Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Greenlife Grocery in Asheville, purchased in March 2010 and opened 10/12/10. I was doing a bunch of admin work on NC beers, so I needed to crack one. This one pours a clear ruby red color with a medium tan creamy head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Toffee aroma with notes of berries, spices, hops and brown sugar. The taste is toffee, brown sugar, bitter citrus hops, plums, faint spicy notes and a faint bit of roastiness. Medium-full bodied. Good beer. I’m a sucker for brown sugar, which they add to this, so I’m digging this one quite a lot. mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - OCT 19, 2010
Draft at the brewery. It has a slightly cloudy orange appearance with a thin layer of white head. Hugely hoppy aroma with note of grapefruite. Big flavor of hops, tasty. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
8/26/2008. 22oz bomber from April ’08 from turdferguson. Clear dark amber with a one finger beige head. Aroma of fall leaves, brown sugar and some alcohol. Flavor is alcoholic with brown sugar, fall leaves again, and some light cereal grain. Dry finish, bitterness at a 4. Moderate to high carbonation with a full body. Not that great. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
750ml bottle. The pour yields a clear copper-brown body with a tall, creamy head of khaki tinted foam. Showing good retention, that head leaves skinny snakes and flares of lacing on the glass. Aromas are based in brown sugar and sticky caramel malt, showing sweet, hinting at figs, dates, and various other dark fruits. There’s a hint of nuttiness in there as well. Hops are primarily earthy, and they lend a nice edge to the otherwise malt driven nose. Flavors are largely the same, again based in caramelized brown sugar and some dark toffee, with maybe a touch of light molasses. Dried figgy fruit malts show a touch of welcomed oxidation, as hops come across earthy, with just a touch of pine. The palate sports medium-plus substance and lively carbonation (perhaps a bit too lively, in fact). Alcohol is noticeable and warm, but not overly aggressive. Overall, it’s a pretty solid barleywine. There are no fatal flaws, but it’s not a jaw dropper either. Good brew. drfabulous (8591) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2010
22 ounce bottle probably bought at Bruisin Ales. High ABV not totally hidden, but who cares. Sweet barley wine that is very nice and drinkable - shareable as well - at this ABV. Lovely.
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2008 (I think) 750mL bottle. Poured a lovely shade of clear garnet with a creamy, sticky, well-retained beige head. The aroma was on the sweet side with aged darker fruits, vinous notes, and molasses leading.. almost syrupy, with a hint of aspartame on the back.. the sweetness did mask the warmth well. The flavor found a lot of sugars at the core, with molasses, green grapes, and English toffee at the forefront.. not much bitterness to note, but apparent degradation hinted that there was some a year or two ago.. warmth rode out the finish over a grainy bed of fruit and toffee sugars.. an odd sharper bitterness popped up right at the very end, knocking it down a notch of enjoyment. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation fighting with the sharp stuff at times.. thick and almost chewy over the last fifth or so, making it a little hard to get down.. warmed up the belly.. not bad. zizzybalubba (1886) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Appalachian Vintner in Asheville. Dark amber colored pour with a thin off-white head. Delicious aroma; notes of whiskey, wood, vanilla, and oranges. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side, however. Sugary sweet brown sugar, maple syrup, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is right where it should be for a barley wine of this ABV. It’s too bad the taste did not match the aroma but this is still a good barley wine. DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Bottle. Pours the color of maple syrup with a nice sized white head. This flavors and nose make it clear this is English-style...very sweet, a bit sticky, and a low to medium level of carbonation. It’s a bit hot and could probably use some age to mellow out as this was a fresh bottle. I typically like a more hopped up American version of a barleywine and this one would be better with age, but for a fresh, sweet Barleywine, it is quite good. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours a clear copper with a small lt orange head...aroma is sweet and grainy, cherry, citrus peel and hops, caramel...flavour is similar, sweet brown sugar, alcohol, resiny bitterness and burnt sugar...seems a bit messy and doesn’t really come together like I hoped, but good to try... RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Big butterscotch aroma right up front. Flavor is medium sweet with a good hit of brown sugar and a firmly hoppy finish. A bit abrasive, perhaps it will mellow with some time in the bottle.