marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2009
On tap at Toronado RR Night. This dark brown ale poured with a decent beige head. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with a slightly bitter yeasty finish. The alcohol is well-concealed. This is a nice example of the quadrupel style. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Tap at Toronado. This beer pours with a dark brown color. It definitely needs to warm up to shows its full complexity. It has strong flavors of dried fruit such as apricot, some breadiness and some toffee and caramel. Very smooth and hides the alcohol well. Very good. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Toronado Barleywine Fest. Pours dark brown, Dark fruits, caramel, molasses, little yeasty, slight alcohol. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
On tap at Toronado. Murky brown with a small head. Medium body and pretty smooth. Yeast, dried fruit, and slight earthiness. Alcohol well hidden. Pretty decent. nickd717 (4679) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest ’09. Solid, not surprisingly considering it’s from RR. Dark, somewhat cloudy brown color. Aroma is dark fruits and sweet malt. Flavor of caramel, toffee, bourbon, port, brown sugar, and a little earthiness. Nice smooth and fairly full mouthfeel.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Draft. Pours a deep amber hue with a thin white head. Nose is bready with some dark fruit. Flavors follow with the dark fruits coming through with some nice sweetness. Was advertised as a barley wine at Toronado, I can see it being either. Mouth was a little metallic at time, I would blame that on my palate more then the beer. Nice mild carbonation. paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
On Tap Toronado SD, Lots of carbination with a swirl, all the way till the end. Great aroma, woody, some sweet raisiny-ness and with a nice finish, minerals and acidity keep it from being too sweet. Winter warmer great for a cold night, nice quad / barley wine and easy to drink for the style. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2009
On tap. Dark, redddish brown color with a light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, fruit, and banana. Nice. Flavor is also sweet and fruity. Alcohol was pretty well hidden. Pretty nice flavor that was balanced with some floral elements. Good stuff. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
On tap @ Toronado San Diego. Pours a lightly hazed deep brown with a 2 finger beige head. Nose of candied dark fruits (raisins, figs, plums). Sweet malts as well. Flavor was also malty and quite sweet. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Tap at Toronado SD. This was huge and bold but overall rather syruppy and somewhat un-Belgian. Have seen this called a Barleywine for intuitive reason. Dark ruby brown, aroma of sweet malt, maple, sharp hop. Flavor is dark cherry juice, candy sugar, more sharp hop. Really quite independent where flavors are concerned, while I prefer a more married flavor, especially from Russian River.