bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2002 vintagethehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Deep red body with a thick tan head. Some lacing.
Smells like a barleywine should, malty and hops. Lots of hops.
Well balanced taste of malt/hop considering the youth of this beer. Satisfying, full body. Alcohol is slightly apparent in the finish.
Very smooth palate with just the right amount of carbonation to liven up this big beer.
One of the better barleywines I've had so far...
I often wonder how to know a beer is a barley wine....malty, hoppy or what? This particular barley wine has a caramel aroma to it. Itís light brown with an almost absent head. Must say I liked itís taste a lot. It clobbers you with a ton of nutty malts in the front end. Just a hint of hops and alcohol in the finish. Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2012
08 vintage!, aroma, basement malty esters, some brown sugarys too.
color, meduim amber hue small white head, glass lacing
taste, Alcohol burn somewhat at first, then the malty profile takes over the age, adds a old funk taste I cant put my finger on it exactly, but its good.
overall, found a 4 pack dating 08 was 12.5 alc by vol., a rich intersting brew! Jimsal27 (291) - New York, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Poured a mahagony color out of bottle. Quick fading head. Aroma is malt, hay, and alcohol. Taste follows nose. Going to lay down my second bottle see if it mellows a bit. Decent ale not worth the price. liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2014 12 oz bottle of 2014 vintage from Whole Foods in Hillsboro, OR. Aroma has brown sugar, tart cherries, leather, and NyQuil. Mouthfeel is thick and robust, with a bitter, boozy, and slightly astringent finish.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2006
2003 wow first thoughtsmells good first tast e sweet not overwhelming alcohol, malty and thick. but damn it is a fine beer. e303 (287) - - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle to snifter. 2014 bottle. Aged three years. Pour is copper with a tiny head. Aroma is malty and caramel sweet, a bit bready. Taste follows through but adds an alcohol burn. Finish is smooth. Good shit.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2008
2007 Vintage. Pours a reddish brown color w/ a creamy head. Aroma is really nice - sweet, with some cantaloupe and a bit of toasty malt. Flavor is malt-forward with some metallic tones. Very dry, lots of spice coming through, including some yummy black pepper. Some noticeable red wine vibes. Not at all the palate you would expect from the aroma, but itís still mighty enjoyable. snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 8, 2004
2002 bottle. Pours a very dark amber, with a small amount of tan head, nice fine lacing. Aroma is dominated by malt and alcohol. Lot of malt in this one, and the hops complement it rather than jumping into the forefront. Alcohol is less noticeable on the palate than it is in the aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Not bad. I had the 2003 vintage and found it some how slightly similar in taste to that of the doghead fish stout. Definetly a lively ale with a unique taste but I have had better.