Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 26, 2007
The 12 oz bottle poured a clear caramel color with an off white head that turned quickly to a thin lace. A bouquet of hops aroma filled the top of my Duvel tulip. Other wonderful aroma’s that follow are pine and caramel malt’s. This ale has a nice creamy mouth feel with a dry finish to it .It has flavors of pine, citrus, along with sweet malt with a nice warming alcohol flavor. This is a great offering from Redhook it would be nice to see it in their seasonal rotation
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
12oz bottle from 5000, huge thanks Andre. Clear dark amber color, very little head. Sweet friuty, malty aroma. Very swet flavor, in a good way though. Very easy to drink and very tasty. robertjm (902) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
(02/20 Toronado Barleywine Festival) On draft. Small head as they filled up the glass pretty close to the brim. Ruby read color. Not much of an aroma. Cherry-like character in flavor. Hops come out more in the aftaste and palate. adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - OCT 21, 2009
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark coppery amber with a medium sized creamy beige head. Aroma of fruity malts, hops and caramel. Taste of fruity malts, light pine, toffee and caramel. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Light brown color with a small head. Aroma is very balanced. Caramel malts and detectable hops. Flavor is smooth and sweet and well balanced. Good solid flavors. Relatively easy to drink and very enjoyable. Well done Redhook!
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Found this at my local liquor store. 9-08-09 bottle. Pours a clear copper-brown color, very low carbonation and a one inch off-white head. Aroma permeates the air as soon as it’s poured. A very pungent spicy, citrus hops note hits the nose first, a very strong blossom sweetness in the middle and it takes a whiff or two but there is a very strong, under lying pine/resin hops note. The aroma really gets you excited to take the first sip. Flavor starts off with a very sweet blossom, orange and caramel note. These flavors fade a bit to a mild resin note with a smooth alcohol note and a mild bitter sweet ending. Body is very heavy with a sticky, slick texture. A good amount of lacing is left by this low carbonation brew. Overall the aroma on this brew is great, flavor follows up pretty good with the great pricing for a barley wine (very cheap), it makes for a quality beer to enjoy again and again. ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Location: 22 oz bottle from Norm’s, 3/8/10
johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Aroma: Lots of sweet fruity malt notes, dark fruits, caramel, citrus, pear, and berries
Appearance: Clear redddish-amber color with a thin off-white head and spotty lace
Flavor: Rather sweet and malty flavors up-front with a late bitter hop flavor
Palate: Relatively full bodied, it has a chewy feel to it, and has just a touch of alcohol burn
This beer was better then my expectations. It’s actually quite good, a little simplistic, but solid none-the-less. I didn’t expect to enjoy this one nearly as much as I did.
Review from notes, sampled 1/13/2008
Pours a crystal clear copper color with a reddish orange hue when held up to the light. Meager head dissipates to lace on the glass. Aroma is piney, grapefruity, citrusy hops, some alcohol and a faint caramel malt in the background. Tastes like it smells. Bit of a hop bite on the tongue and in the aftertaste. Body is a bit thinner than I expected, not much malt going on here. Overall its an ok Barleywine, the alcohol is well hidden by the hops. I would have liked a bit more of a malt backbone.
asheft (3125) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
Cereal grain, pumpernickel, pine and faint banana aroma. Hazy red-bronze under a lasting, thin, white cover. Blast of flavour: citrusy, spicy toffee and pumpernickel combined with bitter pine and sea salt. Bitterness is not assertive, which is good since the sweetness of this potent beer is subdued. No obvious alcohol. Very well balanced and not overpowering, despite the 10.1%. Medium body, moderate carbonation, almost clean finish. berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Bomber of 2010. Pours a hazy brownish orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, and yeast. Taste is sweet and fruity with an alcohol warmth.