chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
2004 Bottle. Nice rich barleywine, dark pour with almost no head. Heady cinnamon and spice aroma. Mouth has a bit too much alcohol on it, but other flavors are quite good. yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2006
Bottled. It has a nice, dark red color and a small beige head. No carbonation. Wonderful aroma with beef-stock, some alcohol, hops and malty sweetness. The flavor starts off quite sweet, followed by lots of hops, and then alcohol. Full, sweet body. Maybe a bit too sweet, even though there is a lot of hops in it. A beer I would like to see here in Norway, I could open a bottle, pour it in a glass, and then spend an hour or so, just smelling it. (060428) gunnfryd (14872) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2006
Bottled. Rousty red with a beige head. Aroma is lacegist with malt, hop and alcohol. Flavour is roastedlaqerish, hop, and caramel. Bitter finish. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 2005. Surprisingly carbonated. Good head, but dissipates real fast. Burgundy in color, relatively translucent. Smells a bit metallic unfortunately. Lots of alcohol in the nose, and a lot of raisins. Not as malty in flavor as I expected. Quite dry in fact. This leaves the alcohol very accessible, but it’s more a flavor complement than a flavor on its own. It’s good, that is. But I got a feeling it won’t be as the beer warms further. Almost a thin mouthfeel, the profile is quite quick and the finish brief. A nice variation from the normal malty monster that is your usual American barleywine. Yeah, this is almost English. For once to a beer’s advantage. as final notes, a) didn’t get worse as it warmed, and b) very surprised to see the other ratings discuss hops and malts so much. my beer was very straightforward. clearly, the sum is greater than the parts. tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2006
2005. 12 ounce bottle coutesy of Saarlander.
Poured into a snifter, very clear, garnet, with next to no head. The nose presents some toffee, toast, cherry, and mucho alcohol. Very, very malty right to the end. Then the hop bitterness cliched your tongue, then a long alcohol burn takes over. Probably should have been laid down, but I really felt like a booze bomb this evening. Thanks Aaron.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2006
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Saarlander, thanks Aaron.ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 30, 2006
pours a murky brown with one of the fastest fading heads I’ve ever seen. had the classic BW malt taste with a bit of an unusual hop bite on the finish. but what seemed strange at first, I was digging by the time it was half gone. nice BW!
2004. Fruity nose of alcohol, brown sugar, and flowers. Pours a hazy ruddy brown. The
smallish frothy beige head is fully diminishing and leaves no lace. The bold flavor is warm
and slightly sweet & sour. The finish is peppery. Overall a subtle brew but a stronger
alcohol presence than I generally prefer. The medium body is fizzy and feels alcoholic at
the finish. redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle labeled 2005.
Very dark [pretty much brown] Very little tanish head that soon vanishes to a thin wisp around the edge of the glass, no lace. Served at a slightly cooler temp than the recomended room temperature. Very complex flavors that do rather well at this young age. Malty with a nice hop edge. There is a slight alcohol burn at the end. Surprisingly drinkable and i think it will just get better.
I wonder when this finished fermenting, and then was bottled? OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014 2004 vintage
September 2010. Spectacular. Rich toffee with surprising amounts of cocoa. Seems to have done just fine with 6 years in the cellar. I’d go around 4.2 or 4.3
Foxbush (2028) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2006
April 2006 at slightly too cold a serving temperature.
The beer pours a lovely red-brown, garnet with the light shining through it, a small head that fades quickly to a swirl of fine foam at the center of the glass.
The aroma is candied grapefruit and a hint of toffee; the flavor is rich and complex, plenty of sweet toffee, malts that dance and engage, bits of citrus though not the heavy orange muscat we get with many barleywines, and less hop prevalence than I expected. Spices, alcohol warmth, a smooth mouthfeel that massages the tongue.
Marvellous beer, and this one hasn’t even aged. I’m eager to see what this beer does with a few years in the cellar. I’ll be laying this one down in good measure.
September 2007. The grapefruit is all but gone in the aroma; toffee and vanilla dominate the nose now. The flavor is getting very smooth, gently sweet with delightful citrus candy tones, woody in the finish, light well-integrated spices, mild smoky peat bringing a single-malt character, marvellous mouthfeel that is full-bodied and lacking any hint of the alcohol. I’d dial this one in at about 8/4/9/5/17 for a 4.3 one tenth of a point above listed previously.
Cellar temperature. Toffee, spicy single-malt scotch, alcohol a bit more prominent than I remember. Still hovering around 4.3
June ’09 Cellar temp. All toffee and honey, maybe starting to thin out just a bit? Actually getting kind of hot in the mouthfeel, but still very nice. More like 4.0 this time.
Dec ’09Yep, on the downslide. Still darn good, though.
October 2006. Malty nose of fresh-baked whole wheat bread, drizzled with honey and topped off with orange marmalade. The flavor is sweet and candied, toffee and oranges, lots of coconut, grapefruit and ample alcohol , again not as heavy on the hops as one might have expected. This year, it’s gone from 11.4 to 13.2, and it’s just too damn hot (not to mention
[ sadly my ratings were cut off here at some point ] 8/4/9/4/17
2012 tasted Feb 2014. A bit too much burnt caramel and booze. OK but not a 4.2 barleywine.
The 2005 ale is on the East Coast. This was purchased at the Carytown Square in Richmond, VA. The pungent nose was much like home brew aromas. In my youth I made home brews that had a similar aroma when opening the bottle. The color was clear dark amber. It is very attractive. The high alcohol overpowers some its characteristics. It is a drink to sip and enjoy slowly. My beer temperature may have been too cool. It is more like wine than a beer. The hops and malt do express themselves. The finish was a little thin and not as full as some beers that I enjoy. Since this is a vintage type product it should be rated based on the year.