Capa (3255) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Pours a deep ruby/brown. Aroma is fruits, sweet malts and slight alcohol. Full bodied and properly carbonated. Flavor was of sweet molasses, s touch of roasted malts, hops, and a bit of dark fruits. Finished with some bitterness and a some alcohol warmth. Very tasty. soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, JAPAN - MAY 8, 2008
This one boasts a big, eggy white head composed of soapy, fragile bubbles. Retention is fair, no doubt undermined by the 10% ABV. The body itself is a mellow peachy brown, hazy but still quite translucent. The nose is surprisingly meek, offering up some leafy/herbal hops, a bit of Dunkel Weizen-esque banana and clove, warm, Vodka-like alcohol, and lovely caramel/toffee malts - but not much depth and not much oomph. The actual taste has far more impact: big, bad, spicy hops dominate, made more spicy by the volatile alcohol. The hops’ flavor is like a brushfire: hot as hell, wide, and woody - reminiscent of cedar à la Hitachino Nest, in fact. It also carries a nice herbal shadow, something like Campari mixed with root beer, but without so much sugar. And that brings me to the beer’s major flaw: incredibly underdeveloped malts. There is a somewhat sugary backdrop to this beer, but the actual flavor of the malts, that nice caramel aroma, is almost completely dissolved and washed away by the massive hop bomb. There is some nice fruitiness, especially in the finish - grapes and berries come to mind - but I want more from the malts. I also want more from the mouthfeel; this seems thin and far too airy, although I must say the sugary quality may be too much were this any heavier. Overall it lives up to its name - it is an incendiary, devilish brew - but not among my favorite barleywines. Possibly among my favorite DIPAs, though! TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2009
Deep orange to brown with nonexistant head. Lovely smell of sweet fruits, strawberry, plum. Sweet caramel malt. Sweet start to the taste, very strong in grassy hops. Bold flavored. A heck of a bitter hop finish. Palate is a bit oily and has very little carbon. A smooth, biting barley wine. Nice. olio (10168) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2012
30 cl bottle, thanks Antti L. 2010 vintage (9,5%), BBE 18.11.2015.willisread (3293) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Pours hazy amber color with small head. Aroma of hoppy ripe fruits, especially pear, caramel notes, grass and goose berries. Flavor of pear, mild caramel and toffee, grass, goose berries and mild nettle. A quite weird mesh of different tastes and aromas on first sip, same thing on palate and aftertaste. Extremely complex brew but seems that the target has been a bit lost. Very interesting brew to say the least.
UPDATED: APR 10, 2016 On tap at craft beer market Toranomon. Served in a snifter. Copper rust colored with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Strong aromas of fig and prune with traces of nutmeg, vanilla, caramel and alcohol. Smooth slightly creamy mouthfeel. Vanilla and cinnamon present. Big bitterness on the palate. Like a nice smooth bourbon on the finish. Dangerously smooth.
IslandHaole (1261) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2007
The nightcap from Ushitona with TimE. Clear ruby/orange color with a tiny ring of off-white as a head. Sweet cotton candy, light pine hops. A sticky sweet malty taste up front as it fades through the middle leaving a lingering grapefruit peel bitter follow. Another tasty Ji-biru! pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3-24-08 bottle thanks to aceofhearts!! KyotoLefty (10197) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 10, 2008
Caramel in color with a nice frothy head. Sweet honey and alcohol aroma. Flavor is very unique and is nice and hoppy and bitter. Earthy and grassy which causes this drying sensation in the mouthfeel. Thanks for sharing Chad!!
Subtle yet deep aroma of alcohol, fruit, orange, hops, cascade, caramel. Dark amber with orange color. Absolutely no head. Strong, bold but austere flavor. Tons of hops, alcohol, with some dark fruit. Malty but not super sweet. Shockingly bitter hop finish. Tons of hops. Doesn’t really have the maltose to back it up. Burning hop and alcohol finish. Tastes very young. Should be better with aging and hop mellowing.
laiti (8374) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2012
30 cl cone bottle vintage 2010 (9,5%), BBE 18.11.2015
Aroma has some hops with rather nice fruits, but then again there are some berries too. Feels like something between american DIPA and strong ale. Flavour is rather strong and slightly tart with grassy hops, some gooseberry bush and nettles. Also some sweetish malt and pear. Every sip is an adventure with completely different feelings. One weird barley wine from a weird bottle – but not in a bad way. Hard to say if I like this or not, but at least the strong grassy hops do not fit here completely.
Tap at the Watering Hole. Rich red colour, no head. Aroma is booze, wood, steeped fruit, slight funk, alcohol. Taste is not bad. Lots of rich fruit, plums, cherry, bit of orange. Bitterness leaves a prickle on the tongue. Not the sweetness I would expect. Nice sharpness to it. Body is quite full on. Thick but not oily. Maybe might be nicer after a bit if ageing, but nice enough as it is.