DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
2006: Pours a hazed petrified amber, thin sheet of froth. Smells nicely oxidized with crystallized hop bitterness balancing things out..piney with ribbon candy sweetness. Flavors are still full and nice, candy-ish...nicely still bitter..no faults..nicely aged goodness that doesn’t seem to have lost much of anything, just nicely nice. 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. wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Dasilky1 tasting. Dec 13th 2009. 22oz bottle opened by hophead84. Thanks Shane! It’s been on my wants for a long time. Amber color. Very nice hop aroma and flavor and late hop bitterness. Very surprized to hear it was bottled in 2006. Aged very well. Slightly sweet and malty. Some melanoidins. Hoppy barleywine. Excellent. pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
On draught at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. 2010 vintage. Amber color. Aroma is plum, tart citrus, and sweet caramelized malt. Taste is simple syrup, caramel, tart citrus, and grass. Finishes with a caramel and bitter citrus aftertaste. raphael (1303) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2013
2011 on tap at the multnomah lab. Full fruity aroma with alcohol, citrus & resin. Citrus & resin in the flavor, edging down the fruity sweetness just a little. sticky but not sweet, smooth & balanced. Light amber with thin off- white head. Listed alcohol was 10%.
barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2009
2006 yellow wax top bomber from a trade almost a year ago with hannont, thanks Todd. "I hope nobody minds this placeholder rating for the purposes of the DD Top Ten list accuracy. I’ve got a real rating somewhere…." Sorry, the sarcastic streak, some would say smartass in me, just couldn’t resist. Pours a tarnished copper/amber with just a thin layer of foam after a vigorous pour into my snifter. By the time I had put the cap back on the bottle and turned around, the little bit of foam had dissipated to just a ring on the glass. Aroma was classic barleywine, caramelized malts, along with some dark ripe fruit, a touch of honey and a distinctive alcohol presence. Flavor follows the aroma theme with all the usual barleywine characteristics, heavy on the malt, subtle flavors of dark ripe fruits and a strong alcohol backbone. Also, this is a very full bodied beer. This is my kind of brew, very enjoyable! 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. Ty5592 (1024) - 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. 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. 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.