GMCC2181 (1617) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 750ML Bottle about two years old from the Wilmington brewery: Color is a dark red with a big head that faded quickly. Aroma is sweet hops. Flavor is really smooth... Nice blend of hops and malt in a barleywine. Also some dark fruits thrown in. Texture is medium, and has a small amount of carbonation. Over all a good barleywine! Thanks to B-Rob for picking this up for me! desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Wilmington. Body is a super-hazy brownish amber with a pillowy tan head. The nose is sweet and hoppy. Upon the first sip my tastebuds are assaulted by massive amounts of hops. Very citrusy and piney. This is good! Not much balance in the malt department except some background sweetness, but it works well. Finish is extremely dry and tangy. Definitely not the same beast as the Old Tom. This barleywine follows in the (enormous) footsteps of SN Bigfoot, and does it well. Very tasty barleywine! gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Pours a ruby red. Nose is Dark fruit, flowers, booze, grapefruit. Flavor is boozey fruits, raisins, slight sherry and cherries. Finishes a lingering sweet. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Pour was a cloudy redish/brown okay head nice lacing. Aroma was of caramel, pine vanilla and come floralness. Flavor was nice sweet malty flavor, alcohol wasn’t hidden at all little over the top. But good beer.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy miketd. Murky reddish brown pour, full of life. Huge nose on caramel, vanilla, oak, sweet plums, dark fruit, some unique spicy grain. Flavor is rich and full of caramel, vanilla, spices. Full of flavor, and very delicious.
Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Clear brown in color with roasted malt smell. Taste of roasted malt with some hop flavor. Thin body. an O.K beer hivemind (933) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle from the brewery in Newark, DE. Shared with Paul and Erica in Weehawken for the 4th. Couldn’t get a good look at the body but the head is beige/off-white and kind of creamy. Strong hop nose and lots of hops and fruit on the palate. Not as thick-bodied as other barleywines. Not sure I’d agree with those saying it’s more of an IPA, but it does have a stronger hop flavor than expected. JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours a murky red-brown with plenty of fizzy beige head that laces only a touch. Nose is sweet warming and bready. Taste is very hop forward, earthy, sweet. Very nicely balance no over the top booziness. Very enjoyable brew. JAXSON (611) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark orange-red with a thin soapy head. Aroma bursts with liqueur, piny hops, maraschino cherries, and other soft fruit tones. Flavor is at first a little at odds with itself, a definite bright, foresty pine element kind of clashes with a bit of darker, fruity malt. A bit spicy and exotic. I’m almost approaching this as an Imperial IPA with a high malt presence. Despite its oddity it is a very tasty package, though not nearly as glorious as their other Barleywine. Getting better as it warms...a really nice cherry pit flavor mingles with the pine-forest touches, very cool. Boozy but not hot. Could be more refined but it’s a neat beer. budznsudz (584) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Enjoyed at Iron Hill Maple Shade. Golden red pour with a frothy off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy, and malty, with strong pine and notes of bread and yeast from the bottle fermentation. Taste is dark malt, plum, piney hops and bready yeast. Medium body. Nice carbonation. Enjoyed it but it’s nothing very special and certainly not worth $20 a bottle at the restaurant.