Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
Creamy off-white head mounts the dark amber hue to remain there. Potent caramel flavors come from the developped maltiness. Biscuity, toffeeish undertones accompany the orangey and floral hops on first level, but the 2nd level is the affair of the formidable peachy, banana and apricot fruits of the great english barleywines. Smokey in its finish, long, strong, heady and sweet. Medium to full bodied, slow carbonation. Its sheer complexity and fitting mouthfeel put it among the numerous good examples. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
A nice brown color w/ a small tan head and some nice lacing. Rich syruppy carmel smell w/ some nice grass hop. Rich full creamy palate. Flavor is a sweet carmel and toffee front finished w/ a nice dry bitter. Good beer. egajdzis (6588) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 2004 sampled Wilmington 3/05... Poured a dark amber color with a small, of white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of carmel malt, port, raisins, citrus hoppiness, and a touch of alcohol. Still rather young, the dried fruits, grapefruit hops, and sweet caramel dominated, alcohol is also pretty hot. Decent now, but at 3 yrs old, this can compete with some of the best barleywines out there. Look for bottles of this soon! PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Media, March 4, 2005: Super impressed by this brew. From presentation in the glass to the aroma and flavor this beer showed up extremely well. I’m becoming more and more a fan of barleywines and this is one of the reasons for it. Took home some on a growler and got wasted within 2 thanks to it being 10%ABV. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Wilmington. Pours a deep garnet with little head. Aroma is very malty and fruity, like sweet dark berries. Flavor much of the same, a big sticky maltiness with a subtle hop profile lingering in the background and finish. Excellent!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
GABF 2004 bottled sample for judging: Clean and clear light copper with a lacey white head. Fresh English hoppy aroma and a touch of sweet caramel malt. Body is pretty thin for a barleywine with only mild sweetness and not too much hop balance. Finish is also thin. (7, 4, 7, 3, 14)...
GABF 2004 Bourbon Barrel Aged: Cloudy dark copper color with an off-white head. Aroma is a subtle mix of vanilla and caramel malt, but is not very pronounced. Starts rich and caramely sweet with lots of oaky vanilla flavor and a dry vanilla bean finish with some warming alcohol. A nice, complex barrel-aged brew. (7, 4, 8, 4, 15) Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
One of the Top 5 beers I had at GABF. I do know that some of the "buzz" that was created at the fest about Iron Hill, was by me. I was camped out trying all 15 beers a few times over the sessions. This stuff was candy sweet, unlike anything I’ve tasted with huge vanilla and caramel flavors. I could have drank this all night. Freakin awesome. BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Had on draft @ Media, PA location. Tried this with their RIS, and IIPA so my palate was somewhat tanted from the other beers. Cooper/red in color with somewhat cloudy appearance. Aroma is fruity, malty and some hops. Nice full body followed by warming characteristics. Not a bad barleywine.