cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2007
On draft; I asked the servers what they had that was at least as big and bold as the Double Bastard they had, and this fit the bill. Huge flavors, rich mouthfeel, actually sweet for a BW, almost like a peaty smoked Porter. For a BW, it presented very dark, more like a Porter in appearance. Most delicious, though really more of a sipping beer to slowly savor. This is about as big-flavored and hard-hitting a beer as I’ve had. Reportedly made for the Horse Brass’s Don Younger. Livid (49) - - JAN 2, 2012
22oz, Dec 2009 vintage with Don Younger on the label. Pours thick dark brown, 1/2" of tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of vanilla, molasses, slight caramel and figs or dates. Full bodied on the palate, malty vanilla bourbon oak assault with a lingering caramel/vanilla/toffee aftertaste. There’s a slight hint of alcohol, but not much for a big beer. ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 barleywine festival in portland... pours a dark brown with a red hue, no head whatsoever, i think because it was brewed in 1998, it lost most of its carbonation. Strong taste of cedar, burbon, and hops. Smooth as silk and no taste of alcohol whatsoever. awesome barleywine. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours a deep ruby/brown with light tan foam. Smells sweet of caramel, cherries and bourbon with a warmth of alcohol. Tastes sweet and almost salty with strong caramel flavors and hints of aged white cheddar/bacon and ends with a slightly smokey alcohol burn. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2006
This was quite yummy. Lots of dark fruits, raisins, prunes and plums, with just the slightest bit of an almost kenya aa wineyness in the finish. Lots of nice brown sugar and candi notes are present throughout, with some molasses smoothed over fresh bread. Nice spicy hop bit when it is all said and done and I really enjoyed drinking this out of everyting else I tried.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2007
On tap at the Hedge House in Portland, Oregon--Ultra dark brown viscus body with a thin tan-gray gripping head. Potent hops and rich caramel malt nose. Big lacing in glass. Like a grapefruit soaked in chocolate and caramel. Warm, boozy, spicy hop finish. Yum! boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2008
PIB, tap... Poured dark, reddish/brown with a beige head. Aroma is very unique, like bitter, tart cheese and cocoa. Palate is intense and assaults the mouth (one that clears the nasal passage way). Flavors of warming, smooth alcohol while buttery toffee-malt that comes to play, and some bittering hops. Nice to take slow and very enjoyable. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours deep amber with copper edges and tan head. The aroma is a mix of figs, prunes and dates to go along with aged chewy malts and faint wood. Good nose yet a bit modest in strength. Very nice taste that will yield increased goodness with more age. I get musty dusty dates, yams, figs and prunes. Before midway the barrel notes rise up with bourbon, vanilla and oak adding to the complexity. Well balanced flavors that demand additional quaffings. I could sip this all day/night.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Draft at the Horse Brass. This is a big, bold barleywine meant to drink fresh. Pours dark brown with a thick, creamy, dark tan head. Big roasty, toasty, resiny, piney nose. Thick, chewy, creamy body. The nuts, toast, roast, dark malts, dark pitted tree fruits, and sharply resiny hop all work together across a dense and satisfying mid-palate. Nothing too sharp about the hops; they’re not there to age for years; they’re there to enjoy now. It’s a big and very intense PNW style barleywine that would probably age in some interesting ways, but really feels good to go right now, today. Hides the 11% incredibly well. carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2010
on tap at uber tavern at nye celebration. pruney spices aroma with lots of malty sugar in the flavor