j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2017
On cask at the brewery. Pours a hazed amber with a medium sized white head. Soft malt with a touch of a floral note, pineapple. Medium bodied, pineapple, soft malt, warming alcohol. Slow bitterness, sticky malt, long citrus. Sammy (12984) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub. Lightly carbonated, 11.8% abv on this batch. Splendid aroma of a barleywine, as if aged. Medium orange with a white head, and lacey. Served appropriately at room temperature. Drinkable, it’s well-malted. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
Firkin at the brewery. Pours muddy medium brown color, with minimal head. The nose is great, a lot of caramel malt, figgy fruit, pear, apple, peach, plus solid hops, brown sugar, and slight cheddar cheese. Fairly dense palate, and very complex, with flavor notes of bready caramel malt, pear, apple, figs, hops, and some slight rauchy earthy notes. Some minor astringency and heat show up at the last dregs, but that just adds to this ones allure, in my opinion. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 07/24/20073fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2007
hazy dark amber, wispy beige head,
sweet dark caramel and chocolate aroma with a great rich fruity character,
thick creamy body,
very rich malt flavor, lots of dark caramel, lots of dark fruits, a touch of warming alcohol, sticky sweetness,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 2008 version
SudsMcDuff (8539) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
* June 2008, cask @ brewery. Hazy rich and dark amber copper color. Intense nose of fresh, sugary hops and Belgian candy sugar and sticky, rich, sweet licorice malt. Flavor is intense, sticky candy sugar (but not overly sweet) and sharp, dry, grassy hops. Thick and vinous, incredibly fresh and vibrant on the palate. Very good. Probably in the 3.9-4.2 range.
* March 2007, cask at the brewery. Murky brown and red colored body. Nose of spoiled apples (in a good way), doughy and sour brown sugar, Belgian sugar, sticky plums and bread. Flavor is amazing, rich, delicate, smooth, thick, lightly sweet red apples, bitter in the back only. Resiny and delicious, closer to an old ale than an American barley wine.
* July 2007 update
So this has been on cask for a few months now, and it’s changed quite a bit. The body is lacking - read illinismitty’s comments about it having "wet grains". That’s exactly what I found in the cask pint I had on July 29, 2007. It was no longer smooth and creamy like back in March and April, rather it was wet, undercarbonated and "soggy". Still, though, it was very tasty, don’t get me wrong. Just not the same. Their high gravity cask ales usually only are available for 3-5 weeks, not 4 Months like Old Fugget this year.
Served through handpump @ Otto’s brewpub, in the not closed down location location, in State College,PA .. . deep murky bog brown .. . amazing foam! .. . soft carbonation .. a pretty hefty beer, quite hot- strong honey and heaps of malt .. a beer that is hard to get through a glass of .. . . Acclaimed!? I oughta replace it right now with a Chinese cartoon where the robots that turn into... blingwads! JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Sample at the brewpub. Cloudy orange/copper pour with a thin off-white head. Boozy nose that’s kinda solventy with some corn and soft fruit. Boozy flavor (although not as solventy) with some apricot and barley. FROTHINGSLOSH (8272) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a caramel-chestnut color with a small tan head. The aroma was ripe fruits and molasses. The flavor was sweet, tangy, fruity and bitter with hints of caramel and pear. There was a long sweet, fruity and tangy finish. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
On tap at the brewpub on 4/9/07: Pours a dark copper mahogany with a thin ring of white head. Sweet, complex fruity caramely malty aroma has a touch of butterscotch. Body starts thick, viscous and sweet with a touch of aged dark and light fruity complexity toward a slightly warming finish. A very nice barleywine. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Many thanks to Mike for the nip Poured medium, mostly clear orange with looser bubbles riding the surface for head.. loved the coloration here. The aroma was strong and vibrant with candied toffee, pears, mangos, and green raisins.. sweet and warm with the alcohol only amplifying.. sweet and exciting The flavor had dry toffee, green raisins, and a candi sugar-ish sweetness with exotic fruit skin tartness almost in lieu of bitterness.. alcohol warms up the back-end and provides a peppery impression on the finish.. carried through light fruity sweetness and a little more raisin. Heavier-bodied with very low carbonation that helped coat the palate well.. moved slowly but surely through the mouth, becoming crisp at the end and finishing very well. I can’t tell you the last time I had a barley wine like this.. the fruity notes paired with an elaborate use of English toffee provided a welcome departure from everything else I’ve tried lately. I just wish it was available around here.