Cybercat (6142) - Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Strong, fruity aroma has notes of sweet apple and banana and a malty undertone plus a touch of yeast. It pours a clear, dark copper, almost mahogany, with a fluffy and rather persistent beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Fruity flavor is rather brandy-like, what I expect from a good barleywine, with a fair alcohol bite and a woody undertone. It is a bit sweet, and the flavor lacks depth; still, it is pleasing. Texture has above-average body but only average fizz, and leaves a fruity and woody finish. I’ve had better, but this is acceptable. madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
22nd November 2009durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
ChrisOs Kook Tasting. Pretty plastered when this was opened.! Hazy amber beer. Sweet toffee malt. Light palate. Brief sour note.
Like many other recent raters, drinking from a Fall 2009 22oz bottle. $1.99, yo. Pours a hazy bright amber. White head that settles into a thin film. Nose of sweet caramel malts, vanilla, candy, syrup, and some cardboard. Taste is a pleasant mix of bitter and sweet. Easy to drink for 10%. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2012
Soapy caramel aroma that’s not overly intimidating. Dark murky orange...the lack of head is the first sign of the beer’s strength. 22 degrees means means rough going. Sweet caramel flavor with a bitter front and alcohol kick. Very dense and heavy, yet drinkable enough. This one’s nice, though way better barleywine’s are produced by other US micros. natejgood (527) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours a hazy medium amber with a light head. Aroma of malt and hops. Full bodied ale, hoppy, malty with a hint of sweetness. Fairly easy to drink. Good beer.
SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Never been overly impressed with Redhook so lets see .. Pours a basic tan, light foam .. . light caramel and light fruit, light citrus too .. . an alright brew, was smooth, but a bit outta balance .. . . Attention families, this is mother goose, the following cars have been broken into... Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2012
2009 vintage from Peace Street Market? Pours a hazy copper color with a very thin head. Aroma of toffee, citrus, brown sugar, nutty notes. The taste is toffee, brown sugar, citrus and spicy hops. Medium bodied. Decent. jtd6628 (362) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Really good beer. It has been cellared for 28 months and aroma is still pungent and hoppy. Taste is complex and smooth starts hoppy fruit and ends with rich Carmel. jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
22oz bomber from Royal Liquors poured into a snifter. Dated Sept 8 2009. Pours a very dark burnt orange with lots of carbonation and a small amount of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Very slight hop smell, mostly malt. Slightly sweet with an oxidized skunk aroma. Smells entirely too sweet to be a barleywine. Taste is medium to heavy on the sweetness and a slight bitterness at the beginning. You can taste the oxidization, this beer has not been stored properly. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture. Soft carbonation leads to a long bittersweet finish. Overall, it’s definitely not my favorite barleywine. Probably would not buy again if the chance came up. Had it been cellared properly it would probably be much better. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2011
22oz bottle, September 2009 vintage. Malty, gently oxidized aroma, some toffee and madeira, faint must, toasted caramel maltiness and golden raisin. Semi-opaque dark red-amber color, head is very slight. Flavor profile is predominantly malty and sweet, toasty and full of caramel, this offset by a light-moderate degree of bitterness and spicy, herbal hop flavors, finishing with a tinge of sherry, some biscuity malts appearing late as well. Palate is smooth and warming, low in effervescence, body is certainly quite full. Seems to be approximately at its peak, with regards to its aged condition. Thanks to Tim!