Pinball (12329) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2011
cloudy amber smooth offwhite head aroma is hoppy caramelly, malty. 6 flavor is malty, barley wineish, flowery. Solid. beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle 2011 10.14% abv. Deep red pour with tan head. Scent of fruit and brown sugar. Taste is a sweet bitter balance. Nice chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Straight forward barleywine, so good... Pours a clear medium copper, good carbonation... Nose of hops with some whopper malt, sweet, this would be unreal barrel-aged... Taste is great, smooth, so drinkable. Kept going back for this. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
22 oz bottle
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Thanks to buffalohead (Jeff) for bringing this back on a recent trip. A fresh barleywine it was a nice mixture of hops and malts brought together with enough depth to make it interesting. Given that I had no expectations it exceeded them greatly. I don’t know what this goes for but anything less than $12.99 a bomber would be a fair price in my mind. I might just have to track down a bottle of the 2009 release for comparison’s sake.
Aroma / Appearance - The maroon ruby red body was pretty dark for a barleywine. Creamy head the color of muddy snowflakes sat on the edges. Warmth radiated not only from the glass but was present in the aroma too. Caramel blended with the smell of the earth around a fire pit. Malts and hops played evenly off one another. Heavy yet not cloying it was smooth.
Flavor / Palate - The fluid first impression was a solid blend of fresh hops and chewy malts. Lingering on the throat with a focused intensity it does not immediately fatigue the palate. Instead it comes in waves like the sea water eroding a beach. There’s no subtlety to its goals. However it also doesn’t try to show everything at once. Reflecting on this beer I’d say that think Olde Hickory may be a brewery which deserves further attention.
(22oz bottle gold wax thanks to Mora2000) clear but extremely rich color of deep amber/copper. Nose of bourbon, sweet caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, light oranges and hops. Taste of caramel, light bourbon, honey, toasty grain and a bit of orange bitterness. Oily body, semi-carbonated and a linger of alcohol.
MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Dark chesnut color, thin creamy white ring. Orange, fertilizer, sugar, and booze in the nose. Bit of oxidation in both nose and flavor, light cardboard, bit of chocolate in the finish. Thin body, light carbonation. Too many off flavors for what seems fairly straightforward. blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2010
2010 bottle, thanks to mora2000, amber color with tan foam, aroma is fruity caramels with a flavor somewhat Scotch, smooth whiskey, caramel and marshmallow bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2010
(22oz bottle, 2010 vintage, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of plum, raisins, caramel, orange, and peat. Flavor of caramel malt, raisins, plum, some chocolate, and toffee. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Cherry red with tan head and lace. Dried fruit, brown sugar, and abv. Brown sugar, abv, and a good hop bitter. Thin medium bodied with good carbonation, good beer Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2010
The beer pours a red color with a white head. The aroma is brown sugar, molasses and roasted malt. The flavor is brown sugar, alcohol, chocolate, molasses, maple syrup and vanilla. A very complex, but still drinkable barleywine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.