mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 20, 2009
I love it! The nose is so good I could smell it for days. Rich, deep and hearty. Lots of hops and caramel. Really enjoyable. If your into malty brews these guys are the malt masters. beerbaaron (2046) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Deep unclear slight ruby brownish color with an excellent khaki head. Aroma finds light fruity, bread crust..quite nice. No hint of alcohol. Lighter full body. Amazing palate. Slaughters most barley wines. Worthy of much more attention. zizzybalubba (1887) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle shared at Logan’s 2009 pre-GABF Party. Light brown pour. Oak and bourbon aromas. Beautiful blend of vanilla and pineapple flavors. This one was outstanding. Loved it. MarinEvelyn (868) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2015
sweet, delicate, rich, beautiful. Dark fruit, some spices, sorta a little chocolate, but probably really something else. I really enjoy it. Light, but strong, well made. Savage_Night (438) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Pours dark amber red with minimal head. Head retention is poor. AROMA: dark fruit, sweet roasted malt, light citrus, spices, dark chocolate, smoke, raisin, vanilla, alcohol, red wine and hop bitterness. TASTE: coffee,/espresso caramel, alcohol, raisin, smoke, spices, hop bitterness, plum, pinot noir, peppercorn and dark chocolate. AFTER TASTE: chocolate, peppercorn, hop oils, caramel and smoke flavors with a slightly thick oily feel in the mouth. I?m very surprised at the quality of this brew for the price. Definitely will purchase a few more. Might age a few of them as well.
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Draft at brewpub. Deep burgundy, decent head. Dark fruity aroma, like ripe blackberries. Malty sweet, with raisin and currant notes. Faint note of the pepsin candy gum I used to get in my Halloween bucket during my youth. Hint of hop bitterness in finish. A good brew. stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Great barleywine. I like the mild bitterness on the finish, probably from a roasted malt more than a boiling hop. One of my favorites with Old Nick and Hog Heaven. geezerbeer (3) - USA - AUG 28, 2007 does not count
bomber, purchased from Marin Brewing Company direct. "burbon barrel aged" bottled 3/21/07. pours like treacle, as expected. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2007
aroma like a dessert wine, caramel and only slight alcohol considering the 9% tag. I’m new at the rating game but certainly can’t taste bourbon. sweet, heavy. very mellow for a strong barleywine, very much enjoying it.
I have openers regret, feel like it’s going to get better. not to worry, I have a few more :).
Original sample courtesy of Pailhead. Also tried at Hard Liver, update those in due time. Brown with tannish/off-white head, fades to thin film. Heavy lacing. Huge toffee and caramel aroma up front, pretty big pine resin background, hints of citrus. Flavor exactly as aroma indicates, slight cardboard character through the middle is the only difference. Well balanced for a big beer. Mouthfeel/palate very thick and syrup like. I’m against the grain, but really dig it.