Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - MAY 11, 2010
22 Oz. The beer wasn’t in a cellar of any sort so the bottle might be a little funky. Pours a clear dark honey color with light head that subsides quickly. Aroma is interesting sweet caramel and resinous hops. Taste is a complete attack on the palate from the sticky hops and sweet malts. Heavy bodied beer that and finishes with an intense sticky resinous hop bite. truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2009
22oz. bomber ’09 release. Pours completely flat, a hazy dark amber color. Nose is honey/caramel sweet. Flavor improved with warmth, but was still overly fruity and sweet, lacking a solid hop structure. The alcohol (10.1% listed on this bottle) is pretty well hidden by the stuff that is there. That stuff, however, is a little off-kilter. I’m not sure this will age well, but it might be worth a try. redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Pours a Orange amber.
Pretty thick head, later pretty thick lacing on the glass.
Aroma faint sweet malt.
Taste Pretty good Hoppy, More towards the Bigfoot side of Barleywines. Nice bitter finish. Pretty tasty
Pretty full bodied, smooth nice finish.
Probably will age well.
bit pricey, but they all are getting that way...
Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
For a barley wine beer I was not expecting a smooth tasteful beer I could enjoy to the last drop. This beer has defied my barley wine perspective making it one of my favorite redhook ales of all time mcc5468 (122) - USA - OCT 17, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a deep dark amber. Slight head. Aroma is slightly spicy. Taste is smooth. A slightly caramel and maybe banana taste but definitely some kind of fruit-hop taste in there. Alcohol is well hidden. A lot going on but very smooth. A nice beer.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2015
A pretty good barley wine. Less sweet than I like and slightly hoppier than I’d expect. Good, but I wouldn’t take this over other barley wines. bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Pours a clear amber reddish color with a moderate beige head that leaves a nice sticky lacing. Aroma is of distinct citrus notes, with pine, floral, and caramel underlying it. Taste features hop bitterness up front, with a sweet and prominent caramel to follow, and a long boozy roasted malt finish. doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Sampling thanks to RockCrawler. Pours a clear dark honey color with light head. Aroma of sweet caramel and resinous hops. Taste is intense on both fronts. FULL bodied and finishes with an intense sticky resinous hop bite. Exiled (26) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2010
UPDATED: APR 21, 2010 (22oz Bottle - 2009 Vintage) Thanks to Mora2000 for sharing this bottle! Pours a amber color with a small off white head. Smell is lots of citrusy hops, with a slight caramel maltiness. Taste is very hoppy, but not very bitter with some light fruits, and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable. Overall, its an ok barleywine, but there’s a lot better out there. jwatkins56550 (17) - USA - NOV 21, 2008
12 oz. bottle from a trade at Brawley’s Beverage in Charlotte NC, served in a Duvel Glass. Thanks Mike! Usually not big on barley wines, I find this one to be wonderful. Most of the ones I’ve had tend to be too big, and cloyingly sweet. Although similar to a west coast amber ale, this barely wine is tasty. It is very well balanced an hides the 9.8% alcohol well. Finishes dry with a good bit of residual sweetness but not cloying. No hop bite, smooth, and refreshing. Dangerously drinkable in colder weather, especially for a barely wine.