notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
 This is an odd barleywine. It shares a lot of characteristics of a doppelbock - the big maltiness, the caramel flavor - but it also has the fruity esters of a barleywine - I was surprised by the almost total lack of hops considering this is a west coast brew - the alcohol could be masked a little better, but the sweetness is perfect, not even near cloying - this isn't great, but I suspect with some more age it might get close. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours orange\brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, citrus, and fruit. Flavor is smooth, sweet, caramel, fruit, citrus, with a hoppy bitter finish. Good body, damn good brew. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Just a small head that quickly vanishes. Looks like iced tea. Smells like dates and flowers. Very smooth for the ABV with just a hint of heat, a well crafted beer. One fine Barley Wine. My only complaint is the not entirely pleasant aftertaste. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Bottle 2004: Brown pour with minimal head. Aroma was roasty, alcohol, some spice and molassas. Flavor was a lot of sweet malt, some bittering hops, but they were fading. The alcohol was still there, but it was pretty solid. BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2006
12 oz. bottle 2006 version
Aroma: Very malty nose with sugars and alcohol beneath
Appearance: Muddy red brown with a nice head of medium sized tan bubbles and minor lacing
Flavor: Caramel and chocolate malts are pronounced with an alcohol bite
Palate: Malty and dry. The best thing about this beer though is it is not as dry as you would expect with a 13.25% content. I did a double take when I read it on the label as I expected an elevated number but not that high!
Overall: Well done on a finely crafted brew. I enjoyed it much and would like to try it again. I find it very interesting that some people are saying it was clear red when the one I had was very murky which others have stated too.
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2006
2005 vintage. The aroma on this beer sold me on it’s merits before it even got 1/2 way to my mouth. Strong and warm, with very low phenolics for a beer this young. Good carbonation as well that brings the hop bittering and aroma out as it bubbles. I am going to try this vintage again in a year or two to see how it goes. Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Moleasses on the nose..pepsi-colored...alcohol covered very well...finish leaves tiny bubbles in da mouth...:o SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 In the bottle at my 2006 Barleywine tasting. This was the 2004 vintage. Pours dark amber with a thin vaporous head. Huge alcohol nose. Some caramel and chocolate to the nose, but mostly alcohol. A semi-sweet malt taste is hidden behind a burning sensation all down your gullet. Very astringent. Has a harsh palate. Slight black cherry taste, prunes and brown sugar. Bitter hop residual finish. update 6/2008: 2008 vintage. reddish amber with a thin white head. nose is fruity and alcohol. has the aroma of paint thinner. lots of heat. burns all the way down. oranges, chocolates, figs, this is a very strong beer. the alcohol is too unbalanced right now and should be put away for a while. Hansen (8615) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
A real strong ale: 11,4 abv. Dark amber and a bit unclear. Has a yellow-reddish head, big for a start but not very lasting. Aroma of sweet laqurice, and some smoke, nice. Oily palate. Flavor is fatty and somehow sweet, laqurice again? vyvvy (6735) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2007
2006 @ 13.25% - Pours rich bronze with a fizzy soapy tan head. The aroma has lots of caramel and toffee like malt that is very thick and rich. Quite musty with some abv warmth. There is also a light amount of pine / woody hops. Medium / thick body with a moderate amount of sharp carbonation that is between soft and sharp. The flavor starts with lots of thick malt like in the aroma, some abv warmth, but for the actual content is is not bad at all. The finish has some spice and a kick to it. This is a good barleywine, but certainly doesn’t blow me away. It continues to get sweeter further down the glass.
2005 @ 11.4% - The malt is must mustier with less hops as well. There is not much carbonation to speak of at all and has more alcohol burn even through there is less in the beer and it is a year older. Not nearly as lush or rich as 2006 and has considerable more bite.
The rating is on the 2006 version only.