DocLock (11043) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Thanks to Ross for this one. This one looks like a smacked ass, which is what a good barleywine should look like...muddy dark brown in color with 1-finger splotchy khaki head. The aroma is very fruity, oaky, peaty, woth some hops, caramel malt, and feety cheese hints. The flavor is richly caramel malty, very fruity, figgy, with a big oaky bourbon, cabernet, cognac, and citric finish. Nice complexity and balance. molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Pours dark with a nice head. Aroma is very complex, mostly of bourbon and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and taste is hoppy. Would be amazing but hops are a bit too influential in this one. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Tasted 8/25/08. 12oz bottle. Clear yet sedimented. Dark amber ruby hue. Webbed off-white head. Aromas of caramel and spices. Full bodied with big sticky malts and a bitter alcohol note. Lingering finish. Malt character has nuances of caramel and toffee. Sticky burnt candy. Mild effervescence. and the zest intnesifies as it warms. Malt dominant, followed closely by the alcohol note. Woody toasty malts. Solid and bitter. Big and bold. Money! mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Big bad-ass grainy, caramely hoppy barleywine!!! Very alcoholic and not for wimps! Boiling hop resins dominate and the grains plow through. Aptly named. For the price it is superb! If allowed to age and it mellowed a bit would be fantastic! rajendra82 (1103) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2010
My bottle has a different label and says it’s the 2009 Cellar Reserve, so this must be a special run. The beer poured cloudy auburn in color, and had a one finger thick head that lasted for quite a while when left alone. There didn’t appear to be any lingering carbonation after the initial pour. The aroma was very much like liquefied raisins with some slight pine in the background. The taste was sweet and vinous with a lot of toffee and very little hop presence considering the style. The sweetness was not cloying though, and there was a restrained spiciness in the finish. Very clean tasting, with almost no hot notes, which made it very drinkable for a Barleywine. The first impression made me feel that this was a little too light in the mouth, but the thickness seemed to be better after it warmed up. A straightforward, but extremely elegant drink.
Odysseyalien (74) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Single bottle found at Cable Beverage, Nanuet, NY. I may also have had this on tap back during the Spring of 2012 at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan. When I found this at Cable Beverage though I wasn’t sure if it was a British or American barleywine. I almost never drink American barleywines as I don’t care to mix my beloved DIPAs with my beloved British barleywines. (American barleywines are usually hopped up compared to the British.)
So it was a very pleasant surprise to open this bottle and find that it was only moderately hoppy. The head was only about an inch deep and dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing on the glass was slight to say the least but I have no problem with that.
The smell -- molasses, raisins, dark fruit. The taste -- molasses, slightly sweet...just the right amount of sweetness to make it welcome as a dessert or after dinner beer or a nice mid-afternoon refresher.
Was there some real age on this bottle to make it less hoppy and thus more pleasant? I don’t know. I do know that I want to get some more and open my mind to more American barleywines. This was a real pleasant surprise and I’m glad I found it. zoucrew102 (2104) - - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Sweet caramel malt aroma with notes of dark fruit and toffee. Pours dark caramel colored with a thin light brown head and good lacing. Sugary sweet barley with notes of caramel to start. Very rich, thick mouthfeel. Very smooth finish with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Rich, flavorful barleywine. yngwie (17234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Bottle, 12oz. A semiclear, copper beer with a minimal-sized off-white head. Alcohol, dried fruits, caramel and resiny hops in the vinous aroma. Malty, vinous flavor with some caramel, dried fruits and resin. Full-bodied, warm and smooth. Fine bitterness in the finish. Maybe not a super-complex barley wine, but pretty damn good anyway, especially love the mouthfeel. 090619 Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Nice barley wine that is not overly sweet. Good alc balance. Nice aroma of freash hops, carmel. The tast is spicy with a slight bit of citrus. Holbe the hopy finish. It is a bit grassy and bitter from the Perle. jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a brown/ruby color with a creamy white head. Smell is sweet and malty, nice fruity smell, I think I’m going to like this one. Just enough carbonation, very smooth. Alcohol taste on the first drink was a surprise, not unpleasant but more than I was expecting. Very fruity taste and sweet. Sticky mouthfeel and very good. I really enjoyed this one.