dfinney23 (3269) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014 Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light amber mahogany color with a mere ring for a head. Aroma is rather unique with very heavy spruce resin, pine forest floor, bottom drawer of an antique cedar chest. Woody, if I haven’t been clear enough. Significant legs in the swirl.
Taste is bittersweet, with an initial muffled hops bite. Definite shades of a DIPA as it has some significant bready malt to quickly follow up. Some sharp, slightly grassy hops are in there, evidence of dry hopping. Oddly, not a lot of wood in the flavor, most remaining still in the nose (scratch that: about halfway through the glass, it’s now warm enough to have a lingering woody resin aftertaste). Attenuated very well, as the sweetness is low and no trace of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is heavy for a beer but only medium for the barleywine style. Fresh, still well carbonated without being fizzy. Not enough sugars left to leave it sticky or slick, leaves the palate with a substantial hop-breath. I would think it rather an ordinary barleywine in the flavor, except that the aromatics raise the bar and the smoothness raises it even more so.
"This beer will age well," says the commercial description, and indeed it did. Mellow but flavorful with brown sugar, toffee and dark fruits. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to Zinister. Pours cloudy dark amber with a small beige head and some lacing. Thick coating on glass. Aroma of toasted malts, toffee, brown sugar and pine. Flavors of sweet toffee, woody, grainy and pine resin. Aged excellent for a +5 year old bottle. alexsdad06 (10389) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
12 oz. bottle shared with Tmoney99 and shigadeyo in July 2008 from notes. Pours a dark golden brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor has floral and citrus hops, caramel malts, sweet notes, brown sugar, mild earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, abv is not out of control. Decent American Barley wine. I may still have a bottle of this buried in the cellar. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle (thanks to bu11zeye for this bonus beer)... Poured hazy, amber/copper-orange with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of an older, subtle barleywine character. Still some hoppiness and some warmth, but overall smooth, subtle on the mouthfeel, and easy drinking. Not a terrible barleywine for its age. BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Really tasty barley wine. Pours a very murky brown with some tan floaters, no head. Smells of caramel and brown sugar. Taste is big on sweetness, caramel, hints of brown sugar and dark fruits. Not much hops, but very smooth. Small amounts of carbonation.
phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2013
12 oz. bottle from ericandersnavy- thanks again, Eric! Pours a hazy, muddy plum juice color with tons of floaters at the bottom and pretty much no head. Aroma of toasted malts, brown sugar, dried fruits, and wood chips. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, dates, nuts, and dried grains. Only a hint of wet cardboard. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel that finishes boozy. Nice barley wine. Drinks like an old ale. bytemesis (8375) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle received as a trade extra - thanks BelgianBeerGal! Pours completely cloudy mahogany brown with a ton of huge floaties - oh oh! Small tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves token lacing. Not starting off so great. Then I get a whiff - hmmmmmmm! Aroma is dried fruit, caramel, toffee, some pine resin. Not getting the hoppiness described, probably because the aromatics have faded with age, but what is left is very appealing. Taste is about the same, quite sweet and sugary, but balanced by enough resinous bitterness that it all works. This is a tasty beer. I just wish I had some more of it lying around! burg326 (5482) - Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2012
12 ounce bottle, poured an amber color, aromas of light pine, some caramel, alcohol, peat, light coco, and some honey, a ton of aromas. Flavors follow suit, the alcohol aroma was leading me to believe that this would be a huge bozzey taste, however it was mellow. All the flavors blended nicely together. Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle thanks to Mar) Pour is very dark with spots of tan head..Nose is caramel, honey, alcohol, piney hops, fudge..Taste is honey, spice, dark fruit, earth, light citrus, peat..Palate was alcohol with a nice body. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2012
bottle thanks to my Austin trading buddy. Pours murky brown with a medium tan head that fades to a solid tan film that resides on the beer the length of the glass. Aroma is big aged hops, grapefruit, citrus and pine. You can tell this beer originally had a big hop presence but time has still done this beer well. Flavors of plum, caramel, toast, a little nutty with a spicy brown sugar and citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.