mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Slightly excessive alcohol. Brown sugar flavor is prominent. Not overtly sweet, though. There is a solid amount of hops in the back, balancing, but not a lot of overt hop flavor. Mildly bitter. Alcohol is playing a bit of a role. Really just tastes like sugar. Not bad but not exciting me. Also, this should have remained as an ASA, not a Barley Wine.
PorterPounder (7961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Dark copper pour with a fluffy off-white head. A bit too translucent thought. Fresh clean aroma with hints of spearmint, spruce and citrus. Sweet intoxicating flavor with caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar and citrusy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky and coats your tongue. Alcohol hidden extremely well on this one - could get into real trouble with a few of these. Afraid it might trun cloying due to the brown sugar but that did not happen. Very good. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear red-amber, with a smallish beige colored head, nice lacing. Aroma is floral hops, grapefruit, malt. Flavor is alcohol, caramel, grapefruit, pine, brown sugar. Palate is medium, medium carbonation, warm, sweet, sticky finish. I liked this, however I don’t know if I would consider it a barley wine, but whatever. It has some nice qualities, but the package as a whole for a barley wine is just OK. 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 Re-examined; 2-04-2008 - Brown sugar through-and-through. Very sweet, rich and malty. Interesting to try alongside Gnarleywine and contrast; te added sweetness tends to thin the drink out, playing up the dark fruit notes as well taking the mellowness of the pine hop citrus and making it much more pronounced - very rich and sweet. dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Poured into a deep tulip glass, the appearance was dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head that had very good retention. The aroma was crazy. Very full of fruit esters including banana, orange, lemon, and apple. The alcohol was just barely perceptible. However in the flavor, this was not the case. There was the usual caramel sweetness of the malts that can be expected of the style, but in addition were some weird fruit notes, mostly citrus and apple, that were sort of out of place in this brew. The mouthfeel is sticky but relatively smooth. Overall this was a pretty weird, though interesting barleywine and not one of my favorites.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours orangish amber with thin foamy tan head. Aroma of citric alcohol, grapefruit, mango, oak, and peaches. Taste is strong, thick, citric, acidic, intensely alcoholic, with pine cones and spruce somehow making their way through the onslaught. This beer should be sipped very slowly if you’re drinking it fresh, because it may burn going down. Mouthfeel is heavy, alcoholic, and slighty resinous with the hop quantities. Lively carbonation and an acidic finish. This would be excellent to cellar, and rate another once the hops and alcohol have settled some. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Clear copper, with a good sized tan head that laces nicely. Hoppy nose with lots of citrus and pine notes, a good bit of sweetness. Flavor is quite bitter, with grapefruit and spruce notes, and there’s a nice round, caramel sweetnes under there. Doctormirk (100) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 Thick and frothy mouthfeel. Sweet fruits at first, plum, off set with sour and well balanced bitter hops. Very crisp bitter finish. troopie (2339) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Malty aroma. Deep amber with much lacing. Full flavour, notes of hop, sugar and fruit. Burnt sugar finish, like a mug of flip only cold. This is for sipping. BTW IIRC this is my first barley wine. If they’re all as good os this, I think I’ll like the style hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2007
22 oz bottle. Deep amber in appearance. Aroma is sweet malt, and some fruit, plums, raisins. Faint hops in the aroma also. Taste is sweet caramel, some brown sugar, toasted malts, fruit, with some citrus. Very full bodied. light hop bitterness and a medium amount of alcohol burn in the finish.