hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Handbottle from hopdog. Thanks Steve for sending this one my way. Dark copper color with good carbonation, considering the storage method. Bubbly and lacy. Sweet and yet funky aroma with buttery cheese notes and an acetic tartness above the oak. Interesting and complex for a barley wine style. Even more complexity in the flavor. I had an extremely difficult time figuring this one out. Very enjoyable. Mildly bitter with sweet malt, notes of medicinal cherry and a bit of barnyard and hay. Ends with a bit of biscuit, backed up by warming alcohol and oak wood. Interesting for sure. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
AlohaC’s tasting. How many thanks to WeeHeavy? Great dark color. Smells sweet and yummy. Smells warm and alcoholy. Taste is sweet and full. Liked this one too. ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2008
12oz handbottle from Weeheavy.....can’t see how this is a barleywine but not bad lots of malt sweetness and interesting mouthfeel.....from the oak wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
12oz handbottle from WeeHeavy (via BrianK). Nice blend of sweet and background acidity. Some buttery oakiness. Certainly not sour. A little feet in the aroma. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2008
12oz handbottle that briank sent me and I brought to the sd holiday tasting. There was major debate about this beer, we all liked it but werent sure if it should really be called a barleywine. Pours copper with a nice bubbly tan head. Nose is sweet and quite rich. Taste is super smooth, rich sweet, with a nice warming feeling, pretty damn tasty, woody BW. Id say a damn nice old ale.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
12 oz hand bottle thanks to toncatcher for bringing. Sour aromas that were good but flavor was a little off with vinegar up front and a very dry finish. A Barley Wine? ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Handbottle by hopdog. Thanks Steve! Aroma is funky, moldy wood which is very soothing. Flavor is of smooth lambic, vanilla... and thats kind of it. The barley wine is lost on me. Such an interesting creation though. I wish I could rate the CONCEPT of a beer. Also wish there was more vanilla. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Growler at miketds house
** Summary ** - Another treat at the tasting this one came fresh from the state of Pennsylvania. By now I have had so many barrel aged beers that it takes something special to stand out. This one does a great job but I think the sourness will take more time to develop.
** Aroma / Appearance ** - Thin and filmy the body is opaque with a deep brown hue. Vanilla, cinnamon, oaky, and sweetness blend together with a residual funkiness like a young lambic.
** Flavor / Palate ** - Stale cheese, horseblanket and barley create a very unusual flavor profile for what should be a barrel aged barleywine. Bone dry at the end it soothes the throat with the chewy thick taste. I could not imagine drinking much of this as it would get to you but a little bit was a nice treat. adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 18, 2008
# 1100. On draft at the Wilmington release party the night the PHILLIES WON !!! Pours a dark hazy amber caramel with a small beige head. Aroma of rotting oak, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit with a hint of funk. Taste of oak wood, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, hops and funk. This one is amazing, but too much of it will get you sick. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Much, much thanks to axilla for opening up this growler at The Sly Fox IPA event...
Appears a hazy, dark mahogany with a small, off white cap that never fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of rubber, ripe fruit, caramel, toasted nuts, vanilla, funk. Wow.
Taste is of sweet, funky fruit, caramel, cashews, almonds, brown sugar, vanilla. Jesus...complex isnt even the word here. This is fucking great stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, funky, rubbery, fruit filled, with vanillins coming through. Palate coating.
Holy Christ in Heaven. This is really outrageous stuff that everyone needs to try.
It is almost like being able to have a super power for a few minutes because your senses are overwhelmed with goodness.