Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Beautiful Barleywine, a perfect cross between the medicinal flavor of an Old Foghorn, and the citric hop sledgehammer of a Bigfoot.
Head pours a generous beige. Nose is caramel, banana, fig and a little raisin, with a slight citric hoppiness. Body is slightly syrupy, but not too thick, and the palate is complex, with caramel, fig/date, mandarin orange, and tangerine, all umderpinned by a candylike (lifesaver) flavor that meshes beautifully with the Cascade hop citrus. Certainly sweet, but in a savory way, well short of cloying, despite the long finish.
A winner, thanks Skip! I owew you somew more absinthe sampling for this one. Continued luck in your relatively new venture...we miss you in Bellingham! Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Sour and sweet w/ hints of caramel apples on the nose, flowery and fermented fruit w/ citrusy notes in the mouth, this beer poured a reddish brown color w/ brown highlights and great head and lacing. Creamy and smooth. Nice medium body. BillKismet (4072) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2003
One of the best barleywines available in my opinion. Deep, gorgeous maroon color with a ringed head. Sweet breezy cherry aroma and a flavor euphoricaly of peach-candy. Alcohol accentuates an apricot aroma and taste. Superbly balanced, cloying sweetness and alcohol are not a problem here at all. Nearly divine. Delectable, with an enjoyable sweet finish, like the sugar residue at the bottom of an instant drink. Now available year around due to its popularity. I would definitely like to try it again. mcberko (18068) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours orange amber with a white head. Aroma of caramel / toffee, dried dark fruits and molasses. Flavour of treacle / toffee, sweet dark /dried fruits and a sticky finish. Rich and complex - delicious. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2004
This barley wine pours with a cloudy, deep amber body topped by a thick head with good lacing. The aroma is sweet and fruity with candy sugar notes and a ton of malt. The flavor is sweet and full of candy sugar with slight notes of fruit and a very slight bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 Bottle pours mahogany, fairly clear, large fluffy sandy colored head, virtually no carbonation, but with sticky lacing. Fruity aroma, some melon, along with raisin and plum. Seems fairly sweet, with hint of alcohol. Sweet maltiness, some nice caramel, vanilla, fig/raisin, and a soft hop presense. If this is 10.5% ABV, its quite undetectable! Wonderful body, smooth mouthfeel. How could I continually pass this one up when its a damn local! Finishes mildly sweet, raisny/figgish, with a good malt background. Damn... a new recommendation from me for those who want PNW brews! Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Bottle. Brownish color with little to no head. Nice malty aroma with some sherry and burnt caramel. Taste is candied sugar and sweet, toffee and light oak. Nicely maked alsohol. No burn, lightly hopped, really, really good. Addictive. Thanks HERFTYdrF (Andre) for this real gem.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2006
Bottle. Dark red colour with a big beige head. Malty, dark fruits aroma and taste, sweet. Medium to full body with a light alcoholic finish. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2004
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Real Ale Fest thanks to the ever kind Dr. Bill. This beer pours a deep magenta color to nearly brown/black with a mildly thick tanned head which did not want to waft away. The aroma was very pleasant with raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, bananas, cloves, and hops being dominant. The flavor relies heavily of roasted malts and sugar. Total candy, caramel, vanilla upfront up til about mid-taste then the banana and clove takeover and gutwrench your tongue into a tizzy! Some alcohol presence, but almost moot compared to most barleywines of similar character. Tons of banana in the aftertaste...total grapefruity and acetic joy! Wonderfully aged beer! beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Medium orange color. Small to medium white foamy head. Aroma is raisins, bananas and sweet malts. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Tons of banana, clove, brown sugar and vanilla flavors. Hops are grapefruity and spicy. A well-balanced barley wine. Very smooth. Finish is very clean. Very mellow as it has aged well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing this one as well.