tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Average looking beer- red color, maybe on the brown side of red, with a small white lacey head. A lot of alcohol in the aroma, but it doesnt mask the other smells- which include grapes, caramel, sweet malt, and hops. The palate is thick, creamy (almost sticky). The flavour matches the aroma pretty well, especially the caramel and grapes, and the alcohol doesnt dominate here but instead complements the flavours nicely. There is nothing subtle about the aroma/flavors of this one- its strong, full bodied and complex. I really enjoyed it! pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 2005 bottle. Pours a clear deep redbrown with a very thin offwhite head. There’s a lot of alcohol in the nose, but it’s as though the alcohol is carrying new aromas to my nose, not just fighting with the usual suspects. Huge caramel malt obviously, leather, a bit of bubble gum, and some very light floral to fruity aromas. Sudsy in the mouth, this is a beer that demands to be kept in the mouth for a good while as the alcohol warming sets in. The flavors are bolder on the tongue than I would’ve first thought, while the alcohol is an afterthought. A big sweet sticky malt backbone with creamy to floral flavors filling out hte profile. Some strong herbal, mint and maybe anise flavors sneak in. I’m guessing the lingering bitterness is thanks to some forward thinking liberal hopping that must have made this a hop bomb a bit earlier on, but now provides a great backdrop for the malt and alcohol to play within. I really liked this bold barleywine.
2002 bottle (Dec. 12 2006) In many ways a different barleywine. Slightly murky redbrown with a sizeable tan to off white head, that disappears quickly. The nose is big with malt, but it doesn’t smell quite so huge. Leather, some light dark fruits, especially raisin, are detectable, no hops. The palate seems a bit thin for the style, but not sudsy like the 2005 I had. Still nice, especially with the warming. The flavors are well contructed. Port like dark fruit flavors predominate. There’s malt, but it’s so subdued compared to the fruity flavors. Hints of molasses, but predominantly port in the finish. There’s a bit of hops that gets you towards the end of the finish and in the aftertaste, though the aftertaste is dominated by woody flavors and alcohol. But this is deifnitely one of those beers than thrives on the alcohol. I’m glad I found a 4 pack of this stuff! I’m giving this another point in the overall, as I really enjoyed this vintage. I hate to say it, but it tastes a tiny bit like the Sam Adams triple bock, but without the nasty aspects, so I think I’ll drink this down soon! 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 (17234) - 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 (15256) - 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 (1872) - 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 (1183) - 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?