sweet thick sharp caramel malts, light citrusy hops and some fruity esters mixing with some alcohol heat. Caramel and toffee sweetness with a good amount of hops, fruity- light apple, raisin etc. Very nice on the palate and has a long smooth sweet finish. Good BW. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Rusted orange, thin white head. Nose was rich with notes of brown sugar, molasses, carmelized pineapple, and guava, with a very soft bourbon cream wood tone. Flavor is less intense but nice none the less with notes of caramel, and tropical fruit, with faint underlying hop tones of citrus and earth. Very well rounded from start to finish. Light to medium bodied, very soft carbonation, light bittersweet finish. If not for the thinner body, this would have been a top biller. Either way, glad to have tried this warming brew on this cold Baltimore evening.... CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle shared on 8/16/06 by TheBeerCellar2: Pours a clear copper brown with a thin-lacing wispy off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and a touch of piny hops. Body starts with a sweet viscous caramel maltiness, a hint of raisins and brown sugar and a nicely-balanced, bittersweet, mildly warming finish. A good barleywine. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2008
10th Beer of the Beer Spot Tasting Sunday March 30th, 2008. Bomber I brought, came to me via trade, samuraiartist perhaps? Vintage unknown for sure. Pours deep amber, bubbly. Taste is sweet with a brandy character, and caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel, chewy, malty, very nice, an little oxidation has taken place, but its adamn good brew.