KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
12 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. Pours a murky, muddy brown. Thin white head that goes away pretty quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel and warming alcohol. First sip is sweet sugars, some roasted notes. As the beer opens up, it gets a bit bitter. The finish is of very strong alcohol and will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Look forward to cellaring this for a couple of years. thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2007
12oz bottle.dark amber with very little head. aroma is pretty malty. flavor isnt very complex but very full slighty sweet and you can just start to taste the ABV coming through. decent beer. Capa (3298) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 2007. Caramel in color with amber hues and little head. Aroma is sweet malts, floral, spices, and alcohol. A bit weak in the aroma dept. Full bodied. Molasses, sweet malts, cinnamon, dark fruits, and noticeable alcohol. Dry, liquor-like finish. A real nice barley wine. grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Pours a medium brown with a small tan head. Light but complex aroma of fruit and alcohol. Very nice sweetness. Good but alcohol comes through too much. gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2008
dark ruby/brown with a sall whit head. sweet malt and alcohol in the nose. flavor was malty and sweet with an alcohol warmth and a nice touch of bitterness. mouthfeel was medium to full.
djd07 (14508) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2008
On tap at Flying Saucer. Has a very dark ruby color with a thick off white head. The aroma is sweet hops and caramel. Very good lacing on the glass. The taste was syrupy with a lot of alcohol. A good barley wine from North Coast minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2009 Rerate: 6-8-09.
BeerTyrant (6) - USA - APR 1, 2008 does not count
My original bottles from ’07. The aroma has taken something of a dirty note. The harsher flavors have by now become better integrated. Scratch that, this is still pretty rough. Still a lot of punch. Good none the less. I’m gonna dock a 1/10 of a point.
7 4 7 4 15 3.7
Orig. rating: 3-2-08.
Deep reddish color. Sweet malty aroma, maple syrup and berries, alcohol. Very firm bodied. Cherry cough medicine flavor (tylenol), stiff woodsy hops. Lots of earthy and berry flavors. Quite impressive even though I’m not a huge fan of the style.
7 4 7 4 16 3.8
07 bottle. My first barley beer, so I don’t have anything to compare to. Pretty tasty, poured ruby brown with a reddish-tan head. Tasty, I can tell the complexity, but not sure what to look for.
Pretty nice though. mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
When I bought this, I thought it was an Old Ale. Nevertheless, it was a fine barley wine. Plenty of yummy malts and richness. bigtaster (979) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2008
2007 vintage in snifter. Immediately dissipating beige head basically nothing. Nice honey color with burgundy hues. Strong malt aroma, grapes, maple, other dried fruits, some alcohol. Quick hit of bitter vinous flavors dissipating into a long warming slightly less bitter finish. Medium body with warming alcohol. Good.