DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 2004 Edition: Sampled 11/6/04. Still has the hallmarks of a very young barley wine. Pours a rather lighter brown than one would expect. Looks is very inviting, like a soda, but once you taste... I get impressions of brown sugar and maple syrup, but not too much. No complex aged components yet, but it still carried a good bit of IPA hops. Much more drinkable to the beginner (like my brothers and father who tried it for the first time) than one would expect of a big beer. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 2002- On tap @ O’Briens. Malty and sweet with alcohol coming out quickly as it warms. More hoppy than most Barleywines I’ve had but thats good by me!
2008- Pours a caramel color with an ivory lace. Sweet, caramel malt aroma. Slight honey notes accompany brown sugar and hop aromas. Musty sweetness with an over-the-top bitterness. Somewhat metallic, aggressive hops. Lingering fruit notes. Nice. beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2004
The 2003 edition. Rum raisins in the taste. Wheat bread taste creeps in at times. Rich, feel-good color and appeal. Slightly bitter. Good drink just before bed on a cold night. GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2004
2003 Bottle. Thanks to beaconstreet for sharing... color of cloudy spiced cider... ripe fruits aroma... smooth malt flavors finish bittersweet with hops... prolly not the best compliment with the nachos at 4am... NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Initially, this was nothing like any barleywine I had ever had. Rather, it came across as being an I2PA. As it warmed some, it grew thicker and a bit sweeter. Next to a sample of 90 min, it wasn’t as sweet, but also a lot less IPA like. Big hops dominated this ruby red brew with a nice character of malt to back it up. I really enjoyed this one and it was scarily drinkable. A very nice beer!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2004
More of a floral/citrus/hop smell than I am used to in a barley wine. There is also a decent amount of barley there as well. Appearance is more of a brown deep red color and a thin red head. The flavor is more of a typical barley wine than the smell lets on. I heafty amount of malts great you in the first hit to the mouth then rolls over an lets the hops kick out the end of the mouthfeel leaving a bit of a scratch to your remaining palate. Cartoonkhaki (1275) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
Golden brown yellow hue .. with orangy head.. Black tea like aftertaste... sweet flavour flowery like and Imperial IPA excellent beer... flowery aroma flowery taste... hopped quite abit.. brilliant.... Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
Several malts are mentioned, but in the background here., Its barley you taste, and its good but not the best I have had in the style. Ok drinking barleywine but it doesn’t reasonate in my palate. Its washing down a meaty meal. Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 bottle from l.e.s.
brown suger color
don’t taste much alcohol , not too fruity good shit doe
RE rate:2005 bottle. very hoppy aroma piney too, amber red color. full bodied, good balance between bitter hop flavas and the sweet cookie like malts, some grapefriut citrius flavas too. solid B"wine Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Dark rich amber hue with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is very floral and fruity, can really smell those cascade hops. Intense and hoppy profile, loads of cascade. Alcoholic bite. Mouthfeel is thick and rich on the palate, leaves a warming sensation as it goes down. My personal fave from Sierra Nevada.