egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2003
2002... Poured a red/amber color with a small, very little to no head. Difficult aroma to detect, but when noticed, hops, fruit and alittle alcohol. This was different than most barleywines that I have had. Malty mouthfeel, taste was very quick, and it basically misses something in the middle. It started off fizzy, turned into a liquid smooth as water, finished malty and alcoholic. Not what I am looking for in a barleywine, but it was a smooth drink. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
1998: This barley wine pours with a very cloudy orange-amber hue topped with no head and there is no lacing to speak of. There's a lot of floaters in this one as well. This is just wierd! The aroma is sweet and minty with a liquid smoke, teriaki, soy sauce note. Everything somehow comes together with a candy cane like aroma. The flavor is very sweet and candy like with slight bitter, minty notes and hints of teriaki. This beer is just freakin' wierd, but for some reason I kinda like it. Medium bodied and smooth, without much carbonation. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Bottle, 2006 version,from Raleigh WholeFoods. Ok aroma. Sweet Kind of rum like, maybe I should say dark & stormy like, Little nutmeg, Caramel, canned tuna (yes I know what I typed) little orange. Dark brownish orange colr, small head that faded quickly, no lace. Sweet flavor, like aroma, but gets a graininess. little soapy, little woody too. Medium body, Creamy oily mouthfeel, dry woody finish. Huh, intersting. Not one I’d run back for, but can’t hate on it either. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Body, deep amber with brown hues, is very thick and syrupy looking. Very thin off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is caramel, glazed brown sugar, toasted grains, mellow hops with an orange oil citric tinge and alcohol that comes across resembling shoe polish. I just figured it out. this has the same aroma of a ten year old Bigfoot, with fresh shoes. Flavor is malty, toasty, moderately to heavily bitter and without any pleasing sense of fresh hoppiness. Mouthfeel is at first soft and sweet, then fades to an unruly bitterness, coupled with stale citrus. Finishes pale and timid, bitterness again a factor in quaffability. More malt and more hops in the boil with higher alpha acids would drastically improve the flavor. Where’s the complexity of years gone by? JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 2006 bottle courtesy boboski. Poured dark brown with ruby tints with a broken soapy white head. Heavy caramel malt with some spice in the nose. Aroma also possessed some sweetness. Thick palate. Vaguely hoppy in the taste, with an oddly sour and jumbled finish. The finish was so weak hop-wise and had that weird sour and alcohol tone, that it really detracted from the whole experience.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 24, 2007
2007 bottle. Pretty much the same off-kilter finish as the 2006 bottle, but the 2007 bottle is not as bad. Bumped up the score a point for a little better experience.
I’d been sitting on this beer awhile and decided to break it out during our tailgating frenzy at the Oakland Raiders homegame vs. Chefs. Yeah, we lost but damnit we drank some good beer.
The beer really did strike me as being fairly bland. Nothing really setting itself apart from the other barleywines out there, but still was of enough quality to be drinkable. An aroma of sweet caramelly malts, fruit cocktail, a bit grapefruity and subtle molasses. Appearance was a hazy orange/caramel brown color, thin wispy head with barely any lacing. Flavor is melted caramel chews, with a subtle touch of some grapefruit. Sweet yet not overly sweet for a barleywine. Glad to have a few more bottles to finish off. truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle poured into a snifter. Light head, minimal lacing. Nose is a faint, slightly grassy sweetness. Malts and hops are balanced nicely, the alcohol floats nicely along, and it adds up to an average barleywine. Note: certified organic grain, or hops, or whatever, does not in and of itself diminish or improve a beer. It’s the same stuff, people; it’s just that in the making of it, it’s better for you and the planet. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Picked up a sixer of this at Holiday Wine Cellar. Clear copper brew. Sweet and malyt BW that has a bit of hoppiness . Not too bad but deserving of it percentile. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 20, 2008
12 oz bottle - hazy light amber color with thin off white head. Aroma has sharp, herbal and slightly citrusy hops, light caramel. Flavor is full of chewy malts, medium toasted caramel, faint oak. Finish is mildly sweet. Overall decent. Drake (13654) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2006 Bottle from Greenwood Gourmet Grocery in Greenwood near Crozet, VA. Pours brown with minimal head. Toffee-esque malty aroma with a bit of bitterness. Very earthy taste with a hoppy balance. Hops are still very assertive. Pleasant brew.