omhper (25351) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2006
Draught at the brewpub. Ruby colour, small head. Port-like aroma where the added honey is rather evident. Sweet and thick with massive body and soft mouthfeel. Caramel and syrup dominates, but some grapefruit shines through. Salty finish. Oakes (18199) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
Very deep mahogany colour. The aroma is rich with alcohol, wood, rum, pears...calvados, really, and Christmas fruitcake. Sweet, a bit oily with a molasses, wood, port and demerara profile. The alcohol, shockingly, is a non-factor here. Very sweet finish. Ernest (7746) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Draught, Toronado. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, caramel), with notes of sherry and brown sugar. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, watery/creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Surprisingly malt-heavy aroma, but not in a terribly interesting way. A little biting in the mouth. Ok. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled draught at Pelican Brewing, Pacific CityBrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Ruby mahogany color, moderate carbonation but little head. Nose of spicy hops & honey, brown sugar sweetness, lots of malt here. The flavor is good, very full bodied, spicy & a little hot. Creamy tail. Also: Strawberry, dum dums, boysenberry syrup, very oaky!
(2005 Holiday Ale Fest – Portland, OR)
Storm watchers was a kick in the paints and only have one of these and do not rive. Damn this will kick you in the butt. A strong barley wine that has several complex flavors. There is a strong floral aroma to this beer. A strong malty type brew. I liked this but will only have one. I need to function tomorrow.
jsquire (4537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2006
On tap at the 06 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. This was the 2004 barley wine. Dark amber color beer with a tan head of tight bubbles. Burnt sugar and dark fruit nose. Syrupy smooth beer with a heavy toffee and burnt caramel sweetness. The sweetness and dried fruit notes reminded me of a great bread pudding we had at Glacier Brewhouse the night before. Very nice beer. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 [2004 vintage] Bottle poured at HotD dock sale... Poured dark amber/brown with a tan head. Thick, foamy palate. Caramel flavors and nutty malts, with a little bit of hops. [Like a Christmas cookie with a sweet pastry character]. Cocoa and boozy with a bitter finish. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2006
@ Great Alaskan Barleywine Festival ’06. 2004 vintage. Ok nose, sweet. ABV hits me immediately. Made me think of molasses and raisin. Orangy brown color, small head that faded. Bitter flavor, kind of harsh, like aroma. I noted a bourbon scent too. Medium body, viscous oily mouthfeel, bitter roasty finish. I didn’t like this one that much. Thought it was still too brash. Looking at others I guess most didn’t get that. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2005
On tap at the Pelican Brewery. Let me start this off by saying they charge you six dollars for a glass of this, and its only a 10oz glass, argggg, lets just say I was expecting much better. Pours a very dark brown, red hues when you hold it up to the light, with a fast falling off-white head. Taste is very sweet, big toasty richness to it, tastes of honey and brown sugar, with a big hop finish. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
I am told this was the employees favorite out of all the vintages. I liked this one the least, that is not to say it is not a wonderful barleywine because it is, I just thought the strong flavor of honey overpowered everything and took away from the complexity of some of the other oustanding flavors of this vintage. The alcohol is also very present in this one. Very sweet mouthfeel, caramel, toffee nuttiness, fruitcake, molasses and maple syrup and of course honey. Over the top