slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Bottle from tap. Cherry, light oak, caramel, and some booziness in the nose. Dark mahogany, swirly head. Sweet fruit and malt notes. Very clean and smooth. Nearly chewy. Great all around. oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Pours a crystal clear amber brown, bright, beautiful, but almost no head. Very strong but pungent aroma. Deep oak, sweet alcohol, a tiny bit of citrus, and very little hops. The flavor is very sharp upfront. Booze, cherries, oak, and biting pine. It mellows out but it’s still a bit rough. Solid, but it will get better with age. MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Copper brown color with a slight tan head. Aromas of caramel, a touch of vanilla, light bit of raisins. Big creamy mouth, very effervescent. Tastes of toast, caramel, pears and big hop flavors that follow to a still overly bitter beer (for me) but will be interesting to see (taste) in another year or 2 - or 3? Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
22oz yellow wax dipped 06 bottle. Pours a deep amber ruby color with small fast disapating head. Aroma was of sweet caramel malt, light fruitiness, and earthy hops. Full bodied brew. The taste was the same with light bitterness mixed with earthy hops. The finish left a lingering dry bitterness. Well made brew. dmac (6429) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2008
2006 vintage shared at Cornboys Barley Wine Blind. Pours a clear reddish brown with a small light beige head. Aroma of citrus fruit and caramel, rather fruity aroma that is quite nice. Flavor of burnt caramel and bread. Finishes on the dry side but is a nice beer all around.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Number 25 tasted out of a 28 bottle BW tasting. Poured a clear copper color with almost no head. Doughy aroma, light vinager, sweet toasted malt and mild alcohol. The flavor was a mix of malt, tart fruit, and mild hops. Light to medium bodied. humuloneranger (8) - Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2008 does not count
Amber color with rich malt aroma... definitely to style in appearance and aroma. Spare, but unique belgian lace and legs on the side of the glass. Initially sweet, followed by toasty malt and brown sugar. Then the hops keep moving around the malt flavors. The hops set this brew apart from other barleywines... they keep swimming around the palate. 22 oz. bottle. 2006 edition. bhensonb (15601) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Draft at the Quimby St. venue. Aroma of dark malt with citrus hop. Hazy brown amber color with a dissipating white head. Flavor is pruny dark fruit with bitter hop. Quite a nice barley wine. Clean finish. Good sipper. SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Hand bottled 2006 edition: Pours a copper amber with a 1 finger off white head. Very malty and mix of citrus and earthy hop aroma, hints of the alcohol. Flavor is pretty malty and slightly syrupy but controlled and not over the top.Lots of hops. Medium to high bitterness with lots of fresh hop flavor as well. Finishes with a nice dry and bitter taste that really helps balance its very malty body. A good example of a barleywine done right. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2007
2002’s. Over 100 IBU with a complexity derrived from aging nicely. This one was quite sweet—a sweetness that hinted toward the use of candy suger, but could have been from the massive amount of ingredients, namely hops.