after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2010
22. Pours a murky dark brown with a dense and somewhat pillowy tannish head. Nice caramel and brown bread nose. Creamy medium body with mild carb. Toast, caramel, brown bread, and a bit of molasses on the mid-palate. Mild yeasty tang in there, vaguely reminiscent of fruitcake with dark pitted tree fruit in it but that’s a distant note, nowhere near the foreground by any means. Mild caramel and toast finish. Doesn’t have as much flavor as you might expect for the abv, even given a brown as a base recipe. There are definitely more assertive browns out there with half the alcohol. Still, it’s appealing, and hides the alcohol well enough, even if it is a bit on the mild side in terms of the flavor profile. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Tran at Perry’s. Aroma of light smoke, some brown sugar, caramel, sherry, fruity esters. A bit of alcohol. Fresh wood. Taste, alcohol, dark fruit, dog hair, brown sugar, caramel, oak. Light bubbles, dry. Ernest (7820) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot), with notes of candy, corn syrup, dried pineapple, orange peel, alcohol, paint.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Strong/boozy, but not without some aromatic enticement. Ultimately a little generic, but pretty good for Redhook. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle: Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel and toffee nose with some light fruity complexity and a doughy yeast. Starts with good fullness and chewy caramel sweetness with a decent hop bitterness and a touch of oak before a drier, bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style and fairly drinkable barleywine. Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 28, 2010
Bottle 650 ml
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Aroma mineral hop feel with malty nose , touch of brown malts. Good.
Appearance clear dark amber with medium dark beige top. Some lace. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied. Plenty of malts in here. Oily body , caramel with slight hints of alcohol. Neat strong brew. Good as sipper.
Bottle:   Copper, reddish hue, moderate to thin off-white head, spotty lacing.   Sweet sticky nose, very slight tootsie roll, also smidgen of salty licorice.   Sweet, malty, and a little mealy up front.   Dark pitted fruit is there, tiz minor.   Has a bit of a chalky aftertaste.   Warming, with some diluted tootsie roll like flavors.   As it warms it gets some sort of perfume like phenolic aroma.   Seems like a light Doppelbock crossed with a watery Barley Wine.   Body and mouthfeel are both moderate.   While not bad, its not all that interesting. blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
bottle, garnet amber pour with short thin foam, aroma is woody grapefruit, flavors of oaky caramel sugar, cookie dough, wedding cake icing, finish is bitter metallic Suttree (6505) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Caramel colored, no head. Smells like caramel at first, then some piney notes. Nice flavor - earthy, piney - I don’t know, is that mushroom? then some more honey and molasses. Sticky, messy finish. Sampled at 2010 pre-Brewer’s Jam tasting. jgb9348 (6482) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Very nice ruby tinted amber coloured body with a deep brown glow and a very thin tan head. Aroma of figs, roasted malt, honey, wheat, yeast, pit fruits, raisins and a bit of spices. Medium-bodied; Assertive fruits and sweetness with a touch of honey and oak, but mainly a solid sweetness throughout. Aftertaste shows some alcohol bite and a bit of the pit fruits, but mainly a malty and oaky sweetness stay throughout. This isn’t an American Strong to me, just a simple Barley Wine. Overall, a good beer - nothing spectacular, but nothing bad at all. Nice to try! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia on 13-June-2010 sampled from home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 23-July-2010. dmac (6463) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2011
22 oz bobmer from Canal’s Hainesport. Poured an okay looking reddish brown body with a smaller light beige head that quickly fades down to nothing. Aroma is just odd with some notes of honey, wet bread, toffee, candle wax, veggies and alcohol. Body is medium and hot and although then carbonation is only average it is rather sitingy and not in a good way. Flavor of dry stale bread, bad cherry, plywood, cardboard, alcohol. Blah this is drinkable but not good.