egajdzis (6581) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Murky red brown color with a small, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, light oxidation, pine, vanilla, and some alcohol. Taste of nice dried fruits, raisins, caramel, light vanilla, tobacco and oxidation / lt alcohol finish. improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle. Well over a year old (sticker says it was brewed 03/12/12). Pours a dark cloudy brown with minimal tan head. Low carbonation. Very complex aroma with brandy, figs, licorice, and brown sugar. You can really taste the alcohol, this is a strong one. Flavor is pretty malty, with dark fruits and a bit of sourness. Very heavy. This is not my normal style, but it’s good stuff. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2008
12oz bottle. Slightly cloudy amber with big head. Really smooth with big kick of grapefruit hops and sweet malt. Fantastic balance and the hops just pop out. Not overly bitter. Love it. Light for 9.3%. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Rachel, who brought this back from Washington for me. This is my fifth of the Sampler Six she bought for me, and I’ve been very impressed so far. This barleywine is probably the best of the lot, too. Pours clear medium "old gold" to copper, medium off-white head, which is again quite persistent and laces beautifully. Whatever else Ice Harbor might do as a brewery, they make bloody marvelous looking beers. Nose is right up there with some really top-flight younger barleywines I’ve had, complex, spicy, citrus hops, fudgy cocoa notes, caramel, red fruits, pipe tobacco, licorice, both red and black, some earthiness, cedar, some notes I can only describe as "of the Orient" here too. Flavours aren’t quite a match for the nose, but few things are. Flavours are "darker" than the nose, more molasses and raisins, brandy, marmalade, slight red candy note, but more tubas notes here that trumpet... A very classic American-style barleywine, I really must source some of this to age. Had this after the well-made though unimpressive Kolsch, and it was very much a horse of a different colour. Startlingly good, especially considering the very pedestrian packaging. gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle, courtesy fishingnet. Hazy amber copper pour, thin lacing and smallish head. Some caramel and sharp dry grain, some vanilla, and slight heat. Flavor is very smooth, with caramel, cocoa, some vanilla, and slight port-like qualities. Very yummy. Balanced and medium-bodied.
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber amber with a pretty decent fluffy head. Aromas of sweet toasty malts and floral and grapefruit hops. I don’t know how old this one is, but the hops here are rather strong for the style. Lots of grapefruit and floral notes in the flavor with a good dose of bitterness as well as toasty bready sweetness as balance. This drank very well for the ABV too. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
Thanks fishingnet for the share. Pours hazy orange amber with a white head. Nose is malt, caramel, sugar, honey, floral hops, booze, and I swear I get some vanilla. Flavor is caramel, honey, malt, floral hops, pine hops, and some nice sweetness. Enjoyable medium to full-bodied beer with lingering sweetness.
Very good. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2009
12oz Bottle – Ice Harbor Brewing – Kennewick, WASuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Aroma: Big malt aroma lots of sweetness and alcohol.
Appearance: Amber in color, clear with a light head.
Flavor: Big malt flavors with light spice and tons of alcohol flavor. Very big beer.
Palate: Dry with a smooth alcohol finish.
Overall: Big barley wine flavor. This was a great beer.
12 oz. bottle - picked up at the stumbling monk; copper with slight haze and lots of carbonation; white head fades but leaves some lacing; aromas of hops, sugar and alcohol; drinks crisp to a dry finish; malty backbone and not as much hops flavor given the aromas