ClarkVV (6958) - 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. JdoubleyouS (82) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Brought back fresh from the brewery to good ol’ Erie. Not an especially great beer. Lacking flavor, not alcohol though. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Calling this a barleywine is the same thing as calling an extra pale ale a double ipa. There’s just not much malty complexity or hoppy flavors here at all. Bland almost to the point of tasting like a macro lager or Sam Adams Boston Ale. Too many off-flavors here as well. I didn’t bother taking detailed notes on this one as it was just not worth the effort. ericnixon (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Reddish brown that looks purdy, with a maltyhop aroma. Then the taste...*ptooey!* Wicked watery without much in the flavor department. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Bottled on 06/04... Poured a dark crimson with a white bubbly head and light lacing. Musty fruitiness, apples and sweet malts in the aroma. Roasty, sweet malts, nuts, fruits, and a little pepper in the taste. The heartburn reminded me there was a little alcohol here, but not much. This was not a very complex barleywine.
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2004
Light caramel malt aroma. Dark amber-brown with two finger tan head that recedes to a fine cover. Bitter sweet chocolate with light roastiness. Tangy raisin towards the finish. Some cardboard-like oxidation noticeable. Body is a bit light for style. Mouthfeel fairly simple. Overall, it’s really a bit plain but not bad. Bottle. JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2004
I guess I’m out of step him. Dark brown small head. Aroma is some what similiar to an English old ale, but will some chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, with twig like hops, slightly dry and bitter finish. As a barleywine it is different, but enjoyable never the less.
Thanks, DirtyMike Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Dark orange to brown. Wood apple nose. Apple again in the taste. Not as complex or flavorful as expected. No alcohol taste at all. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Pours a brownish/mohogany color with an off-white head. Kind of a hoppy/yeasty smell. Nothing like any barleywine I've had. Taste like a yeasty pale. Good beer, mediocre barleywine. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Not strongly hopped enough for a Barley Wine although it could be called a srong ale and do well. Other raters have mentioned its "watery" flaovor and I agree. An OK beer.