hershiser2 (3667) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2004
2003 bottle sampled 12-21-04; Paid $2.10 for a 12-oz single. Deep rubyish brown with a small head. Smells very sweet and malty. Taste is alcohol-filled... quite complex, with sweetness up front, chocolate middle, coffee ending, and bitter licorice finish. A nice brew. irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2004
pours a hazy dark orange with some bottom of the bottle floaties. aroma is very nice-rich toasty malt notes with some spicy hops and a little alcohol. flavor much like the nose-a very rich maltiness with a nice finishing hop and some alcohol warmth. goes down scary-easy for its size
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2004
2003 Bottle: Beer pours murky dark amber with a rapidly dissipating tan colored head. Aroma is rich, with notes of caramel, mellowed hops, and alcohol. Flavor is malty with caramel, alcohol and a spicy, peppery finish. This is not world class barleywine, in fact it seems to me to be more like and English strong and would rate more highly in that style catefory. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Bottle 12 oz. (Thanks BBB63). Small beige head. Semi-cloudy, amber body with floaties (particulate matter). Aroma is grainy, malty, caramel, and bread. Flavor is very malty, and there is not much on hops, but a very robust flavor. Very little alcohol in aftertaste--smooth. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2004
12oz bottle, 2002 bottling When I first had this one back in 2002 it surprised me, I thought it was rather good, so I grabbed a bottle to stash...and now I’m cracking it...pours(cellar temp) with a bit of head, lazy carbonation, nice deep brown/brugundy color. Big nose of malt, carmel, nuts, cherries?? or berries Drinks full bodied, finishes tight, not leaving a lot lingering behind. Not overly bitter or sweet for a beer this size, but I do get some nice PNW hops stepping up in the finish, not the piney type, more of the fruity(I’d guess Columbus or cascade??). Its a bit sticky.. The flavor is the nose...with more hops thrown in. This isn’t as massively hopped as Bigfoot, I’m tempted to call it mellow and malty, but those hops are still there. It does seem to be on the "lighter" side of the american BWs I’ve had, which is maybe why it stood out to me before, it certainly does now...this one has stood up well, and I wish I had bought a couple more!
frylock (1144) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Chesnut color with a thin white head. Moderatley sweet malt aroma with some caramel and citrus fruits. Sweet and malty, some plum, a good dose of hops comes through late. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Hazy burgundy hue, a cloudy crimson, with a slim helping of whitish foam.
Nose is rich, bold, and fruity, giving alcohol notes from the start, ripe berries and cherries, grape and plum, lush and leathery...perfect fit for a barleywine, very, very nice...
Taste is full and flush with flavor, tangy and the slightest bit tart, ultimately well-rounded...mighty mellow,...this is an exemplary old ale, by anyone’s reckoning, and by mine, it’s a winner. The 9% is there, but doesn’t intrude, and slips through slyly...a restive nightcap this, and very tasty, highly rewarding.
John Barleycorn must live!
(had to do that...forgive me...) Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 30, 2004
Since I have barleywines few and far between, and when I do have them it’s quite an amazing experience, I was looking forward to this ale. Unfortunately, it did not pack the incredible punch some of my previous barleywine offerings have. Nonetheless, it comes from organic barley and for 9%, the aftertaste is really crisp and light. So in that respect, it’s pretty amazing. I guess the best way to describe this beer is not as barleywine but more as a rich fruit beer almost, because if I view it that way, I can respect it a whole hell of a lot more. The more I drink it, the more I enjoy it, so in the end it will undoubtedly receive rave reviews. grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 Malty, lordly syrup. Viscous and corroded like battery fluid. Headless and suspended in the weightless zone of thick gooey malty vacuous space. Voraciously woody nose. Oaky and caramelly all at once. The viscosity is terrifying and certainly drowns out all hope of escape. The hops and malts swim and writhe against one another like a glass case full of wet eels. Sweetly cardboard-like. Cotton candy aroma. Primarily corn and saccharine sweetness. This fades into a very hoppy, rusted and oaky flavor. This is one deep monster full of both England and America. Viscosity and destruction. Good, if notslightly overwhelming unbalanced, barleywine.
G-rat beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
Nice Brownish-orange colou for this IPA. what’s that you say...it’s not an IPA? Hmmm. Hoppy and citrusy on the nose. Let’s give it a taste. Sharp alcohol and light hops but also now some caramel and maltiness - smooth and easy-drinking. You’re right - it is a barleywine after all. Not bad but not powerful enough and complex enough for a killer score. I’d drink it again though.