Ernest (7815) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2005
Draught, Toronado, Feb 05.
Head is off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread), lightly hoppy (flowers, orange, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of sherry.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, soft carbonation.
Nice, especially for the hops not being the really pungent floor polishing kind. But not really awe-inspiring. jsquire (4598) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Cloudy orange with biege head and lots of fresh hops in the nose. Very hop oriented barley wine but well balanced with caramel sweetness. IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
On tap at the pub. Brown with a white head. Citrus a nd friut aromas. Sweet flavor with a bit of bitterness added. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
(Draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) 2001 Vintage; Solid, enjoyable and well balanced barleywine that isn't over the top or excessive in any aspect; Sweet, fairly bitter, but with a nice, malty backbone and quite fruity; Thick, sticky, coating palate; Sweet, malty, hoppy nose; A beautiful, dark amber color with a brick red tint; Tan head fades away quickly but a patchy lacing is left on the glass ABUSEDGOAT (2847) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Draft from Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Amber orange color. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, caramel, fairly similar to the Pliny beers. Medium to heavy body, moderate bitterness and sweetness. Decent and well made, but somewhat forgettable given what else they had.
jazz88 (2699) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Tap. Vineous flavors, caramel, resinous fruits. Not an outstanding barleywine but it does the job. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2005
02.19.05 2001 version on tap at Toronado BWF. Deep amber-brown color, little head. Fruity and sweet, cherry pie(?), winterberry. Candyish. Smooth and mellow palate and overall. joet (2662) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2002
Crystal clear, deep amber, some interesting nectarine and berry aromas. Thin head with delicate lace. Some floral qualities with a very subdued malt presence. The finish is a well-preserved viney bitter, clean and great. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
reddish/orange amberness with thin head..creamy tangerines and oranges take over the aroma..the mouthfeel was creamy and the flavors were creamed subtleness..low hop profile..not over powering..just mellow subtleness with a lovely delicate flavor..(it would be nice if my notes said what that flavor was, but they dont) Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
On tap at brewery. Very fruity with cherries, caramel, taste is very fruit oriented with strawberries and raspberries. Awesome brew.