fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 The first real BIG beer to come from Texas in a bottle that I’m aware of - YEEHAW! Not the best barleywine I’ve ever sampled, but showing many of the characteristics of them. I agree that this one show all the potential of coming out of cellaring with excellent results. Fingers crossed.
------ got the chance to have this on draft and must say that it was EXCELLENT! Smooth and balanced and almost TOO easy to drink.
THe only reason I haven’t made separate notes for each year produced is that I’m an idiot. 2007 is nice straight out of the gate. I have no clue how it will age, but it seems very harmonious this year. Having consumed a Hop Wallop prior, will state the obvious in that it could esily be far hoppier than I noted tonight. I got more malt, not that it was lacking in hops nor balance - just a vague recollection of the first year and how intense I remember that one (only one bottle left for me *sigh*)
Maybe I’ll add more notes tomorrow - to tired to continue winging this addition. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2004
(2003) Light copper with small beige head. Aroma is sharply bitter grapefruit, some herbal, wort. Taste is grapefruit with solid malt backbone. Finish is grapefruit/herbal hoppy with medium alcohol. Medium-full body. Damn this is a fine barleywine. Many thanks to fly. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Thanks to my co-worker Subbu for hookin me up here. 2005 bottle - Turbid ambers and browns, creamy khaki colored head. The nose on this was that of an aged BW. Rich notes of sweet citrus, caramel, brown sugar, light apricot, and a hint of aged hop mustiness. Sweet toffee notes hit up front, but are quickly replaced by the semi-musty, sweet citric hop tones. Just a great balance with only minor alcohol intrusions that hint of 10.7%. Full bodied, light carbonation, bittersweet finish. A very nice surprise coming from the Lone Star state... Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
Sampled the 2004 along with a 2005, so this rating (my 100th!) is sort of an amalgamation of the two.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Soft orangey colored, reminded me of a scotch in fact, but with band of lace with a few tiny patches on top. The bottom sample I got was bit more hazy.
Caramel nose, with some glowing alcoholic vapors, and a hop finish that was piney for the 2004, however the younger brother had a more floral hop outline, with a bit of pineapple and honey along with the caramel.
An accomplished balance of oilyness, hooch and hops, the caramel malt body steady on the forefront for the elder. In the 2005 the malt took a back seat, the sharp finish is a lot more pronounced, on that teetering limit between Barleywines and I2PAs. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you. It’s filling, rich, and displays a creamyness as you swallow but once it goes by your uvula the gripping bitter aftertaste lasts a good long time. Both are winners in my book.
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 2005 Bottle. Pours thick with no head and low carbonation evident. Looks like dark honey. Aroma of grapefruit.Tart and citrusy smell. First sip... This ain’t no lightweight. Thick and gooey. Not much carbonation in this bottle at all. Some hoppy bitter aftertaste, I like that. Fair amount of alcohol warmth in this one. Overall, decent, though I’d like a tad more carbonation (as this one is nearly flat).<P>Rerating another bottle from same batch, 10/24/05: My tastes in barleywine have improved since first rating. Pours thick with a 1/4" tan head. Aroma is rich in malts with a good hop touch. Mouthfeel is thick like honey. Flavor is strong malts, bitter citrus hops, with good warmth from alcohol. My early rating complained about carbonation - I didn’t realize it’s part of the style. There is ample in this one! I think I’m about to go clean out my local store of these for the winter...
pdiddy (22) - San Marcos, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2007
A very drinkable barley wine. Alcohol is very well masked. It is definitely uncharacteristically smooth and very well made given its hoss geneology. GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2008
It pours out an opaque burnt orange, like a roasted pumpkin, with no head and leaves little lacing. The smell is of aged hops, burnt sugar, a little orange peel and just a hint of the alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick like syrup with just a little carbonation tingling on the tongue. The hops come through in the taste, but they are sweet and mellow. There is some vanilla and a hint of figs. Overall, I really enjoy this beer. The alcohol is hidden well and there is a bit of complexity to the taste. A great beer. User69782 (37) - - APR 12, 2010
2008 bottle, poured into pint glass. Dark amber color with minimal tan head. Lots of toasty, malty flavor, backed by a slightly bitter flavor from the hops. Warming alcohol in the finish. Sweetish taste with a mildly bitter finish. A very full bodied beverage with a thick, creamy texture. Very pleasant. Need to figure out how to get more of this... Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
12oz bottle from 2011. Aroma is of any good barley wine with a sharp sweetness towards the end, and some earthiness. Murky golden brown with good lacing. The taste starts kinda backwards as it turns from a rye taste into the barley wine flavor with sweetness coming in at the end. The palate is pretty smooth for a barley wine. Overall, this complex beer does not disappoint. I may not enjoy all of Real Ale’s beer, but they do know how to do a Barley Wine right. superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/1/2012. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, toffee, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.