BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
Sparky27...Thanks for a chance to taste a brew with only 10 ratings!!! Hellbilly...thanks for the Phoenix Tasting!!! Always a good thing to get those passionate about beer together!!! Gem quality garnet with eggshell foam. Hoppier than expected given the style...also lower ABV than typical in a barley wine. Age will benefit this tremendously. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Another big IH 750ml bottle courtesy of Swolf3. Poured dark brown, with a tan head. Dry aroma, dried fruit as well. Very luxurious flavor, just permeates the tastebuds. Very enjoyable. Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle coutsey of Sparky27 at hellbilly’s. Nutty caramel aroma. Murky brown with average head. Got mostly just a caramel flavor and some dried fruits and maybe some wood taste in there. One of those odd brews to figure out but glad I got a chance to try it. adrian910ss (2574) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUN 23, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a muddy brown caramel with a thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, tangy citrus and grassy hops. Taste of tangy citrus with a strong caramel malty presence. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
Sampled at the Hellbilly Phoenix tasting (4/13/08). 2005 vintage bottle from me courtesy of GMCC2181. Thanks Gabe. Pours a clear amber color with a decent beige head. Nose is malt, citrus and pine hops with slight alcohol. Palate is hoppier than I expected with sweet malt, dark fruits like plum and raisins. Slight alcohol bite in the finish. Reminds me a little of Big Foot as others have suggested, though not as good. I winder what this was like when first bottled - the hops must have been really strong.
ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 18, 2013
On tap at IH Wilmington. Poured a hazy deep copper color with rusty reddish highlights and more than a finger of creamy beige head. Extremely sweet and malty nose with a hefty waft of caramel candy. Some earthy hops emerge in the back, as well as warm alcohol notes. The taste is smooth blended rich flavors, with sweet malts, sugar stewed cherries and raisins, dates and plums to start. Followed by notes of molasses mixing with a mild tingle of booze that thins things out a bit into the finish. Big and sticky, moderate carbonation.
closey22 (1945) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Thick, rocky, tan head & red/amber hazy; perfect aroma per style, blend of malt, hops, and alcohol; flava is complex blend of acidic sweetness(blackberries) and dry/spicy hoppiness; feels medium bodied but very foamy on the tongue(which I like-some may not) that leaves my tongue tingling; finishes dry & sweet, leaving the tongue wanting more, and more.
This is one of the top barleywines I’ve ever tasted. And I haven’t rated all of them on this website. I’ve drank a lot more than are recorded here. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2008
Sampled at the Hellbilly tasting. Thank you Sparky27! Dark red-brown pour and foamy tan head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Fruity caramel flavor with some hoopy bitterness on the finish. Interesting! mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Courtesy mketd. Pours a dark brown, with red hues and small off tan head. Smells of big bold dark caramel malts, bready yeast, and some sweter fruits and vanilla. The flavor was of typical barley wine style. Mild alcohol burn ,wit htraces of sweet fruits, vanilla oak, and dark malts all together. this was very solid, but seemed sort of standard to me. No real big flaws, just nothing to set itself apart in my book. Still very good and drinkable. BeerdedDave (1707) - Beckley, USA - OCT 14, 2014
on tap at the brewery (2005); an excellent seasonal; strong, bitter, and quite hoppy for a barleywine