alexsdad06 (10376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle from old notes. Pours a clear amber brown color with a small, dense beige head. The aroma and flavor have big sweet caramel, toffee, ripe fruits, raisins, apricots, brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of citrus and resin, shows the abv a bit, but I don’t mind that, the bottle was not super fresh so it was probably more hoppy at one time, solid brew nonetheless. I know it’s retired, but I’m working through backlog. travita (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle thanks to somebody, rating from my backlog. The look is a brick orange color, cloudy, with a thin beige colored head. The smell is caramel, sweet, fruit, and toffee. The taste is sweet, fruits, caramel, and toffee. jkwalking05 (4735) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Red in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, roasted malts and vanilla. Taste is of caramel, toffee, and toast. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured amber with an off-white head. A little oxidized with a tea leaf quality that was well welcomed and some dark malt sweet tones. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2010
650 ml bottle
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
This was a disappointment even though I set the bar low after a number of experiences with Mad Brewer. It is no shock to learn that they closed over the summer. While any brewery closing is not good news in this case the market was just too crowded to support a subpar product. Maybe they can reopen in the future after some quality control.
Aroma / Appearance - Chewy brown and fluid the body has a hefty presence. Dusty cherry pie blends with the smell of a rare bookshop to form a musty hoppy profile. This seems to have mellowed since I picked it up two years ago.
Flavor / Palate - Cherry pie filling sweetens the throat like a gourmet candy bar. There’s little depth to back it up despite some hoppiness that kicks back. It has shadows of promise but this bottle at least falls short of what I expect in a barleywine. This is probably going to be the last beer I pick up from Mad Brewer as I am almost certain the rest on the shelves will have fared much worse.
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a deep, dark murky amber with beige head. Aroma is very malty with notes of brown sugar and honey. Flavor is very much the same with notes of licorice, some spiciness and dark fruit. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, very tasty! bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2010
(22oz bottle, 2008 vintage) Pours a murky amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cherry, toffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and raisins. Flavor of caramel malt, cherry, toffee, orange, dates, and chocolate. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
(22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye brewed in 2008) cloudy deep ruby with medium tan head with tight bubbles. Nose of brown sugar, cream, alcohol and vanilla. Taste of alcohol, brown sugar, caramel, raisins. Finish is creamy, TONS of flavor, and there is almost NO HINT of 11% alcohol at all. This beer is superb, and quite possibly the best barleywine I have ever had. Awesome! Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit and earthy hops. The flavors include caramel, sweet toffee, dirt, low alcohol, brown sugar and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good American Barleywine BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazed amber-orange body and a fading tan head. Aroma of alcohol, brown sugar and dark fruits. Taste is caramelized pineapple, dark fruits, caramel, brandy. Syrupy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.