koleminer20 (3798) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2017
From notes. Enjoyed at the 4th Annual Barleywine Tasting at Nicole’s house on January 28. 22 oz bottle. The pour is a darker coppery orange with a thick cap of light tan head that slowly recedes to a film, leaving a couple spots of lace behind. The aroma is really fruity up front. There is a light tropical fruit and a hint of darker fruits as it develops. The light caramel malts move through a light grassy hop and a bit of grain. It’s interesting, and well balanced. The flavor is much of the same. There is a light earthy hop and a good caramel sweetness behind the fruits. This is an interesting one. Very fruity, but not overly hoppy for an American. I like it. The mouth feel is lighter and softly carbonated with a lingeringly sweet and fruity finish. This is a pretty good American. jb (3301) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Way exceeded expectations. Not one of my favorite styles, usually too sickly sweet. This one has more of a hop edge at the end to dry and balance, more in the American Strong Ale style. Appearance is clear and reddish copper. Thick sudsy white head. Nose of toffee and a bit of butterscotch. Taste is full on sugar daddy. Would try again and might age one. puboflyons (3463) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 17, 2016
From the 650 ml. bottle. Attractive looking mahogany-red pour under a long lasting soft tan head. The aroma is alive with gritty, barley grain, and sweet malts. A slight dark fruit character. No alcohol. Medium to full body. The taste has an acidic malty bitterness thatcoats the back of my throat. I pick up more alcohol in the taste that was evident on the nose. Lingers at the end. JHeath99 (1679) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle shared by Usher. Pours a transparent amber with a slight ring of cream colored head. Aroma and taste of malts, caramel, with a nice booziness. Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours amber with a white head. Aromas of sugar, caramel, and grassy hops. Strong malt backbone, but fairly well balanced. Taste of earthy, grassy, flowery hops and a lingering bitterness. Medium body. It isn’t the biggest barley wine, nor the best. Lacks in complexity.
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Being from Syracuse its nice knowing that when all other Barley wines are out of season you can always get a druid fluid. The funky yeast puts the citrus hop toffee aroma off a bit. The color is a little light, and the palate a little thin. Not as bitter as many making this always ready to drink. I wouldn’t age this one for more than a year or two if I was going to at all. hotstuff (5201) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Backlog rating on 12-25-2012 (Bottle) This beer has a small smooth ivory head with a long retention, amber transparent body, very fizzy, lively, fast rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, hops, sweet, lightly fruity, and alcohol. The flavor is light hop bitterness, semi-sweet, malt, lightly fruity, alcohol, and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is moderate carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer has a slight warming sensation, but the flavor is rather lame for the style. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring a little over a year and a half. Cloudy, dark coppery orange with a 2-finger khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of pears, apples, oranges, mangos, apricots and toffee. Taste of toffee, tangerine, mint, apricot, raisins, apple cider, brown sugar and tart orange. Medium body and high/medium carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
06-Mar-14 (12-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!)Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Cellared for nine years, this beer is showing a lot of the characteristics I love in aged Barley Wines. Lots of toffee, dried apricot, caramel candy, medium-dark toast, and decayed wood, as well as a bit of unexpected bitterness that doesn’t make sense for a nine-year-old Barley Wine. The aromas are as expected, though, with caramely malt, toffee, decayed wood, dried mushroom, and dried apricot and orange. The beer is medium-full in weight, possibly losing some body over the years, and carbonation is medium, but there’s a bit of dusty astringency in the finish. In the glass, it’s a clear, copper-brown color with half an inch of pale-tan head, receding to a thin ring. Overall, this is good, but not great, mostly because of the slightly harsh and misplaced bitterness and the weird mouthfeel in the finish. At this age, though, it’s hard to hold any unusual "defects" against a beer, so a little leniency seems fair.
Sampled at the JRHB bottleshare - would have sworn I had rated this before, but obviously hadn’t. Medium to deep brown. Aroma caramel. Flavor is caramel, toffee, hint of grapefruit accented hops, but this was really all about malt. Nice barley wine.