21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2002
I expected more, but was unaware this was a barley wine until know, that expains why it was stronger a piece of steel. This is my gavorite label of all time. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2002
i gather this one is too strong to be a scotch ale, but why not a ’wee heavy’ or 90 schilling? anyway, it’s dark auburn, pantone 1685, rosewood like the back of an old gibson acoustic guitar. i love the peat-malty butterscotch, vanilla aroma. nice brown buttery english muffin taste; good body, the east kent goldings stretching out across the finish line. i’d enjoy it with a maccanudo rubusto (if i had one. sigh...) Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2002
Deep anber-brwon colour, sweet candy malt aroma. Flavour: figs, brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. yummy. dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
Unimpressive. Barleywine or not this was one of the weakest holiday offerings i have had. Watered down, slightly hoppy and spicy tastes, really boring. There is some flavor but not much. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Very dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Flavor of malt, berries, alcohol and hops.
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2001
It’s not a barley wine. It tastes
somewhat watered down to me. Very disappointing. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2001
While certainly not a barleywine, it’s quite good. Medium-bodied, with a decent head. Nice hops on it, with an interesty spicy, licorice-ey finish. Good stuff. dins (266) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2001
Malty with a bit of hops. Call me a hophead but it seems rather mild to me. pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2001
Very malty with a little bit of hops thrown in. This is really good stuff. Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2001
Dark, almost deep brown with a reddish hue to it. Real smooth. Not a lot of hops, but the label says they’re using East Kent Goldings...no extra hoppy harshness, that’s for sure. Just enough balance to make this brew very warming, almost like wine. Kind of a hybrid between alt ale and barley wine. I’m not tasting added spices in this one, all of the complex flavors seem to be coming from the various malts and hops used in the process. I like it and I’ll bet it’ll cellar very well over a year’s time.