yespr (44811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at San Clemente. Pours dark brown, almost unclear and with a light orange glare and a lacing tan head. Fruity and mild hoppy aroma. Flavour is dense fruity with a solid and dark caramel malt note. Fruity dark finish with a touch of liqourice and hops. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
On tap at Hamiltons. Pours with a deep red-brown body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing left behind. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a nutty, smokey note with notes of caramel and alcohol esters. Full bodied, smooth and slightly warming. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Sampled ’08 BSAF. Beer is very dark, warm brown with a large, off-white, frothy, diminishing but mostly lasting head.<P>The aroma is malty with light notes of biscuit, trace of toasted grain; Hoppy with a moderate note of resin/pine; Yeasty with a trace of dough; Light/moderate miscellaneous notes of alcohol, light notes of raisin/current.<P>The flavor is moderately/heavily sweet, moderately bitter with a very long, moderately bitter, light/moderately sweet, lightly acidic finish.<P>The body is medium, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is softer than average.<P>Kind of hot and sticky. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
On tap at brewery. Deep dark red with a creamy white head. Good strong bread and earthy aroma. Citrus caramel Slightly soapy over hopped taste. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
Tap @ Solana Beach. Pours a murky copper with an oily ring of bubbles. Heavy earth aroma, with wood, leather, molasses, toffee, and hops. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Rich caramel malt, some toast, strong resiny hops, and a nice finish of earthy, woody alcohol. Some say it is a bit harsh, and I agree, but its harsh in a good barleywine way.
wetherel (1881) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
Had a taster at PP Carlsbad during lunch.
Surprizingly nice chocolately aroma for a barleywine. Must have some roasted grains. Big tan microbubble head. Nice barleywine. Alcohol well hidden. Easy to drink. A bit young tasting...a bit harsh. Mild flavor (relative to the hoppy beers I’m also tasting) elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
On tap at PP SC. Dark and brown, aroma has some caramel, fruit and toast. Medium body, medium sweet with dark fruit esters, roasted malt in the background, nice bitter finish. Too drinkable for a 9.5, I like it. Ratman197 (14698) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of figs, burnt carmel, toffee and dates. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, dark fruit and earthiness with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2008
Quite a disapointment coming from Pizza Port. I expected more.
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 On tap. Poured a clear dark brown with a thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, some hops, and alcohol. Big malts up front, mostly caramel and some toffee, that lead into a earthy hoppiness with some wood, but alcohol is the dominant flavor from pretty much the instant it hits your mouth. Perhaps this was just too young, but it just wasn’t very enjoyable to drink and it became hard to pick out flavors over the alcohol. riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2008
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt sweetness with some earthy woody hops too. Flavor is sweet and roasty with some earthy bitterness in the finish. Alcohol hidden. Pretty drinkable all things considered. Did not really strike me as a BW, but whatever.