MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
Any first impressions?StewardofGondor (1933) - 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 (7502) - 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! sebletitje (10475) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2009
Tap @ Hamiltons, San Diego.
Pours dark brown, beige head.
Aroma is malty, caramel, dark fruits.
Taste, dark fruits - fig, caramel malts, thick mouthfeel, some good alcohol with a fruity finish, some brown sugar.
One fine tasty barley wine.
JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle shared by someone at "Drink for Charity" event at Rattle N Hum. Deep brown beer with heavy garnet highlights. Sweet caramel and rich chewy sweet fruits. Rich sweet hoppiness, light caramel and brown sugar. Intensely sweet chewy maltiness and a sticky resiny finish. Lightly hoppy and piny with a lingering fruitiness. Classic Californian barleywine, and a fine example at that. ekstedt (7005) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle (65 cl), thanks larsniclas. Clear copper, medium beige head. Nutty, caramelly and syrupy aroma with light spicy hops and fudge. Medium bodied and smooth. Dry finish with moderate bitterness. Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Sampled at Lithy’s Septemberfest Tasting. Nice dark chestnut clear pour with tan small head. Nose of sweet plums and very mellow alcohol. Solid example. Very nice barleywine/ riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Cookie dough, orange candy, caramel. Light tobacco, earth. Amber orange pour, thin white ring around the edges. Fruity flavors, good amounts of orange candy, caramel, little iced tea, nice sweet/dry balance. Drinkability is high for style. Enjoyable. AdamDaily (9) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010 does not count
I loved this barleywine. It’s sweet, but I like a real sweet brew from time to time. It’s a nice dark brown, with a full body and thick mouthfeel. The aroma leaves something to be desired; that’s where the alcohol makes itself known. The first taste Is caramel, fig, toasted nut, and a dull orange flavor (not tangy.) As I progress through the beer, there’s more coffee there. I didn’t find the finish very dry at all. It’s a pretty sticky brew the whole way through. It’s highly drinkable/enjoyable, and despite the fairly high ABV, I never felt like I was getting my ass kicked. Fantastic.