FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Sampled on draft at the Cranberry PA location this beer poured a rich red-amber color with a small khaki head. The aroma was light sweet fruity hops. The flavor was lightly sweet and a bit syrupy with light malts and a hint of fruity hops. The finish was short and bland. The mouthfeel was only moderately thick. Rather a disappointment for this style. JK (6289) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
From skyview’s growler. I liked this very much. Some hops in the aroma, but not a lot. There is also brown sugar there. The brown sugar comes out more in the flavor, along with lots of cherry and a clove finish. Good. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Picked up a single 22-oz, 2005 vintage bomber from Hereford & Hops in Wausau, Wisconsin. Shared and sampled at Cellar’s WIne & Spirits weekly beer tasting in St Paul, MN. Pours a hazy orange/brown amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a fine film top. Aroma of powdered dark caramel malt, brown sugar, plums, tart cherries, and a little herbal spice. Taste is medium to full bodied, light carbonation with flavors of chalky semi-sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, cherries, and some dried dark pitted fruits. Finish is smooth, creamy with a slight cherry and caramel aftertaste. The two years of aging has done some good to this aged barley wine. Quite excellent. cheap (6085) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 On tap at the Cranberry H&H near Pittsburgh PA. Pour is just a little darker than your typical pale yellow beer, maybe even a bit orange. Has a cramy white head and I don’t really notice too much strong barleywine aroma as with many other barleywines I’ve tasted. Taste is initially very strong with a high alky impact. I am not dissapointed, just like any other barleywine impact. Seems to have a strong alky personality that is in your face, again as expected for a barleywine. The head eventually fades to a slight froth. The taste is bitter, probably due to the alky content. In the description it says that 50 pounds of brown suger is added during the brew. I guess most of these barley wines must add sugar to get the desired effects. Very bitter alky offnsive finish. Barleywines are just too strong for my girlie taste buds. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - APR 27, 2017
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a semi-rugged dark copper almost brown color with a quickly dissipating half finger’s worth of white foamy head. Light spotty lace.
The aroma had some black cherries, light toffee, some caramel, burnt toast, grassy hops and a light cereal/grainy sweetness at the end.
The flavor seemed to center around the previously mentioned aromas fairly sweet with a touch of some herbal quality coming in right before the aftertaste and then sliding into the finish, light sort of leathery tone here.
The feel was alright, a bit more prickly carbonation hitting than expected. Sweetness seemed controlled fairly nice by this. ABV felt under as projected by the brewer (this was had fairly fresh at the time).
Overall, not so sure about this one. I was told I had a fresh bottle too.
badgerben (5324) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2008
2005 Vintage; Bottle. Many thanks to Skyview for this one. Murky brown color with no head. Powerful aroma of brown sugar and spiced malt. Great flavors of plum, cherry and dark fruits. Brown sugar and a strong sweet malt. Finished off with just a bit of oak and vanilla. Killer. Based on the ratings, this one obviously needs to sit for a year or two. Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
On tap. Honey sweet aroma, with cherry-almond biscuit notes and Graham cracker. No hops. Golden-orange clear with off-white head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts sweet with big malty profile and some Graham cracker taste. Light drying hops toward the finish, mild alcohol warming, and dry nutty after. Decent ale but not very complex. Good balance of malt and bitter, though KAF (2773) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2008
I don’t know how the rankings for this are so poor?! Did people open their bottles too soon? Anyway...Bottle courtesy of Skyview. Light brown in color with a thin whitish head. Aroma of prune and brown sugar. Taste is very nice and filled with various dark fruits (prune, cherry etc.) and molasses or brown sugar. BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
This was good. Thanks to Skyview for Sharing. Massive toffee on the very sweet nose. Hazy amber body with faint head. Light body cinnamon and spice, almost like what one would add to a christmas cider. dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
12/27/07 - Winter Road Trip ’07 - Draft sample at brewpub. Amber/orange w/ little head. Big malty nose. Very sweet, big on alcohol and caramel, some spice. Lacks complexity. Eh. Not bad. Hot, no body, carbed up. Eh.