fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Draft at the Oahu brewpub. Nice dark fruit aromas coming off this deep brown draft. Smallish head didn’t stick around for long. Lots of malty and more dried raisin like fruits on the flavor. Some hoppiness and warming in the finish. Pretty good stuff. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2007
GABF 2007: Poured a hazy copper color with an off-white head. Dark fruit aroma that was semi-sweet. The flavor was of browned apples and dark fruits. Some figs. Medium to full body and semi-dry. estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
On draft at the brewpub. Aroma of caramel malts and American hops, dark amber body, small whitish head. Nicely balanced between hop flavors/bitterness and sweet malts. Nicely done. nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest ’09. Amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits, cannabis, and piney Northwest-style hops. Flavor is more of the same, lots of sweet malt and well-hopped. Full mouthfeel and nice alcohol warmth. CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2010
(Draught) Sampled at the brewery on October 1, 2009. Near headless with a mahogany body. Raisin pudding, with a good hoppy profile. Lovely balance between the malt and hops. Figs, chocolate milk, sour cherries. Kind of odd as a late-summer season (October) but done well to style. Very enjoyable.
Dogbrick (13777) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2010 On draught at the brewpub in Kailua, served in a snifter. The beer pours a hazed mahogany color with an amber tinge. Thick and fluffy off-white head that burns away slowly. Large sticky patches of lacing on the glass. Bready malt, hops and caramel aroma. Rich and smooth body with a bold caramel malt character along with flavors of fruit, hops and a touch of chocolate. The finish is malty with a fig and caramel note left over. Pretty good all around. can8ianben (1577) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Brilliantly sweet, and aggressively hopped give this beer a very complex mouthfull of flavor. Loads of things going on here from the sweet caramel malt to the full yeast flavor, and bitter finish. The aroma is like rich toffee with some faint citrus sweetness. Not easy drinking, but certainly smooth sipping. beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
2009 on tap at brewpub. Pour is deep ruby red with almost no head. Aroma is loaded with caramel malt, notable hop component, and faint spice. Flavor is very typical barleywine, done well. Loads of caramel malt and light spice with a very pleasing and crisp hop component on the back end. beertholomeus (1814) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Pours an amber brown color with an off white head. Caramel, toffee, toast, alcohol, oak and tobacco aroma. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit and hop flavors. Medium full body with average carbonation and a caramel, oak and alcohol finish. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Deep amber/bronze with creamy tan head and lace. Raisins, brown sugar, and caramel malt. Dried fruit, sweet malt, and a good resin bitter. Just a nice slight warmth from the abv. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Complex, smooth, and for real. Nice beer.