imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Tap. Pour is deep amber/ruby with a fluffy off white head. Aromas of caramel, rasins, and dark fruits. This beer is full of hops, toffee, caramel, and sweet candied fruits. Awesome BW here. RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2011
cloudy, amber, orange, brown, alcohol, caramel, medium body,.. worth a try. happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2003 Nice slightly transparent dark reddish.orange brew.minimal head and some lace.Smells malty/plumy/slightly chcolate taste w/ a twang of alcohol.Nice and smooth on the palate The best barleywine I've had thus far.Much more balancd that an overly hopped bigfoot.11.4% well hidden w/ a nice slightly roasted chocolate tease that helps it out a lot.Nice finish.The bottle smells like a desert-like treat once fully settled into this top notch barley...wine ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
FROM NOTES: August 12, ’12. 2002 version tasted.
Poured from a cellared 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip, with MUCH anticipation!
A: HUGE wine smell, I get plum notes, some toffee notes and a slight alcohol burn.
A: Pours a cloudy, almost opaque walnut-hue with very little head and no lacing. Murky is the word here.
T: WOW! Incredible, other-worldly complex beer. Intense flavors cascading on the palate like a Greek dinner in a family restaurant on Crete. Strong merlot flavors keep surfacing, but the overall smoothness dominates.
P: Medium body with extremely mild carbonation.. Silky, mildly astringent. The finish is moderately dry.
O: Without a doubt, the SMOOTHEST barley wine I’ve ever had! I was scared to drink a 10 year old beer, and the pour was so murky it only heightened the anxiety. The first taste quelled all fears and I was instantly struck by how smooth and refined the taste was, despite it’s overwhelming complexity. The high ABV creates a waming that improves the overall taste and reminds that the beer is to be taken VERY seriously. WOW! I’m a lucky dude..... Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Draft at redlight redlight. Pours a dark amber with a tight light tan head. Strong notes of brown sugar and molasses as well as a lot of booziness on the nose. The flavor is sweet and sharp with a definite pungency. Some liquorice in the aftertaste. Really not very good until it warms, but then it is very nice.
scotchzi (372) - Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Pour is a darker brown not much head. smell is kinda sweaty salty and figgy.
Taste is figgy a little ripe pear little hay good mouthfeel. lots of alcohol though. Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2004
2003 Bottle. This stuff was young, but the potential was apparent ... and it was still delicious regardless. Nice chewy malt tones in the appearance and flavor. Some residual sweetness but excellent hop presence. Slightly more balanced towards the malt and maybe a wee bit underhopped as I worked my way to the bottom of the glass. Noneltheless, I would definitely drink more and I look forward to aging a few. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2/21/04. On draft at Toronado Barley Wine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/21/04. 2002 Vintage. Pours a red-amber color with lumpy, very rocky, off-white head that dissipates. Lacing is chunky and scatters. Floral pine aroma, hopped to the max almost like a double IPA. Flavor is of dead IPA hops, falling off into a flat and sort of boring mess. Sort of a veiled, buttery malt action in there as well, but there’s not enough. Full body, flat. Very soft, creamy texture, but all the action is gone. Very cool and silky sensation in the mouth. Very nice feel. I just wish it tasted better. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 2004 vintage.
Pours a brownish/red with a half inch off-white head that quickly fades away to a thin ring that leaves a decent amount of lace. Pretty nice considering the high abv.
Smell; dark sweet cherries and a little bit of apples, rich chocolate and caramel. There’s also a presence of alcohol in the nose that mingles pretty well with averything alse.
Taste; the rich caramel malts jump out with the initial sip, but then the darks fruits kind of slide in there without being overly sweet. The alcohol has a presence in the flavor, but it’s not biting or overwhelming. The year this has had to sit has mellowed out the hop bitterness quite a bit without developing any off tastes from oxidation. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit with such a high abv.
A very enjoyable sipping beer, that I would highly recommend.
mpersinger (366) - , California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2010 Vintage 12 oz bottle drank very differently tonight compared to when I imbibed in 2010. This poured vibrant amber with an audible crack from the carbonation then it quickly went flat (but drank sparkly). Aroma is like a rich ruby port and a sweet cola. Flavor notes of brown sugar, molasses and specialty malt with a slight jolt from alcohol warming. Barely medium-lean in body. Drinkable and refined.