Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
This won out over Aventinus for bottle #50. Pours dark mahogany with a decent head. Strong sweet malt/brown sugar aroma with some hops undertones. Brown sugar/molasses taste with a bittersweet finish. Thick frothy mouthfeel. Starting to fall in love with barleywines. Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Bottle. Pours a deep, ruddy gold. Nice, frothy, tan head with great lacing. Aromas of hops, flowers - dominated by pine. Decent mouthfeel, bitter aftertaste. Flavors are hoppy, with a hint of caramel. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 Bottle: Malty caramel and citrus combination with a light banana bread nose. Very sweet with a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Pours a dark brown with a touch of orange if held to the light with a small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Nice malty taste. Big caramel flavor up front with light banana bread with a nice hop finish. Usually prefer less hoppy barely wines as opposed to Old Crustacean types, but the hoppiness in this one really seems to balance well in the finish. Very nice.
2005: Within the first month of release is like drinking hoppy unbalanced IPA. Malt is barely there because it’s some dominated by hops.
2004: about 10-11 months after release and was excellent and is the rating above.
1999: (Thanks to Eyedrinkale) Hops are
still there but subdued considerabley and was much more malty.
1988: (Another from Eyedrinkale) was even more malty with a moderate chocolate whiskey presence and very little hops. AcctError12206 (16) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Verry strong;not as stong as other barley wines but verry goon nonetheles.Nice nose and great going down.Alchohol is evedent (after only two !) so are hops.Perhaps a little taste of salt?Overall verry nice brew! DrnkMcDermott (3176) - 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 (3439) - 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.