markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours red-amber with a white head. Nose is maple syrup, malt, toffee, tart berries, earth, some smoke, and a good bit of caramel. Flavor is similar with lingering berry, maple, and malt. Medium-bodied and a nice barleywine overall. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
My Bottom Line:AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Apricots, cherries and caramel sweetness converge onto coniferous hops in this polished Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the shiny copper.
-The nose is rather understated for the style.
-Brown rum notes work well with the absinth-like hop resins.
-This is not quite Old Horizontal in complexity, but it’s as classy, lean and pleasurable.
-The soft prickling of carbonation helps drinkability.
-This is not one of those intense, overly bitter and sweet Barley Wines.
On tap at Beveridge Place Pub.
Glowing copper red color/ tan head. Big toffee, pit fruit, marshmallow, spicy alcohol aromas. medium bodied. Flavors follow the nose with sweet marshmallow, caramel, pit fruit, with spicy alcohol to finish. bhensonb (15965) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark ruddy copper with a beige head that left rapidly. Aromas of malt, spice, and perhaps a bit of vanilla. Near full bodied. A bit sticky. Malty. It is rather Xmas spice, but pretty light. There’s bitter, but barely enough, or even not enough to cut the malt. Bitter seems to be building tho. Even seems less sticky with time. Starting to seem a hint evergreen. Different. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Winter Brewers Festival 2010 – Seattle, WA
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Dark Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Light hops aroma with a strong alcohol aroma. Very earthy in the taste. Malt and hops balance well adding to the spice like qualities. This was strong but subtle if that makes sense. Loved the dry finish and tea like qualities. Easy drinking beer this can and will sneak up on you if not careful.
rating 10, lock it in bitches!! Barley wine? Crimson toffee hue, fleeting pale head, quickly leaves a small ring. Candied apple aroma. Little sweet plum, some dry leather. Overall contrasting and I never get any barley wine thing. Old ale mostly. More candied apple, ample leather. Little light in body, more concentrated red delicious, sticky sweet finish, though never approaches barley wine character. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottle:   Ruby hued deep caramel, moderate foamy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Strong biscuity nose, slight dark pitted fruit and breadiness.   Very nutty and biscuity on the tongue, also somewhat bready.   Slight fig and date.   Needs some caramel sweetness.   Somewhat viscous mouthfeel.   Sticky finish, malty, nutty, very biscuity.   This seems to have a huge English like influence.   Tiz okay, but almost too much of an Uber English Strong Ale influence.   Not sure that this would be a Barley Wine. mcberko (19809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours dark amber with a light head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel malts, red wine and dryness. Flavour of dark dry fruits, caramel malts, with a vinous body - very red wine-like. Dry finish. Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle, courtesy of my dad. Liked this one a lot more than I expected. Amber pour with a white head. Aroma is super tantalizing and dessert like, loaded with sticky dates, cherry, toffee, with a whiff of vanilla. The flavor is along similar lines, with sweet bready malts and a bit of a dried apricot quality as well. Has a rich, sticky body. Very low bitterness. This is pretty sweet throughout and is definitely a dessert beer. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
A fitting representation of the traditional English barleywine style. We sampled both the 2008 and 2009 vintages, and the evolution after just a year was impressive. The 2009 has a base of strong, sweet malt that is almost cloying, and there is an appropriately low bitterness for the English style. The 2008 has developed low notes of sherry and some fruity esters not present in the fresher vintage. It’s more complex, and still quite sweet. But, the sweetness is reduced in comparison with the 2009 vintage. This will age wonderfully for years to come; it was the 1998 vintage of this beer that has won at GABF the past two years.