tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
draft and sold in bombers at restaurant. poured med to dark brown/mahogany color. sweet malt aroma, caramel malty sticky, dark fruits. the flavor holds the same sweet. not sure but I would age this for awhile. medium bodied. sticky ooey gooey sweet. lots of dark fruits and sugar. shigadeyo (3761) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2013
8/31/2011: Olde Hickory Irish Walker Barley-Wine Style Ale... Aroma: Caramelized sugars with just a dollop of molasses and floral-citrus hops. Appearance: Brown color with reddish highlights; dark beige bubbles on the surface. Flavor: Caramelized malt and dark brown sugar; mild citrusy-floral bitterness in the middle; hints of roasty malts in the in middle followed by weak coffee candy, floral and earthy hops, and then some coffee grounds and a bit of yummy char. Palate: Average. Overall: Drinks a bit more like a mild American-style barleywine, but that’s okay... It’s still a GOOD beer! This beer has a unique flavor profile.
1 Pint, 5 Fluid Ounce gold-waxed bottle (10.14% alc/vol) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #94 for this beer.
Mine was actually a 2012....Smooth and sweet but without much in the way of distinguishing flavors. Lots of carmel, sticky, not much in the way of hops. Finish is lingering. Good but nothing remarkable. JaBier (8126) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle sampled at Kurt’s Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Clear copper in color with a thin beige head. Caramelly malt nose with some alcohol. Malt and caramel flavor with some chocolate before a dry finish. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
2011 vintage into a Founders 15’th glass. Really digging the wax job with the stamp on top of the cap.
A - Pours a very dark brown body. Look more like a stout than a barleywine. Two fingers of light mocha foam sticks around for a long time. Excellent lacing and retention.
S - Now I know why its so dark. Lots of roasted malts, char, and chocolate combined with the traditional toffee, brown sugar, and raisins. A bit of faded piney hops and some booze
T - Toffee, heavily roasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, and a metallic aftertaste alongside light oxidation. Its pretty tasty but rather lackluster. The mouth feel is great though, rich and creamy.
O - A very roasty barleywine with a lot of good attributes but none that shine too bright. The metallic aftertaste takes its toll and oxidation is starting to creep in. I’m happy to have tried it but it wasn’t exactly memorable.
Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Sample at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: Murky brown color with a medium beige head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lace. Aroma of malt, grain and fruit. Full body with flavors of earthy malt, caramel and a touch of booze. The finish is slightly smoky with a malt and ripe fruit aftertaste. Decent overall. SudsMcDuff (8462) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2013
pours a deep oily brown .. . low foam .. . caramel, dead leaves, maple, and horrible plums .. . quite sweet and quite out of whack .. . not that enjoyable, needs to cleaned up a bit .. . . isn’t illegal to drive with a beer on your roof? Leighton (21859) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Pours clear amber, fine creamy head. Classic American barley wine, lots of bitter pine, some caramel. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, leafy buttress, pine, caramel. Good stuff. A bit bitter, though. Ataraxia (563) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Brown pour, small beige head. Caramel malt, figs, raisins, toffee, and dough. Cloying, sweet, full-bodied, and a strong bitter finish. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2012 bottle. Pour is dark ruby brown with large bubbly tan head. Smell is musty raisins, caramel, old grapes, big malts, earthy. Taste is muddled dark fruits, minor cardboard flavor (not from oxidation me thinks), caramel, earthy hops. Malts do come of nice and creamy. Considering there isn’t too much age on this, I doubt it would be too much different fresh. Good but not great due to too much earthy/cardboard/old basement.