mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 Pours a lovely amber-red with a small foam ring. Aroma is very assertive - lovely, sweet raisins and maple syrup. Very sweet taste - more maple with a touch of diacetyl, mild floral quality. Thick body with good carb. What a treat - this is very, very sweet and I’m a big fan. 2004 vintage, sampled at Oakes Christmas tasting party. Thanks! AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 ’04 vintage. Pours a beautiful caramel brown with touches of garnet around the edges. Huge nose of caramel, dried fruits, oak, coconut, vanilla. Flavor was the same in all of its fullness with a smooth mouthfeel. Each sip I took grew smaller and smaller, as I tried to extend the experience of this jewel to last longer than the allotted amount in my glass. It reminded me of Angel’s Share with a smoother finish and a bit better balance. I even kept the bottle it came in. Thanks Sean & Craig!
RE-RATE: So after having this again at the Sac brewfest yesterday, I can say that it definitely was the beer that warranted the rating, and not just the evening on which it was first rated. I definitely would say that it is the best Barlywine I have ever had. Try to get an even year vintage. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2008
2006 Vintage. Can see why this won 1st place at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Copper brown with a thin head. Aroma of sweet alcoholic candy. Oaky alcoholic notes with vanilla, sweet, but not cloying malt. I wish I could write more, but once again, I wont get this again and wanted to give it a number. Simply fantastic. Thanks Mike. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2008
2004 vintage sampled Dec-07. Sherry and marzipan are strong in the nose along with vanilla and alcohol. Clear brown body is topped by a low and thin but lasting tan head. Very sweet marzipan-like flavour up front is quite alcoholic with vanilla, whisky, sherry overtones. Medium full body with strong alcohol warming and pointy effervescence. Bottle sampled at Oakes’ Xmas tasting 2007. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2008
2005 Nip bottle from beastiefan2k: Amber pour with minimal head. Slightly oxidized nose. Has some rich sweet notes in the nose of vanilla, rum, and butterscotch. Body is slick and slightly boozy. Has some oak notes, sticky vanilla and a very subtle mint background from the subsiding hops. Has some butterscotch and peppery booze notes as well. Somewhat unique, and grows on you more with each sip.
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2008
Nip bottle shared by beastiefan2k. 2005 vintage. Deep orange beer. Smells great. Lightly oxidized and sherryish over sweet plummy malts, light orange peel. Some sweet fruity hops still in evidence. Flavour is sort of unusual though... fruity and raisiny/plummy with a touch of mintiness. Lots of peppery alcohol, some rummy sweetness. Unusual fruitiness on the back with some spicy hoppiness as well. I like it. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Big up’s go to stoutlover, thank you man. This 2005 barleywine pours with no head at all and a dark copper color. Really generic looking for high gravity barleywines nowadays. Aroma is strong, very strong sweet caramel malts, other sugars, and alcoholic raisins. Taste is a bit understated actually, well in comparison to the aroma anyway. Still sweet with light vanilla, and only faint cleaning product. Leaves a long rum-raisin sweet bread with a bit of heat at the end of the throat. Very good for sipping with a thick, viscous mouthfeel.ZazuH (42) - Brentwood, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
6oz nip, Russian River wine-like glass.
(bottle of ’06) Excellent aroma of wood and bourbon w/ hints of black cherry and vanilla. Light tan head rapidly diminishes leaving a beautiful, clear mahogany. Wood and bourbon carry through accentuated by caramel and malt. Medium body is full of rich creaminess that hangs on w/ a slightly spicy finish reminiscent of mincemeat! Definitely worth sipping slowly! Limited availability is this beers only downside! CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
(Bottle) Sampled at Oakes 2007 Christmas party. Dried fruit with high alcohol nose. Flavour is very fruity, chewy. Good malt base. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Sampled at the second annual Bistro’s West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Fest: Transparent copper bronze pour has a nicely-lacing off-white wispy head. Sweet dark caramely malty nose has some good fresh oaky complexity and a touch of light fruity esters. Starts with a good caramely malty sweetness and some earthy bittering hop presence with big fresh earthy woody complexity and warmth toward the finish.
Earlier Rating: 5/5/2007 Total Score: 3.7
2004 bottle sampled on 2/26/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin, wispy ring of light tan head. Aroma of big, fresh earthy wood with some piny peppery spice notes. Body starts with a fresh peppery, piny oaky flavor with lots of earthy caramel and toffee flavors toward a slightly warming finish. A pretty decent brew that seems to have aged fairly well.