douglas88 (9789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2011
750 ml bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a reddish brown color, fairly opaque, with a medium beige head. A sweet fruity caramel nose, some yeast. The flavor is a well made smooth caramel dominated flavor, some sweet hops, dry, fruity and light yeast. Very nice, clean and tasty. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Big thanks to GMCC2181 for hooking me up with this 2004 vintage that pours hazy copper with thin tan head. The aroma is thick and yum with dark fruity richness of aged and blended dates, raisins, figs and prunes all rolling into molasses and smooth rich sweet malts. A big draw brings up some mild booze. The taste is smooth blended rich flavored yum. I get sweet malts, sugar stewed cherries and raisins, dates and plums to start. It then moves into notes of molasses mixing with a mild tingle of carbonation enhanced booze that thins things out a bit into the finish. It also becomes a touch dryer too as a note of mild roastiness comes to the surface. Sledutah (7977) - Utah, USA - FEB 13, 2011
750ml bottle shared by Doug, thank man egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Appearance: Hazy amber with a huge off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, sugar and spices
Taste: Sweet caramel malts, grassy, citrus and earthy
An OK barley wine, very sweet.
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Poured a hazy, brownish red color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of strawberries, caramel malt, light vanilla, pine, cirus, and dark, dried fruits, and a pleasant floral hoppiness as well. Taste of sweet malts, sherry, dark fruits, spicy hops, grapefruit, and strong alcohol in the finish. Boutip (6628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention. Aroma consists of light caramel malt with some and some bitter hops notes. Taste is also a mix of light caramel malt with some bitter tasting hops. Body is about average with good carbonation and alcohol is not overly prominent. Not bad but I’m not the biggest fan of American style barleywine and this one appeared to be a bit tired.
dmac (6574) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle shared at the UFC 100 gathering, sorry forgot who broght this one my bad. Poured a murky brwon with a small whiteish head but hey it’s a BW so what more do you really expect? Aroma was on the bland side with some notes of chocolate, orange citrusy hops and rye bread. Flavor was a bit stronger on the chocolate malts complimented nicely by the orange citrusy hops. Body was nicely done with a medium mouthfeel some soft to average carbonation and a creamy finish. Very drinkable but the aroma was sort of a let down, perhaps to cold and needed to warm up or perhaps to late at night and I needed to sober up. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
In short: A self-proclaimed Barley Wine that is in fact a grassy and citrusy Double IPA with a weird pine-tree character.Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2009
How: Bottle 750ml. Exact age unknown but consumed only a few weeks after receiving the bottle from rgtravers. Thanks a lot Ryan.
The look: Initially clear (gets cloudy last 1/3 of the bottle) golden amber body topped by a large beige head with medium retention
In long: The nose is mainly hoppy, this smells like an IPA (not even a Double IPA). Aroma of citrus fruits, grass and a bit of Pine-Sol™. Taste has caramel, lots of grass, citrus fruits, little tree air freshener, light notes of cardboard/oxidation. The body was a bit viscous/oily but mainly because of the extra smooth carbonation (too smooth). Sweetness was not a factor here with the hops that take over in the finish. No alcohol either. The beer had a lot going for it but also had a few downfalls especially with the pine-tree component that was like Pine-Sol™ or little tree air freshener. This beer had the potential to be a superb citrusy barley wine but at the end was “only very good”. I bet the infamous Sasquatch likes to be called Sasquatch, because his other name Bigfoot just highlights the fact that nobody is impressed by the size of his dick.
750 ml bottle shared by Miketd at CPLYFO 09. Pours a hazy amber with a nice lasting white head. Aroma is spicy and citrusy hops with a nice fruity ester hint- oak is moderate- some vanilla and sweet malts. Big fruity esters and sweetness in the flavor almost cover up the oak and vanilla- tons of citrus and orange- zesty hops, some pine and grass. Earthy leathery and oaky dry finish with a slight lingering brown sugar and toffee note. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of hops, malts, and light pine. I think my nose is not working properly. Poured orange/deep amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Very hazy. Sparkling. Lightly sweet, and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, slight brown sugar, light caramel, slight chocolate, malts, slight dark ripe fruit, light pine, light wood, and a hint of earthiness. Slightly viscous texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, light medium bitter, light caramel, hops, and light wood finish has a hint of stickiness. 9.6%ABV is undetectable. GRM (4239) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.3 ounces, from Luc Bourbonnière, with Louise and Luc, savoured on September 13 2013; eye: orangey, hazy, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: malt, caramel, fruity, light alcohol, lightly tired, light basement; mouth: malt, caramel, fruity, light alcohol, lightly tired, light basement, sourish, malty finale with light fruity presence, medium body, average carbonation, lightly bitter, lightly harsh texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,3 onces, de Luc Bourbonnière, avec Louise et Luc, savourée le 13 septembre 2013; œil : orangée, voilée, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, fruité, léger alcool, légèrement fatiguée, léger cave; bouche : malt, caramel, fruité, léger alcool, légèrement fatiguée, léger cave, aigrelet, finale maltée avec légère présence fruitée, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement amère, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : correct