beastiefan2k (4054) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2009
750mL shared by theisti. Pour is dark, hazy, reddish copper, cannot see through it. It has a small bit strong head, lightly sticky. Aroma is super strong, syrupy, alcoholic malts with a bit of an stringent hoppiness. Taste follows suit with a bit less of the astringency. There is the alcohol but it evaporates without leaving an alcoholic aftertaste. Its a strong barleywine like the other many strong barleywine, I don;t know what better way to describe it, this style of BW was once super cool and interesting but has become boring (I can get many similar for a much better price). Has a very thick and syrupy mouthfeel. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Sampled from 750ml reserve bottle at the Iron Hill in North Wales. Poured a medium and cloudy brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oranges, caramel, pine, and some dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits and citrus. I liked the aromas but found the tastes to be weaker and didn’t live up to the smells. Thinner body as well. hellbilly (3247) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2008
bottle from 2005 brought to the tasting by sparky27... the color is like a caramel right before the cream is added with a huge tan head that eventually fades to a ring. the perfumey aroma is sweet with grains and caramel oakiness followed by raisins, pine, grass and some citrus hops. palate is sweet but not sticky or cloying. this is surprisingly still quite hoppy.... flavor is similar to the aroma... raisins and a distinct dry woodiness precede a slight bite on the finish. medium body is soft from the carbonation and creamy without being sticky. i bet this is bitchin’ when it’s fresh... 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.
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.
Travlr (25767) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Draft at the source. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Taste starts sweet but then transitions to bitter pretty quickly. More hoppy than your usual barleywine. hivemind (919) - 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. budznsudz (583) - 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. Sammy (12601) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Very good drinking BW, with citrus flavour adding complexity to the organic caramel taste. Likely hoppier when it was young. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle shared by that Beer Drinker of the Year 2001 guy. He’s the man. Acrid, strong, alcohol filled aroma, loaded with bitter hops and gasoline. Kind of old flavor, oxidized already though new, but still rather light and mellow. The polar opposite of the aroma. Soupy and heavy, though soft on the tongue. Pretty nice, if you can get past the smell.