ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2007
Bottle from Andrew. Thanks. I havent had a barley wine in quite some time, and after drinking the Port Old Visc, I couldnt resist trying something else. This one looked weird at first, as it seemed almost a yellow color, but as the glass filled it slowly became more orange in color. Little bit of a white head on top of it. Smell is hoppy and has a little bit of smoked notes to it, with some citrus orange fruits. Taste is smooth and fruity, with a nice grassy flavor and hop bitterness. Smooth and pleasing, not a bad beer really. No point to age it, its good where it is. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2007
Thanks to Oakes for sending this one my way. Deep orange coloured beer with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet caramel and fruity cherry. Lots of fresh hoppy aroma over the sweet malts. The flavour is fairly peppery with a good amount of bitterness on the back. The malts are bright and clean. Some soft orange peel and light candyish aromatics. There is a good interplay of sweet pale malt, some nice fruity complexity and loads of piny hops. Good balance and I think it will age well. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2007
Lighter colored for a barley wine, more of a light bronze or copper. Rich mouthfeel. Mild, mediocre flavors. Hints of tobacco leaves and dried caramel, red apple and highland scotch whisky. Don’t enjoy the flavors too much, to be blunt. Aromas are a little lacking as well, although it might be the most enjoyable element. An ok BW. BillKismet (4041) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Luscious apricot appearance and fairly carbonated for a barley wine. Lovely candi peach and malt aroma. Pleasant, mellifluous mouthfeel, but with a sharp hop bite. This brew would profit from continued aging as it is quite green. The potential will be unlocked once the hops mellow and the malt develops. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Pale colored barley with a frolicsome cool head. Hoppy, tawdy big beer. Had this on draught at Oaks Bottom in Sellwood. The bottle price of this beer in stores is an unsubtle overtax.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 12 oz Bottle thanks to Dr. Bill. Ecto-cooler aroma, with rising cold fruit. Still amber pour. Carbonation alights in the moth, with a quickly decen malt move into scortching hop heat. The fusels burn over a pile of fuming hop cones. Piney and dry. Fins nips of scotch and tar among the ruins. Bigfoot inspires. Dries nicely and then torches the back of the throat. Will age nicely. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
Luminescent bright amber appearance. Chewy, earthy...and big. The usual brown sugars, earthy hops and chewy caramels. Decently made, archetypal barley wine. Damnit, I waited 15 years for this! BeerandBlues2 (13199) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle provided via trade with Larry Pitonka. Pours hazy dark orange with a spare fizzy light brown head, moslty diminishing, spare lacing, lightly cloudy. Aroma is average malt (caramel, nutty), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (dough, sweat, soap) with notes of alcohol and peach. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, harsh acidity and bitterness. raphael (1239) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2007
smokey meat smell in the pub makes aroma difficult-- caramel, hops, peat smoke, lemon. almost sticky on the tongue but good carbonation (on tap at Oaks Bottom). blushing amber body with white head. I taste peches, honey, lemon, buffered bitter. fruity than most batrleywines wihtout the sour esters. alcohol warming. a fine one. (apparently charging a high price at the store for a bottle.) CapFlu (5126) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at Uber Tavern. Pours a thin, white head with a deep orange body. Nose of strong oranges, highly malty. Strong acidic texture hits the tongue. Good orange peel flavour balances with a pleasant malty finish.