5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle:   Deep dirty caramel, moderate to large frothy off-white head, fairly nice lacing.   Sweet caramel malt nose, a bit bready, little hop character.   Soft hops up front, a bit malty, slight biscuit, but also a
little astringent.   Has a little metallic tinge to it.   Seems malty up front, but falls off a bit towards the back.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Somewhat of a salty caramel and bready finish.   A little
rough, and not as sweet as it should be.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Hides the 12% well, but still remains warming.   Finishes very bready, some caramel, a bit rich, but also this medicinal/perfume like presense.
Finish is a little rough, otherwise okay.   However, needs to be sweeter, perhaps less alcohol, and with a bit more hop bite. jgb9348 (6478) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Deep brown coloured body, very cloudy, with a bright ruby glow when held up to the light and a thinnish, single centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, toffee, nuts, caramel, alcohol and bunches and loads of pit fruits. Medium to Full-bodied; Very strong alcohol and metallic burn up front with a more sedate chocolate, raisin, fig, earth, oak, vanilla, bourbon and even some light hops in the flavour. Aftertaste is quite complex with the alcohol burn and malt by far the strongest flavours. But, some vanilla and especially the sweetness from the pit fruits starts to overlap on the burn, but the palate and flavour are less than ideal, especially with my aging of the bottle. Overall, a decent barley wine at best; Perhaps I was expecting a bit too much, but even after the aging of the bottle and getting it from a nice brewery way up North, this didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 04-October-2013 for US$14,50 sampled at home in Washington as it starts to get slightly chilly here on 06-December-2015.
Date on Bottle: 19-February-2013 // Purchased Date: 04-October-2013 // Sampled Date: 06-December-2015, Listed on Bottle at 2013 Vintage at 13,0% ABV Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - SEP 10, 2014
22 oz-er poured into a snifter. Bottling date: "02192013," little old, but hey I found this in Skagway and not Juneau.
The appearance was a dark brown/black color with a semi-thick two finger white to off white head. That damn head must last at least for a good 3 minutes before it dissipated and once it did, the lacing was adequately lacing the glass really nicely.
The smell had a super rich sweet candied sugared fruits over top of some sweet raisin bread.
The taste has a very nice, sweet fruit, candi sugar-ed toastiness.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with more of a sipper aspect to it, but that’s okay since this is a Barleywine. The carbonation was there but subdued a bit and the way this came across my tongue had a decent sharpness but also allowed a nice sweet dark fruitiness to run over it.
Overall, good barleywine, its nice to see it held up since the date it was manufactured - not sure why this one can’t come to Juneau and I had to go to Skagway to find it, still if it held up to this long and came across with these marks - Kassik’s must be doing something right, way to go boys! jbruner (5277) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle thanks to trade with AKandy! Pours a cloudy golden brown from the bomber with bubbly tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big sweet caramel malt and earthy notes. Taste follows, bit more towards the malt, big boozy notes. Really nice for the style, well done. SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle: Poured a reddish to mahogany color with a think off white colored head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Taste is a bit chewy with loads of malts, some metallic hops, fine chocolate, and dark fruit. Dry finish.
jsquire (4599) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
At the ’08 GABBF. Dense brown orange color with a foamy beige head. Not much in the nose but a light caramel sweetness. Lots of melted caramel sweetness in this beer with hoppy pine resin and noticable alcohol. It tastes every bit of the claimed 10.2% ABV. Big hoppy barley wine. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose has some toasting and caramel notes to it, though it seems to smell a bit stale. Taste is toasty up front with a slightly sweet finish to it. Very meh to me. SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Pours a muddy dark brown with a very generous head for a barleywine.
Sweet nutty caramel aroma.
The flavor is sweet with little hop flavor. Pretty simple Barleywine.
Hides it’s alcohol well. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2012
at GABBF 2012. Ok aroma, sweet. dried fruit, fig/date, tobacco, little citrus, on the grapefruit side. Clean oange brown color, small head, no lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Meh, not grabbing me, felt aroma clashed, flavor was dull, just my two cents tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Awesome aroma of fruit, candi sugar, bread. The appearance is a translucent deep red. The flavor is ver nice, sweet fruit, candi sugar. The finish is light resin hops, lightly boozy. Like an English barley wine. Medium n body, slightly thick. Nice!