wetherel (1880) - 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. paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
dasilky tasting, hophead84 bottle, 06. cool bottle and wax... Pristine example of a 3 year old barleywine. not my fav of styles, this was textbook in a way, made it great. young i might be so so on this, with 3 years of age it’s very much balanced. far to easy to consume, not the most complex but delicious. carmel, dark malts and stays dry on the palate, other examples I’ve had just go so sweet, this beer is in a great place with many more years 10+ of life left. 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. 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. DaSilky1 (2606) - 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.
raphael (1239) - 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%. marcus (10145) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 5, 2014
On tap at Fredfest 2014. Pours reddish brown with a nice beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with lots of fruit and a bitter finish. Very tasty. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 1999 vintage at the Lucky Lab barleywine fest. I won’t use this score due to the wild turn this brew took while aging. This 5 year old version turned very acidic and winey, almost vinigar and sour finish.
This 2003 vintage barleywine pours a dark mahogany, very clear, with a thin white head. The aroma sets this beer up to be a big ol sweet barleywine, lots of brown sugar, caramel, prune, and hints of chocolate in the aroma. The taste wasn’t nearly as big on the sweet side as I was expecting, sweet up front but finishing quickly bitter with a long tail of bitter hops fading into the distance. Still a very nice barleywine that will probably continue to improve greatly with age. 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. 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?