DWestrick (758) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2014
on tap - lots going on with this barleywine. Probably the darkest barlywine I’ve tried. Pretty solid overall queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Tap at Warsaw location. Sweet caramel malt and orange aroma. Hazy rufous with a small ivory head. Sweet caramel malt, saccharine, and herbal hops flavor. Full body, low carbonation. A little lighter than most barleywines I’ve tried, but highly drinkable, which could be dangerous. The alcohol is very well hidden. Per a conversation I had with the brewery, this is the same barleywine they make every year. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2010
On tap at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured a dark amber brown with a near white head. Aroma was surprisingly hoppy with pine notes and undertones of grain and alcohol. Flavor was also surprisingly hoppy, the beginning had some sweet grains, but pine hops quickly take over. bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Draft...08 version. Muddled amber color with a wispy white head...massive amounts of lacing present. Intense, complex nose consisting of loads of berries, caramel malt, pepper, citrus zest and an underlying piney hop and sweet tart note. Medium full body...sticky sweet, syrupy. Flavor is toffee, raspberries, floral and sticky ass piney hops finish it out. Top notch, elite brew. shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Tap (just called Barleywine). Cherry, raisin, malt and alcohol aroma. Ruby red color with small head. Iniitially a cherry/floral malt flavor followed by a strong pine hops finish. Nice malt flavor - very hoppy.
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 2005 bottle - The barley wine has been on tap this month, but I sampled an aged bottle from last year’s version. I poured it into a large snifter. It was a medium brown color with a thin head. The aroma was a nice mix of malts and hops. The flavor was something of a surprise for the style with a very strong hops presence. It made me think of a barley wine crossed with an IPA. Full bodied and flavorful, this is a different take on the style and quite enjoyable.
2nd rating, 2006 version on tap - Similar to above but this is more of a hoppy beast. While enjoyable, it wasn’t as well balanced or complex as the year old version. 7/4/7/3/15. I gave the year old one 8/4/8/4/16. Averaging the two to a 3.8 total. I think this one benefits with some aging.
2004 bottle in Dec. 2007 - Even better... it’s still very hoppy, but it does mellow a bit too. This beer ages nicely. jsquire (4490) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
I had a barley wine on tap at the pub, and I can only assume this was this one. Served in a snifter with an attractive cascade of bubbles. Creamy beige head that left sticky lace. Nice aroma of pine, grapefruit and dark sugars. This is a hop dominated barley wine. Very fruity with apricot, pear, peach, some cherry pit but mostly grapefruit rind. The alcohol grows as it warms. I can’t tell if the burn is hop based or alcohol based (waitress told me it was 12% ABV). Nicely dry in the end with long citrus bitterness on the palate. The middle seems a little thin, but still a very tastey, hoppy barley. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2005
On tap at brewery, aged over one year, served in a snifter:temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Mahogany hued with a small tan frothy head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of floral and piney hops, pineapple, caramel and burnt malt, earthy yeast esters, light oak and vanilla, and some sugary component. The taste starts with a sweet burnt sugar base and some vanilla oak chiops leads to lime leaves and twangy peppery hops. A nice olde ale oxidtion gives an aged aftertaste. Some complex yeast driven background. The feel is sharp and biting with a lot of spice notes on the palate, vinous smooth finish. I don’t what the otherd had but this is a wonderful classic English styled barleywine. Maybe some aging or a different batch has improved the quality and complexity. I dunno about all that but I do know I like it!
Not bad. Served in a 12oz bottle. Strong flavor, slight sweetness. Alcohol, and another strange scent I can't figure out. Pours a deep and cloudy brown with a thin white head that disappears fast. Not a terrible barley wine, but no where near the best. hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2003
This brew had a definite aftertaste to it that stuck around for a while.Not my kind of brew.