mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Pours a dark maroon, with a small off white head. Smells of some light bready yeast, lightly sweet dark fruits, and caramel malt. The flavor has a bit of that bready yeast complex to it, with the caramel malt becoming a prominent figure in this beers identity. The finish is fairly malty with good doses of bitterness attacking the leavings on the palate. Decent little mix of dark fruit is left in the aftertaste. Not bad, but didnt blow me away. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Pours dark caramel color with no head. Nose and flavor go as bit oxidized, but brown sugar and caramel also persist. Medium to full mouthfeel. SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2008
750 ml bottle @ liquid sunshine tasting - thanks to riversideak; clear, light amber with big tan head; no carbonation in body though; aromas of mainly sugar and alcohol; lots of texture and a earthy feel to it; dry and sweet finish DietPepsican (1591) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Thanks to joey for this "gem". Also serious thanks to I do believe KP for bonusing thing brew! brown/red pour with a thin off white head. brow sugar and earth aroma. flavor is more sugar...compost, earth, caramel, booze. Good amount of carbonation in the finish. Just not my thing. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Courtesy mgumby10. Cloudy brown color, thin, even layer of light tan head. Moderately sweet caramel and earthy hop aroma, odd citric notes in the background. Real low-key taste compared to the aroma - nice balance of earthy hops and sweetness, very little alcohol heat and not overly sweet. Above average BW.
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... 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 On tap at the source. Pours deep amber-brown with a thin khaki ring of head that doesn’t lace much. Nose involves cocoa, toasted malt, earthy and herbal hops, some lighter citrus, brown sugar, and alcohol vapors. Pretty sweet, fairly bitter flavor, not intense at all. Ligher side of medium bodied, actively carbed, syrupy and sticky, with a lingering toffee-tinged bitter finish. Decent, but unrefined, drinks way too light for the style, and seems young. Age might completely erase what hops are there, though. More like an imperial amber or brown than a true barleywine. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Corked 750. After a bit of effort, the cork comes out with a loud high pitched pop. Pours a deep red with a huge off-white head. Absolutely one of the prettier beers you’ll see. Actually looks sort of like a belgian with that huge head. Some brown sugar and caramel in the aroma. Maybe a hint of plum. The flavor is slightly woody and very dry. I feel like this beer is instantly vaporizing the saliva from my mouth. I had to strain to pick up a little bit of late molasses at the finish. There is almost no alcohol presence. I don’t know why, but the more I drink this the more it reminds me of a good strong Belgian ale and not a Barley Wine at all. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Shared at DDG release. Orange/caramel color in the glass with off white head, lace, and ring. Chunkies suspended throughout. Nose is maly, vanilla, and spiciness. Taste is creamy and spicy sweet. Alcohol. More spice and bitterness as the glass is emptied. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 On RBSG 09 BUS. Thanks kp. Poured hazy brownish amber, caramel, citrus, wood, vanilla, dark fruits, little alcohol.