DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2006
2004 bottle. Complex aromas with malt basednotes of molasses, caramel, some chocolate, comlemented by some herbal and spicy hops. Rich and chewy mouthfeel leaving a resinous coating. Sweet malt flavors dominate with caramel, toffee, and molasses. Peppery and piney hops balance the sweetness. and help to dry out the finsih which nonetheless remains a little on the sweet side. Satisfying and complex, best enjoyed after it warms. Not as hoppy as many American barley wines, but more like a traditional English example. paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours deep amber with perhaps some orange when held up to light. Strong floral aroma with licorice and toffee. The flavor just doesn’t do it for me -- soysauce taste throughout. xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle. Needs warming. Beautiful active brown with barleywine head-ring. Rum raisin luden’s coughdrop aroma. Nice michal lace. Chocolate rum cake! Sloppy liquid creamy, sweet, thick like cake. Delightful. Plan to take your time with this one. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2006
2005. Bottle pours a clear, very dark amber brown color with a small, frothy, light brown, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is warm, sweet and oh-so inviting: malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with moderate notes of herb; yeasty with light notes of damp basement, moderate notes of dough; miscellaneous components include heavy notes of raisin/date, moderate note of cognac, moderate note of alcohol, light note of vanilla and green apple, traces of smoke and oak/wood. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter with a long, deeply tummy-warming, moderately bittersweet finish. The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively. Not as lush in the mouth as the aroma promised—kind of a downer. jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2006
a thicker than expected bber this one is damn good. great malt combo and a good grab if you can catch it in its limited release
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2006
2001 vintage 12 oz bottle via trade with alanc - Thanks Alan! - Pours dark amber brown with not much of a tan head but enough to leave a little lacing. Aroma is raisins, prunes, caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate. Flavor is much as the aroma. Big notes of dark fruits and a good malt background. Not a big hop presence at all but that could be due to the age. Smooth and mellow yet full bodied for a barleywine. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Nice brew! jcr (2692) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2006
Bottle. 2004. Dark amber pour with fizzy head that drops to nothing in seconds. The nose was leathery with notes of peat at first, but then became filled with fruits and sugar. The flavor is complex — earth, peat, sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, dried figs, plums. The alcohol is dominant by the end of the sip along with a peppery bitterness. Medium to full body and a clean mouthfeel with only a slight stickiness. Excellent. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 5, 2006
2003 bottle. Ruddy reddish brown pour with small beige head. Strong vineous aroma. Fruity, alcoholic, chocolatey, mellow, malty. Some alcohol still evident, fairly malty with some defined hop presence. Well balanced, strong raisin presence, very port like. I like it. KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2006
Pours out a redish dark. Carbonation was soft but there till the last drop. No lacing in this one. Smells wonderful for a barley wine. It smells like a fruit basket a old shit would get for their birthday, like prunes, prunes and spice.
The taste is there! You have to try this one. My body warmed up instantly. I could taste everything. The main were sweet fruit, malt, alcohol and bitterness at the end. I drank it at room tep. and it was very good. 11.4%, 2003 can8ianben (1538) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2006
wow, this one is over the top. loads of big bold malt flavour, but also some nice warm alcohol subtlties. Its black as night, deep and dark, just really terrific. Very nice and bold.