mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bottle. Deep dark brown in color with a tan head. Aroma is earthy and fruity. Fruity flavors. Crisp tasting. Clean finish. Dry. Drinkable. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2005
Brewtopia ’05. This Barley Wine is ok. Earthy, fruity, and light flavors for a Barley Wine. Finishes clean, dry, and crisp notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2005
Draught - this is a barleywine? you could have fooled me - if I were not told otherwise, I maybe would have guessed this was an amber ale - there isn’t enough maltiness in this, nor is there really "enough" of anything - a touch of oats and brown sugar - very thin and watery, especially in the finish. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
12oz. bottle. Dark brown color with a small beige head. Mildly sweet malt aroma with some caramel and butterscotch. Flavor was mostly sweet malt and butterscotch. This is a barleywine? The buttery(diacetyl?) flavor was a real turn off and it got stronger as the beer warmed. Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
Brewtopia ’05. Poured a semi clear orange/brown. Aroma was sweet malts with almost brown sugar in the mix. Taste was lighter and bordering on watery, with slight cascade malts some sweetness but body was light and weak.
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2005
Draught at NECI Commons. Mild roasted malt aroma. Not big on nose - just a bit of bitter hops with some bittersweet chocolate and mild smoke. Dark red-brown clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium light bodied with heavy carbonation. Carbonic tongue burn. Starts dry with toasted malts. Light level of acidity throughout. Very disconnected. Notes of rye and horsey grains, burlap. Bitter finish and nutty grainy bitter after. Not a great one, though it went better with my lunch than by itself. Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
Bronze, but not quite opaque, with a ring of lace that hung on well. First off, a wall of sweet malt hit my nostrils, but I was able to detect grape and/or prune, and with just enough hooch to give it a winey character. Not like Madeira or port, maybe more like icewine.
The malt is there on my tongue, but it’s thin, and there doesn’t seem to be enough alcohol or bitterness for the style. This apparent shortfall does however give it extra drinkability points from me, I tend to get an overdose of sugar and booze from big Barleywines, but not so with this one, I easily could have downed an extra pint. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2005
What makes this a Barley Wine exactly? Consumed while on a trip to the Northeast Kingdom of VT. Closer to a poorly made Scotch Ale than a Barleywine. Served ice cold ??? had a decent head ??? very watery and taseless. Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 So, I’m hosting a beer tasting, and one of the tasters was new to the craft beer scene. I saved this "barley wine" for last, hoping to blow her mind with all the big, complex over the top flavors associated with the style. Well guess what - there arn’t any in this beer. It would be a halfway decent pale ale - but it was over carbonated, under hopped, and it made me look foolish. I do not like you, Rock Art Ridge Runner Ale. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Bottle compliments of Bucknaked. Good dark brown appearance, cola-like with even the fizzy bubbles. Small fading light beige head. There is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, I’ll be damned. Aroma gives off characteristics of an English barleywine. You’ve got the rich toffee, dry caramel, with a touch of raisins and brown sugar. No hops detectable either. Flavor begins brilliantly of sweet toffee and lightly sweet caramel malts, with a lightly dry roasted barley flavor coming in strong as well. It ends with a lightly sweet raisin and brown sugar note. Taste is almost exactly like the aroma. Somehow a bit of spiciness creeps in, but I dont think it’s from the hops, as there is nearly no bitterness in this one. No alcohol notes apparent, no yeast apparency unfortunately, would have liked to see some of that. Regardless, it’s got a great English barleywine flavor, but the problem is the body. Quite thin and fizzy, with a strange mineralesque flavor, almost like there is silt or chalk in there creating a dull sensation on the palate. The carbonation is horrible, it’s like soda water carbonation. Flavor does get a bit boring towards the end as well. Could the problems with the body/flavor be the water they are using? I don’t know, but this one is well-founded, just needs a good deal of work.