KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2008
2007 Vintage, bottle.hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Pours a deep, inviting amber with single bubble streamers slowly rising from the bottom of the Duvel tulip glass along the curved side, finally settling in amongst earlier arriving friends that are congregating in a massive off-white head. An aroma of malted dark peach dominates the nose, with a hint of plumb cheddar cheese and sage. Flavor is a syrupy blend of sugar-coated malt, dark berries, mild cheddar, and a touch of wood in the finish. The alcohol makes its presence known throughout the sip, travelling quickly along the tongue, up the trachea, and into the nose. Good sinus clearer, if nothing else. Spikey, biting mouthfeel that acts as a jackhammer on the tongue so the flavors can settle in comfortably. An extremely well-made barleywine that I wish I had more of to see how it holds up over time.
Thanks to bhensonb for sharing this one with me. A very intense copper color that raised a fat tan head with tinges of pink in the bubbles. Nose was malty and of ripe fruits and the mouthfeel had a mild bite to it. I could pick up the alcohol and the finish showed me just a hint of the oak. Flavor was fairly compex. Better than anything I got on tap at the brewpub six weeks earlier, and very enjoyable to drink. Went well with the cheese. bhensonb (15088) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
2007 bottle. Deep coppery amber color with a multi-finger off-white head. Rich malty aroma. Medium body with mild creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel malt with mild spicey notes and hops. Extremely pleasant, but not challenging. Really good to drink. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2008
2006 bottle. Pours a rusty copper tinged brown with a creamy offwhite tan head. The nose is rather odd for the style. Not super sweet or malty and not a ton of oak. Toasty malt and light fruit. Some vanilla and a slight astringency, Medium creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Creamy fruity astringency, Not a ton of malt depth. A significant oaky flavor--cherry tinged tannins and vanilla. A little too toasty for my tastes. Alcohol pops out with oak in the finish. Not quite rich or malty enough to meet my expectations of a barleywine, but not a bad amaerican strong ale. pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2008
6-27-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to mreusch
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Semi clear amber with little head. Smell is alcohol, sweet tomatoes, cinnamon and nutmeg with perhaps a touch of ketchup - each glass we poured it in - it seemed different. Flavor is interesting and has an oak and almost sweet fruity malt backbone. Low to medium carbonation. A little strange but not dreadful
750ml (2006 vintage) from a trade from way back when.....pours a semi-cloudy medium amber brownvwith a thin creamy off-white head..... chewy caramel malt and fruit, not necessarily of the dark variety, and a touch of sour oak and wood but nothing too apparent.... smooth straighforward flavors of fruit and sweet sugars and a little alcohol bitter bite in the finish. silky smooth body that makes drinking it enjoyable. wish the barrel would have been more forward but still pretty nice. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Bottle in trade from mreusch. Thanks!KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Pours a medium maroon to amber color with a light beige short lived head. Smell is sweet bourbon, malt, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is malty, lightly bourbony, vanilla and slight oaky dryness. Bit thin bodied with medium carbonation. Nice drinkability but the flavor falls a bit short of what I hoped for. Still a nice beer.
Dark color. Smell of nuts, dark fruit, oak, bourbon, caramel and alcohol. Taste of bourbon, hops, pine, malt, brown sugar and dark fruit. nimbleprop (8280) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Sampled at the Savor DC event. Pours a translucent, copper orange. Aroma of grapes, raisins and honey. Flat flavor with honey and pollen. Average at best. jefcon (1830) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
A thoughtful beer, first and foremost -- in everything but the coloration of the brew and the alcohol content, there is a delicacy and a balance. Nicely oaked, not too bourbon-y, though there is a great nutty vanilla expression to the beer. Molasses and light chocolate. Lots of toasted malts and a slightly slick, warm finish.