slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Classic Winter warmer type barleywine - loads of malt and dark fruit, and not much in the way of hops. The liter bottles were laughable at $30 each, but this ruby hued barleywine was nice, and covered the 11.6% (in 2015) very well. Dodgrblu (751) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
On tap in Fresno at the Brewpub, this barley wine reads porter in appearance and taste. Thin disappearing head. A very enjoyable beer but overall only a Barleywine in ABV. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Pours amber in color with a finger of frothy head. Smells decently hoppy, a nice citrus note to it with some pineapple and maybe a bit of pine. There is some sweet caramel and toffee, too. A sweet toffee flavor up front followed by assertive booze. A touch of dark fruit and maybe some citrus hop flavor. The booze becomes more pronounced and maybe even a bit vodka-like as it warms. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle shared by lagunitasfan at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): 2008 vintage, Pours a transparent copper orange with a small, clingy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee with some light fruity complexity and a touch of citrusy hops. Starts with good fullness and caramel sweetness with some mild brown sugar and raisins before a warming bittersweet finish. An enjoyable barleywine. yespr (45508) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
1 L growler, courtesy of lagunitasfan before he stole daknoles seat and then mine. Pours clear and golden orange with no lasting head. Aroma is dense hoppy and dark fruity with a sweet malt presence. Sweet and fruity flavoured. Nice bitterness to a solid caramel malt base. Acidic to citric bitter finish.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
I think lagunitasfan shared this after he stole my seat! LOL. Brownish pour. Sweet aroma. Caramel, toffee and honey. Flavor is sweet, over the top. Still ok. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
10th rating of this beer. Thanks to therealbastard in the no for grabbin’ this bottle #2 of 200. Sharp and sweet on the nose, with a lil bit of hops. Amber in color. Taste is hot alcohol. Medicine then bitter. Warm and sweet on the end with booze. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Props to LagunitasFan for Sharing. Pours an orange wood-stained color. Nose is sweet, candyish like ribbon candy with hop resin, and orange blossom. Flavors are akin to burnt sugar with a resiny bitterness hop presence that turn floral after a while. Smooth mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Swingtop Lagunitas Fan, Tim brought to woodshop. My first beer on the day. Pours a light tan with a bubbly head. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet and bitter and generally just ok. TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - DEC 4, 2009
1L swingtop shared with myself. Pours a deep maroon color with bubbly egg shell colored head. Aroma is alcohol, raisin, and caramel. Very warming beer, sits well with the cold weather. Slight alcohol burn going down, with a strong malty/sugary finish. Seems like it needs some age, but overall decent beer.