CanIHave4Beers (4227) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Enormous thanks to Cletus for reuniting me with the beer that convinced me that Barley Wines weren’t all hot alcoholic messes. This poured strangely clear with tons of floaties, a beautiful brilliant red color with a nice head. Aroma has a good caramel maltiness and a bit of alcohol, and some apple. The flavor still has some nice hops in there surprisingly enough, with a nice cherry and caramel, alcohol is there but it is very well balanced. I hope the Iced barley wine is this good aged. This stuff is exquisite. ketchepillar (1199) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Shakeyfest 09. Huge thanks to Andy! So many floaties but who cares. Rather sweet like an aged barley wine, no surprise. Good malt complexity. Dries up well with some alcohol kick -nice- on the tongue in the finish. Bit of good tang. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of sugar, alcohol, malt, toffee and a hint of citrus. Taste of caramel, alcohol, sugar, honey and mild fruit. Body is a bit sticky and it warms a bit on the finish. Pretty good stuff and it has seem to have aged nicely. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
Liquid Sunshine V. Murky medium amber with bright caramel highlights and tons of floaties. Slim tan rim. Big boozy, peachy nose. Creamy medium body with caramel, biscuit, and peach. Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Nice amber, no head. Aroma is alcohol, toffee, dried fruit, light malt.
Taste is very candy-esque, light toffee, alcohol, light oxidation.
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2009
YeAH 2008. thanks Blake: Floaties in this amber hued beer topped by an okay head. The aroma has notes of carmel, toast, apple, pear, peat, oxidized paper and mineral as well. The taste starts spicy and herbal with twangy fruit note. This finish is roasted and a touch doughy. The mouth feel is oily and sticky, aggressive alcohol note, non too shabby. A bit old but drinkable, I doubt this will continue to improve for years. Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours an amber color with a thin ring of off-white head. Aroma is citrus, brown sugar, and caramel malts. Taste is caramel malts, brown sugar, and some spicy hoppiness. grandridge (228) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2008
2005 Vintage Pours cloudy orange with floaties. Aroma is sweet citrus and alcohol. Flavor is good sweet with a smooth malt flavor. Alcohol is hardly noticable in the flavor. Carbonation has faded away as well as the hop profile. This brew handles ages nicely and Im glad I got a couple more to enjoy later. theisti (4206) - Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2008
12 oz bottle generously shared by Indra. 2005 Vintage. Pour is mostly clear orange golden. No head to speak of. Aroma of soft caramel, floral, grass, just really soft and delicate. Very inviting nose, just lovely. Taste is caramel malt sweetness, honey, with floral notes. There is a green apple fruitiness as well. Nice, though not as sharp as the nose. Palate is big, mouth coating, completely satisfying. Thanks Eric. Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2008
2005 bottle shared by Indra. Pours a dark golden orange with a creamy beige skin. The nose is of fruity hops over a solid malt backing: pineapple, apple and caramel malt. Medium to full-bodied with assertive carbonation and a mildly bitter finish. The flavor is a round, sweet, honey-like malt with a fruity hop backing. An interestingly different barley wine. Thanks for the opportunity to try this one, Eric.