boFNjackson (4230) - 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. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Enjoyed at Long Haul Barley Wine Tour in Portland, Oregon--Poured a rich ruby color with a small but luxurious brown-grey head. Notes of big malts, robust hops, and roasty coffee and chocolate. Finished on the sweet side. Very potent and boozy. Good stuff. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Tap @ Toronado 2005 barley wine festival. Ruby color with a laced tan head. Very Smooth with chocolate and pleasant fruit flavors without the bitterness I expected. 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 Oakes (19426) - 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.
omhper (25956) - 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. OldGrowth (3665) - 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. jsquire (4677) - 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. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2005
(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.
Linc (740) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2005
One hell of a fat, over the top brew. I can just imagine sipping this out of a snifter in front of a fire on a winters night. Smooth buttery aroma with a hint of honey. Massive mouthfeel, strong alcoholic presence knocks your senses out a bit, but it is still surprisingly smooth. Would make a great cellar beer.