elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2008
Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma was a strange candied smell. Tastes of bitter fruit, dry hops, caramel, and spice. Palate had a unique dry feeling. Thanks to Old Mr Crow for this one. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
solidly strong bite to the nose, classic barleywine aroma. beautiful bronze, faint head. light bodied for a barleywine, the flavors of wood, raw sugar cane and burnt cherry are muted with a chewy leafy hop finish. HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a creamy white head. Nice hop aroma. Nice creamy bitter taste with sweet finish. Nice body. A bit hoppier than the standard barleywine. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours sparkling clear dark amber, with ruby hues. A beige, dense head rose to an inch and slowly receded to an opaque skim coat on the surface. Some nice webs of froth cling to the glass.
Aromatics are vineous and malty. A large red wine character meshed with crystal malt waft upward. Raisiny alcohol notes come forward along with hints of vanilla and smoke. A bit sweet but quite complex.
Medium bodied but very sticky and a bit syrupy.
The pallet leads off with more red wine and sweet malt. Scortched sugars and cherry cough syrup continue, with port-soaked raisins and grape tannins coming through as it warms.
Finishes a bit hot and sweet, with lingering warmth and a firm bitterness.
Still a little rough around the edges after 3 years, and quite unique for a Barleywine. The "Reserva" moniker on the label is well deserved.
IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bomber from jjpm74; Thanks! Nose of prunes, caramel sweetness, and a vanilla note; cloudy rusty red/prune color with a small straw head; flavor is raisiny, with light hop bitterness, and a toffee note. Finish is light bitterness and some alcohol.
BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Thanks to skyview for sharing. Solid hoppy nose with plenty of sweetness. Lots of hops and a little tea in the body. Not as sweet or malty as I’d expected given the style. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Picked up single 22-oz bomber at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA. Pours a cloudy caramel amber with some particles and a creamy thin tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, flowery hops, some earthy herbs and a touch of plums. Taste is medium bodied, smooth, creamy with flavors of iced tea, citrus zest and some tart cherry. Finish is slightly dry with an iced tea aftertaste. A pretty nice hoppy barley wine. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2007
on tap-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-sweet caramel, cherry/plum. Taste is medium malt-sweet caramel, a bit syrupy cherry/plum, light hops tingle. Easy drinking. OK/mild carbonation. AmEricanbrew (6954) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
22 oz. bottle.Pours a reddish brown color with very little head.Has a floral hop and caramel sweet aroma. I left this alone in the glass for a few minutes to warm up. The sweet essence of cinnamon , honey , and white chocolate travel with this brew along with a subtle hop tang to balance. Full bodied but not syrupy, it is highly drinkable. Has a mild alcohol flavor to finish.
I didn’t cellar this bottle but it has the nuances of an aged Barleywine. A pleasent surprise.Jan 2004
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Poured a clear dark amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was fruity and semi-sweet with a light hop. Earthy and dirty. The flavor was fruity and malty with a mild tartness to it. Dry moderately bitter finish. Medium bodied.