chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
Clear and bright brown, a little watery head... Subtle aroma with malt, light caramel, and hops, nice... Taste is rubbing alcohol, almost numbs my mouth, how is this so bad, lots of strong bitter hops... Pass corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
12oz. 2011 vintage, bottle 331/500. Thanks to sideshowe for the hook up.
Pours a dark golden copper/amber color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light and a half finger whit foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.
Sweet leathery malt aroma with hints of toffee and caramel as well as some sweet alcohol and dark fruit. The nose is also pretty hop forward with resinous pine and sweet citrus hops. Hints of date, fig and raisin compliment the leathery caramel malt and booze notes.
Medium boded and surprisingly hop forward with lots of bitter resinous hops that give off a dry pine needle flavor. There’s also a sweet citrus character with hints of pineapple and orange peel. This is nicely balanced out by the sweet malt profile that has hints of toffee, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol. Not as earthy and/or leathery as other examples of the style with more of a sweeter flavor profile. Well balanced and pretty easy to drink considering the high ABV. Not much heat or alcohol flavor but some nice warmth in the finish. This is a very solid example of the style and I would like to see how it ages. The hop profile, which is a huge part of this beer’s appeal, will likely fade but it should mellow out and develop nicely. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Very hazy deep dark red color with a finger of off-white head. The head faded fairly quickly to a ring and left behind some nice lacing.
S - Very strong sweet carmel malts and fruity/citrus smells. Also some deeper dark fruits and just a touch of hops present to balanced.
T - Starts with very strong sweet carmel malts with some deep fruit flavors mixing in. Through the middle, some citrus flavors with just a touch of hop bitterness come through. The finish is big on the sweetness from the malt and the dark fruit flavors with some alcohol taste that lingers for a while. Very well balanced flavors.
M - Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A bit of sting on the tongue from the alcohol content of the beer, and almost creamy texture through the middle of the beer. Overall, very smooth.
D - Fairly drinkable. Very powerful beer with some very potent flavors. However, the flavors are very well balanced and even the alcohol taste is blended in with the other flavors well. southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - FEB 1, 2011
I had planned to cellar my three bottles of the 2011 release for at least a few months, but when I read some reviews from people who had had it on tap, it seemed it was ready for sampling. What a great beer! It pours a lovely orange amber with a significant head for this style. It is in the North Coast Old Stock Ale, Dogfish Head Olde School camp of Barley Wines, i.e. sweet, fruity and floral. It has more of a hop presence than either one making it more complex and better balanced. If your’e lucky enough to have some try one now. murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2011
On tap @ the gate.
Pours clear gold/amber with no head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of pineapple, toffee, cherry. Taste is more sweet fruit with some caramel and bready notes with a bit of herby hops on the finish. A very interesting and enjoyable beer.
tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Crazy sweet aroma, light fruit, sugary like cotton candy. The appearance is a semi-translucent chestnut with a white head. The flavor is a ton of light, fruity flavors, again sweet. The finish is a light pine hop bittering. Medium in body. Very good. BrewBoxer (2636) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Draft @ the gate. Pours a light / dark brown color woth no head. Smells of booze, syrup and orange. Taste is very syrupy with a malty aftertaste.very good barley wine to sip on for a while as you tallk woityh old friend. Or celkebrate the holiday with family after dinner. Very good. Leighton (21296) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
2002 Bottle drank at BCTC 2010. Pours a hazy, dark amber with a filmy head. Big aroma of ultra-ripe fruits and caramel. More sweet malts in the flavor, similar to the nose, but also some brown sugar and mild bitterness coming through. Full in body with fine carbonation and boozy warmth. Finishes with some alcohol burn and sweet malt tone, in the form of ripe fruits, burned sugar and caramel. Very good. BuckeyeBoy (7683) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle 2006 Vintage 130 of 500 thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out cloudy amber/orange topped with a tiny head. Aroma was of vanilla, wood, toffee, and caramel. Taste was also toffee and caramel. Some metallic and oxidized. I would guess we missed it’s prime. Dang it. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
not sure what vintage this was, but had some age on it. Aged pretty well. doughy and biscruity arouma. Toffee and caramel malts. butterscotch and bourbon. tannic tartness at the finish. touch of citrus and herbal spices.