nimbleprop (8600) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2010
2005 vintage, 12oz bottle number 378 of 500. Pours a thick, translucent copper orange with one ring of white head. Nose is malty, caramel, raisins, prunes, oranges, toffee. Flavor is sweet, oranges, oxidized malts, bread dough, caramel, toffee. Finish is full bodied, salty, sweet. Love barleywines then they get here... GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle #378 of 500, courtesy of nimbleprop. Pours a hazy amber/orange with a thin yellow head with little retention and lace. Aroma is muted toffee. Taste is super medicinal, loads of pizza, Italian seasoning. Just so gross. Seriously- WTF. Travlr (25556) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle #378 of 500, courtesy of Andy - thanks! Cloudy, chunky chestnut color. Aroma of butterscotch and toffee. Taste is smooth caramel, but a touch metallic. Decent enough. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2010
2006 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours thick and clear orange with no head...aroma is fairly straightforward, woody, fruity, light vanilla, heat...very little carbonation in the mouth as well, plenty of barrel tannin, bitter burnt sugar, toffee and something very odd, like an antiseptic, like subtle mint...at any rate, it was a terrific experence and something that I have wanted to try for a long time, but I was a bit disappointed...I’ll need to try this again sometime... daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2009
after4ever shared this beauty at cigar city. Orange pour, off white head. Lots of honey, caramel, brown sugar and light floral hops. Flavor is sweet and delicious. Hop bite on the end is welcomed. Flavor is full of honey, caramel, brown sugar, and some fruity notes as well. Winner!
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2008
12oz bottle 438/500 courtesy of puzzl. Pours an almost completely opaque orange-ish brown with a 2 finger beige head and slick delicate lacing. Nose is floral hops, fruit and caramel. Taste is brown sugar, bourbon, caramel and some dried fruit with a surprising bitter citrus hoppy finish. Full mouth feel. Warming, but not over the top in booze taste. Great BW. Thanks Andy! SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2008
12 oz. bottle - 2006 bottle; thanks to after4ever for sharing; very hazy, glowing orange; quite a bot of sediment; huge, rich aromas of sugar, alcohol, musky; buttery texture and very smooth; much hotter on the second sip; flavors mainly of oranges and a little spice; lovely texture, just not quite there flavor wise; pretty nice though Ibrew2or3 (8748) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Big thanks to after4ever for bringing this along. This 2006 vintage poured orange to copper with light haze and off white ring of foam. The aroma is muted blunted pine hops, light dark fruitiness, a bit of fruity mustiness, some yeasty notes and heat near the end of the draw. The taste begins smooth and grows to bold notes starting with pine hops that are muted with age. I get a hint of dark fruitiness peaking out from behind the pine hops. Maybe another year will do it well. Sure did enjoy it with a couple of years on it. Thanks Tom. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2008
12oz bottle (2005) from MaxxDaddy - thanks, Max! Man, apparently I’ve been sitting on this one for a while and I figured I’d get to it before oxidation, etc. I was pleasantly surprised to see some creamy foam rising through the bottle as soon as I popped the cap. Vigorous pour, super cloudy orange body. Makes you feel like a Viking supping this from a chalice. Anyways, soft nutty notes in the nose, with some hops and sweet malts. Slightly dry taste in there, maybe something a bit spicy, reminds me a bit of stale basil or mild ginger/anise. Very nice, whatever it is. I suppose this is an English style barleywine, but with a seriously improvisational bent to it. All to the good, and a lovely beer. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2008
2006 bottle, #255/500. Pours a super hazy orange amber with only a minimal head even with an aggressive pour. The head dissipates to a collar quickly leaving traces of lacing. The smell is really boozy, mainly rum, with some brown sugar and toffee in the nose as well. There is also the faintest hint of hops in the background. The taste is also sugary sweet with brown sugar and caramel malts with vanilla and some spices as well. The mouthfeel is full and super smooth with low carbonation. I’ve never had this one fresh, but I really enjoyed this beer and I imagine I probably caught it at about the right age. Thanks again to Steve for pulling this out of the cellar for me!