TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
John Barleycorn 2001 vintage pours to a beautiful, deep caramel/ruby red color with a slight tan head that quickly fades and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer grabs your attention as soon as you pop the cap. Very fragrant, zesty, spicy waves of Saaz hop aromas, marry with touches of citric/orange aromas, and an underpinning of sweet malt aroma. The palate is soft and fat on the tongue, with lots of big sweet and caramel malt flavors, fresh bread, and slight toffee and estery flavor. The body is big on this beer, but not too brawny as it softly glides over the tongue. This beer finishes malty up front, then ends with a very zesty, grassy, hop bite paired with a nice warming alcohol burn that lingers.
This was a very unique and special barleywine. The 2001 vintage has a wonderful Saaz hop character in aroma and bitterness, coming in at a mighty 60 IBU’s. It also has a sold malt back bone, giving that big hop character some balance, and a nice wallop of alcohol strength(9% abv), makes it a warming, comforting brew.
Five years of age on this beer has mellowed that intense hop character and more complex malt flavors and aromas have come out. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2006
12 oz Vintage 2005: Mad props to TURDFERGUSON for this lovely one. Pours a clear amber, small off white head which dissipates and leaves little to no lace. Aromas of pineapple, figs, date, dark fruit, cherry, strawberry. Palate is chewy caramel malts, more fruit, grapefruit, citrus, nice body, seductive drinkability. Nice yo, nice. Thanks Sam, put your pants on and read us some poetry. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2006
12 oz vinatge from A Southern Season in Chapel Hill NC. pours into a pretty ambered crimson body with little to no head and small white lacing. aroma of dtaes, grapfruit, and a raisins. malty flavor with a little bit of hop kick in the end. very enjoyable. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy deep burnt orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, orange, grapefruit, and juniper. Flavor of malt, hops, caramel, and alcohol with a bitter finish. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2006
This was just rich and luscious, with some interesting yeasty floaters. Pours a deep golden amber, with a creamy little head. This is the 2005 and I really enjoyed drinking this one. My only complaint is the alcohol presence but the malt backbone is balanced and shows strongly with the aggressive hop profile.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
1997 12oz. Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with floaties. Smells like chilled rasberry cherry soup. Tastes like sour carbonated Robitussin. Down the drain we go!!! I’ll have to try a more recent vintage next time. demartino (6) - USA - JAN 2, 2006 does not count
these notes references the 2005 harvest: the aroma’s earthy/herb-y, but there’s not a lot of that going on on the palate. the hops are spot-on, and don’t linger bitterly like a below-average IPA might. also, nice label. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2006
1995 - sampled in 2005 for pivos and my 10 y/o Vertical Barley Wine tasting. Dark mahagony colored - kinda oily looking, no lacing on top. Super intense and very delightful nose of Sage, thyme, pepermint , juniper and also allspice - this is just amazing. But what is so great in the nose is not doing that good in the taste - too powerful sage, anis - almost like a Pernot - taste. Very domestic. Thin bodied. hayduke (5189) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 This is a 2007 update and this has managed to get ever better. Poured a very rich mahogany that was sort of a cross between red and brown and raised a big fat tan head left wonderful lacing in the glass. Wonderful nose of barley malts, hops,and some woody odors. Very smooth mouthfeel. Nice hop finish. This was good before and somehow they have made this batch even better.
Original rating 12/24/05 was 7-4-7-4-17- 3.9. 2005 bottle fresh from the brewery. Poured a red-brown with a nice long lasting tan head. Clean nose with a hint of smoke. Palate is great with bit of a sizzle. Alcohol is obvious and hops are just right. This is a very unique tasting brew and may not be for everyone. But I like it. Sort of like an IPA on steriods. The 2006 was good, but the 2007 is wonderful. Put four six packs in the cellar to age. May get even better. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2005
2003 bottle Light amber in color with a small white rocky head. Malty aroma,touch of smoke, Flavor sof orange and sweet malt,spicey, finishes dry.