CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Pours a lightly effervescent bright copper amber with a nicely-lacing froth of off-white head. Sweet, earthy, grainy malty aroma has a healthy dose of citrusy English hops. Body starts with some lightly sweet caramel malt, but drying rather quickly with a bitter earthy balance, drying toward a bittersweet warming finish. Too much alcoholic warmth and bittering hops to be considered an English-style barleywine, and the wrong hops to fit the American barleywine style. Definitely more of a marketing gimmick than a good beer. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2006
50 cl bottle: yellowish orange amber w/ a thin, short lived white head. Grassy hop and toasty malt aromas up front. Strong herbal hop follows, and also has a strong green apple alcholic aroma. Light english yeasty character and caramel aromas. The balance is overall to lightly bitter throughout, and into the aftertaste. The caramel and toasty malts do get a bit of a break mid palate, but it seems pretty one dimensional. A light herbal hop flavor in the finish. Beyond that, not much. A bit hot in the mouth, also a bit dry, medium body, medium carbonation.. Not a terribly great beer. Fairly one dimensional for a beer of 10.5% ABV. leaparsons (10696) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle. Light brown and gold with a small head. Aromas are sweet caramel and brown sugar. Some peppery notes with evident alcohol. Flavours are brown sugar with lots of caramel. Spicy hops and alcohol follow. Quite clean in flavour with warming, some harsh, alcohol. Lip numbing but OK overall. MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Poured from a 500ml bottle and served in a snifter. This beer poured a clear copper hue with a thick head of creamy beige foam that resulted from an aggressive pour. Great retention and lacing. The aroma consisted of oranges, apricot, sugary toffee, and a bit of perfumey alcohol. The flavor included sticky sweet caramel, biting dull alcohol, and a bit of astringent orange. A lingering finish of metallic orange makes this one increasingly hard to choke down. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had light carbonation. Definately not one of the better examples of the style. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2009
I was not a fan. It is hard to drink and distracts you from your evening. It was not exactly bad, but it was not a pleasant beer. Best shared with friends and sipped from a narrow glass that will hide the fumes/smell. Raisins do come in the bouquet and maybe prunes, too.
wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Why am I doing this to myself? 500mL bottle from Bevmo for $6-7. A little pricey, but it’s 10.5%. I poured it strong and cold, and ended up with a lingering, but small white small-bubble head. The taste is a little bit of booze and long boil hop bitterness. A little medical. Hop aroma is muted. Dry, which almost makes a little sourness present itself. Not good, but at least I get another >10% rating. dlovell2 (2236) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Amber color with white head. Fruity aroma with pine and a hint of vanilla. Caramel flavor with hint of bananna. Citrus hop flavor and alcohol finish. Think maybe this elf would be better if saved untill next Xmas and given a chance to mellow out. rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Amber color with a quite small head. Aroma from fruits, malt, a bit dry and with alcohol. Fruity apricot flavor, orange, earthy notesand some alcohol.
strap (953) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2010
pours a clear copper. taste of dark fruits with an alcohol & dry hop finish. a bit too much on the fruity side, like a cider. not what i’d normally expect for a barleywine. saxo (19248) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle from Havnens vin og tobak. Medium head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are fruits, bubblegum, yeast, malt, caramel and hops. A little on the sweet side.