doublebock (558) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Dark brown color with thick head. Robust floral bouquet mixed with with strong and sweet malty aroma. Taste of raisins, port, fresh bread with plenty of hops at the end to balance out the strong alcohol. DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased at Sunflower Market in Roseville, CA. The aroma on this is pleasant enough. Somewhat sweet with some raisin. I also get some leather and tobacco in the nose, too. Nicely aromatic. Moderately hazy amber body with a medium-ish manilla colored head. Starts sweet with some brown sugar flavors, which mirrors the aroma. Becomes a little roasted and burnt in the middle with leather and tobacco notes present. Ethanol is well-hidden. Definitely an English-style barleywine. I could see how some people would think this is a little too sweet. Somewhat reminiscent of Steve Altimari’s Old Inventory, and that’s a real good thing! Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2002
Good, thick barley wine with a nice malty flavor. Another of a series of excellent American barley wines. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Cask at the RAF 2003: Sweet, lucious alcohol grapefruit aroma. Good amount of juniper berries and hops. . . wonderful mouthfeel and a beautiful finish. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2004
2003: Ruby brown hue with some small particles and topped by a small frothy head which produced good lacing. Beautiful deep aroma with notes of caramel and toffee malts; floral, grassy and piney hops; dusty yeast esters, raisin, vanilla, oak wood, clove, licorice, pepper and allspice. The nose is vinous but not overpowering or burning. The long lasting taste of heavy malts, snappy bitter hops, citrus, and yeast provided very good balance and enjoyment. The mouthfeel is full, oily, astrengent and lively. The alcohol is noticeable but again isn’t overpowering. This is a winner, smooth yet complex barleywine. Mikey likey!
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Pours brown/amber. Aromas of dried fruit and alcohol. Fruity up front, lots of figs and hints of citrus. Hops not prevalent, but there. Alcohol and finishing bitterness tingle the tongue. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
Any first impressions?StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2007
-A ring of foam crowns the burgundy velvet.
-Profound red fruit candy are embedded in the caramel maltiness, as smoking earth is diffused throughout.
-Fruity jujubes lather the palate, a veritable desserty treat for the sweet tooth.
-The low carbonation and rich maltiness go hand in hand, securing this barley wine’s place into late evening digestif territory.
What if you dig deeper?
-Herbal, resinous hops make sure it all never gets cloying, and appropriately reduce the sweetness level of the finale with their leveled bitterness.
-A flavor profile comparison with Green Flash 2nd Anniversary Barley Wine yielded a surprising depth of links.
-Strawberry licorice and maple whirl around the tongue to the pleasure of all excited tastebuds.
-If this top notch barley wine’s quality is constant (and I have no reason to believe it isn’t), I think it deserves more attention.
Bottle; no date.
Transparent cherry amber in color with a milky, tan khaki wrung and a thin ice sheaf on top. Aroma hums with red currant, licorice, anise and plum port sauce. Candied beets and rutabagas make it in through the earthen gate hatched at the back door of the nose. Flavor pushes through with toffee and rum buttering caramel-soaked graham cracker crust. Full bodied red currant jam massages oil throughout the palate. Bing cherries capped with plums, port and brandy stew form a highly palatable crème brulee. A hint of mulberry slips through the oil, and the caramel amaretto liquor sauce gets chewed on as the substance is digested. Perhaps the thickest mouthfeel I’ve felt through a barleywine. Licorice root and herbal gardenias team with a cherry hop bitterness as the thick caramel, plum and port convection squeeze a touch of baby concords in the final recession. Thanks much for the 2005 bomber, tpkenned! rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2009
Bottled. Thanks to larsniclas.
Clear copper colour with beige head. Subtle aroma, yet there are clear notes of fruits, tidbits and raspberry gel. Wonderful, smooth mouthfeel with wide malt spectre, with big mouthfeel without being cloying. Suggestions of tidbits, fruits(raspberries), caramel, and luckily enough not loaded with hop flavour/bitterness, that sometimes ruins the American Style Barley Wine. Superb maltiness here. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bomber. Poured deep reddish-brown with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up earthy, dried floral, and citrusy hoppage over vinous notes, deep caramel, and bready character.. just exquisite! The flavor was nearly as good.. lightly sour, strong dark fruity notes hit the tongue first with a wash of raisins and warm sourdough washing over the middle.. bitterness was mild-to-medium, but felt like it was stronger initially, with citrus and earth presence.. finished with residual dark fruity sugars and floral bitterness. Heavier-bodied with great balance on the palate.. bitterness was complementary and engaging.. memorable finish. Excellent stuff all around!