kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Date: November 04, 2009
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy amber, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: dry and earthy flavor, plenty of bitterness, touch of fruity caramel sweetness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Amber. Small tan head. Sweet, rich, lightly biscuty malt and some minty, resinous, vegetal hops. Some unnameable off flavor, also. Medium/full body, smooth. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Thanks to Josh for sharing this. Pours a mostly translucent amber with golden notes and a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma was cheesey, dark fruits, caramel, pine, lightly floral, ligh alcohol and Asprin. Flavor of sweet maltiness, dark fruits, toffee, citrus, hops and caramel. nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
The aroma is pretty strait forward for the style with the exception of being very hoppy. It’s mostly alcohol and caramel malt. The appearance is deep amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth and thick. Overall a good example of the style. madvike (3305) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle - Clear brown pour with a small white head. Really sweet with a decent amount of sharp alcohol. Pretty sweet taste, too. Caramel, with some sharp alcohol on the finish. Malty, but really not that much flavor. Just not sure what this one was trying to achieve.
deyholla (12582) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Sampled from the bottle at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured murky yellow brown with a tan head. Aroma had a nice combination of malts and hops. Flavor was much more one note with sweet malts throughout giving a bit of a caramel flavor. stobbe74 (3790) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper beer with no head. The aroma is malt, sweetness and plum. The flavor is malt, sweetness, raisin, plum and a high level of alcohol. The palate is alcoholwarmth. Overall this beer has a lot of alcohol, and needs something to balance it out. Niko100 (3012) - Chicago, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Hazy copper color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, hops, & some fruit; Flavor of slight sweet malt, caramel, hops, citrus, and spice; Finish is slightly tangy/sour; Overall, flavor was off on this one. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Not sure why I had some high hopes with this one. Maybe it was the first different barleywine of the cold season and this is a "limited release". But in the end, like most Redhook beers...it’s pretty tame.
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
The barleywine pours out a solid amber color, crystal clear with a 1/4" off-white creamy head. There was some clinging foam stuck to the sides of the glass, but nothing I would call lacing. More like...clumping. Aroma was mostly cardboard, toasted/bready malts, and old orange juice. Flavor had some suprising high levels of residual sweetness left for a barleywine without much hop character to keep it even. I mean, I love sweet barleywines, but this just was kind of a blah sweetness. Piney hops seemed buried under the malts, and the onslaught of over-oxidized fruits just made this too hard to enjoy.
22oz bottle, remnants of Boonville. Pours a deep, clear copper color; thin, light-tan head with small bubbles, light retention, and decent lacing; not bad looking. Sticky-sweet caramel, tea-like malts, and (seemingly) a hefty amount of darker crystal malts showing in the aroma; cloying, syrupy, with a too-moderate earthy bitterness lingering in the background; not offensive or even off-putting, but bad signs for what’s ahead... Full mouthfeel; very light carbonation; light creaminess and minimal astringency, with some warming alcohol making itself known; for how big this is, the maltiness is heavily sugary, tea-like, and stale; lots of cloying sweetness, a modest display of earthy and fruity bitterness (barely present behind the sweet malt character), and a potent and abrasive alcohol note that just builds and builds as this warms; very unimpressive barleywine; "barelywine"? I just made that up. The finish is terrible; stale, tea-like, cardboard-y malts that just last and last and last.