frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Honey/amber in color with a holding, cream-colored head (which is an odd feat for tonights cask ales). Sweet citrus and pepper forms a hoppy aroma while ABV reveals late, suggesting that this Barley Wine is quite young. Potency is pleasant & contributes to a dry body. Flavor is rather one-dimensional in its hoppiness and I feel like I’d rather wait ’til this aged to have it in a more mellow state.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007
<font size=-4>On cask at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve of the Living Ales III, Goose Island Wrigleyville 03/03/07</font>
On tap at Piece. Poured a dark, translucent plum with a light off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma picked up lots of sweet fruits, caramel, and other toasty dark sugars.. very sweet and very seductive. Flavor was of very heavy caramel and dark fruit at the base.. other sticky, toasty sugars, floral bitterness, and a bit of alcohol bite toward the back.. quite tasty! Creamy with well-placed floral and fruity bitterness. Great stuff! sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2007
NotLA3. real hoppy. more like an IIPA. some caramel and toffee but even the flavor is still mostly hoppy. definitely didn’t notice any alcohol. i could probably go for trying the non-cask version of this. Zeswaft (1776) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2007
A nice hoppy barleywine a la Old Ruffian. Caramel sweetness and just the right amount of citrus hops. Piece is an awesome brewery. Alcohol was pretty well masked. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Had I not been told differently, I might’ve pegged this as a DIPA. It’s amber colored with a small frothy head. The aroma begins with pine and grapefruit, gradually allowing caramel and alcohol to work their way out. A bit light bodied, but it presented a nice warm caramel, some pulpy fruits, and plenty of hop bitterness in the taste. Nice, especially after the folk at NotLA had us lined up outside on a cold winter night in Chicago waiting for the festival to begin.
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
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Sampled on cask at NotLA. Pours amber colored with a decent head. Malty hoppy aroma balanced out really well with piney grapefruit on one side and carmel on the other. The flavor reflected the nose quite a bit, sweet but not too sweet assertive but not overbearing pine hops. I really enjoyed this. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 on tap, pours cloudy amber/copper color. served way to cold but eventually warmed a nice piney PNW hop nose came forward with some caramel. flavor was an a nicely PNW hopped caramelly bw. very tasty and enjoyable. alcohol was very well hidden. very fun to drink......another sample of this and it’s clearly not worth the 4 I once gave it. A nicely hopped American BW but nothing special.3.8. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2007
2/26/08, 2008 vintage on tap at piece. the appearance wasn’t great as it was pretty murky dark amber with off white head. this version is nicely hopped but is rather vegetal and that overwhelms everything. did they sit on this too long? still enjoyable but wow this isn’t very good at all. i drank behemoth before and after this and it blew it away for sure 3.5.
Poured at the brewery in a tulip glass. Hazy amber, fairly dark, with a light head. Lightly sweet aroma with notes of sweet malt, chocolate and raison. The aroma was really more delicate than I anticipated. The flavor did not disappoint. An interesting combination of malt and vinous sweetness marked noticeably by alcohol. The finish is marked by chocolate, coco, and a bitterness that I would describe as pine like. The finish lingers around for a while too. There is also a light cherry flavor and perhaps some sherry hints. The mouth feel is full and semi-dry at the finish. A drinkable barley wine that I was glad to have tried. Amusing name too…