SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2006
12 oz. bottle, from BevMo LaJolla. Pours somewhat hazed burnt orangey amber with a small beige head that diminished mostly. Aroma of rich fruity malts, prunes, orange, molasses, clove, alcohol, citrus hops and a bit of maple. Very sweet and malty flavor, (yet balanced with bitter and astringent tastes) more prune, black tea, orange and spice, alcohol, tannic, grapefruit hops and other herby and vegetable notes. Full body, somewhat oily in the mouth and subtle carbonation. Pretty good! Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2006
Great looking beer, a deep, clear, reddish amber body that aa very wine-like, fruity aroma with a solid balance of grapefruit and orange blossom hop scents. It’s smooth and dangerously easy todrink. The flavor is sweet malts, a light touch of toffee, vanilla, and a pleasingly bitter hop accent. It finishes on that bitter note with some sweetness reflected in the light alcohol burn. very nice.GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
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A very enjoyable barleywine to say the least! A nicely balanced attack of hops and malt in the nose AND on the palate. There’s a citrusy grapefruit hoppyness to it that I found enjoyable with a clean finish. Not sweet at all like the barleywines I enjoy, but it is interesting to see a different angle on this style. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2006
Clear, deep orangey amber with a small off-white head. Vinous fruit aroma together with alcohol. Flavours are more complex, with chocolate and raisins the predominant. Sweet with some vanilla undertones. Full-bodied, soft, alcohol is very present and warming. A bit too alcoholic for me, but there is some complex flavours also. Enniskillen (2058) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Not as bad as the ratings dictate, but it does have a rum like alcoholic taste to it. Plenty of caramel, and dried fruits to it, along with the alcohol. The aroma is pretty standard issue as far as barleywines go, sweet, crystal malts, faded hops, and alcohol.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle pours orange/amber w/ a thin white head. Weird, malt liquor-ish alcohol flavor. Piney, sweet malty flavor w/ weird alcohol finish. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottled. Transparent honey amber pour with a very thin ring of white head. Almost sappy looking, bubbling appearance. Strong aroma of honey and candied toffee with a whiff of hops and Werther’s Original candy. Intial flavor is of hoppy bitterness, but the sweet candied notes follow through soon after. Way too much hot, cheap alcohol on the finish. This tastes like it has been spiked with a Jim Beam and Captain Morgan blend.. Horrible. The longer I sip, the worse the alcohol heat gets. Acceptable aroma, but the texture is too thin with far too much booziness on the palate. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Pours a clear amber hue with a halo of a tan head. Aromas of citrus, a little rye whisky, and a substantial alcohol nose. Mouthfeel medium/light bodied with a nice hop bitterness. Flaovrs with hints of citrus/ floral, a litle caramel, and clean sharp finish with a light lingering sweetness. Almost more of a double IPA than a barleywine. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Pours a lite-med. copper with a thin lacy head. Aroma is green apples with lite citrus hops and a toffee maltiness. The body is somewhat thin and shows the signs of lots of sugar. The flavor is very green and harsh with some caramel maltiness and resinous hops. The finish is dry and overly hot. This might benefit from some aging and bottle conditioning but is still going to lack the body of a great barleywine. Boozy and unbalanced. One of the poorer barleywines I have had. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
2006-Aroma of floral hops and grapes. Appears a crystal clear reddish-orange hue some slow effervescence of small bubbles, and with little or no head. Flavor is intensely, overpoweringly hoppy, with a huge thick malt base that tastes of caramel; this beer could potentially require years to settle down and meld but right now it is assaulting. Palate is thick and syrupy. Overall, this beer may be stupendous in years to come, but right now it is not great.