manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
2 12oz bottles shared at Gerry’s Xmas Big Beer Vertical. Thanks Gerry! Pours a deep brown, slightly copper colour with thin head that faded to a ring quickly. Aroma, sweet. citrus, a lot of orange some lemon lime. Bittersweet flavour of caramel,toffee and brown sugar. More grapefruit notes later on. Alcohol is pretty evident and not as refined as I would like, perhaps aging will melow this. Thick body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very nice. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
In short: A boozy basic barley wine with strange cardboard notes. Meh.BiddleBrau (1220) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2010
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when about 1 year of age
The look: Murky amber with lots of medium size particles. Small beige head leaving good lacings
In long: Nose of marmalade and wooden resinous hops. Taste is a bit here and there. First I thought the beer had a strange astringency that was almost like cardboard-mouth-drying. There was no oxidation sign on the nose and the beer was purchased one year ago from a beer store with a good turn around (Julio’s). So I really don’t know what to make of this slight strange cardboard astringency. Outside of than that I got some caramel, some dried fruits, plywood, some hops resin, lots of booze. Very warm boozy finish. Maybe I got a bad bottle. Some might say "what does this always happen to me?" but do we really need a rhetorical question in a beer rating?
From the Brickskeller in DC. Not quiet sure what I had as it was noted as an Imperial Common. I thought it was a barleywine. Amber with nice off-white head that left nice lacing. Big caramel malt nose. Alcohol present, thin malty, hoppy and a bit dry. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
I cant get much at all off the aroma, pretty bland nose. Taste is still hot (2007 bottle) and very one note, caramel. Not very good. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Poured a clear copper color with a thin beige head. Nose has huge notes of caramel and pine, also some spice, citrus, and plum. Thin to medium body with a slightly watery mouth feel and soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet and malty with huge piny hop notes. Primary notes of toffee, pine, and citrus, secondary notes of plum, and faint anise. Finishes with a good amount of warming alcohol.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour was amber with two fingers of beige head. Nose is caramel, malt, hops, and booze. Taste is exactly the same as the nose. This brew is a bit too hot for my tastes, and the alcohol really makes it self known in the finish. The caramel that is prevalent throughout is very well done with this beer. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
slight hop aroma. pours a dark orange. definite alcohol punch to it. malt is stronger than the hops flavor wise. luttonm (6166) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2010
Draft at Brouwers. Darkest ruby pour with gray head. Creamed malt, spiced hoppiness. Light burn and not really refined. Bold and forward BW but not the best sipper. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2010
"Odd barleywine, high octane in all aspects that really seemed to distract from some promising items. Super sweet caramel nose with prunes, oats and alcohol. Dark amber pour, sparkling body along with a filmy head and stringy lacing. Fairly hot, malty and sweet. Strong malt flavors, mostly caramel and dank fruits. The alcohol burn is slightly overbearing." zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - APR 2, 2010
Tap @ Rattle n Hum - a basic, uninspired barleywine. dark brown/red. Toasted toffee, creamy and candy sweet.