blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Draft. Pours golden amber with a white head. Hoppy aroma with some light sweet malts. The flavor has a nice hoppy bitterness with some toffee like malt notes. Not bad. tangent (28) - San Pedro, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Poured into a pint glass a dark amber brown color with a small light brown head. Lacing is good.
The nose is really sweet. Chocolate and caramel malt aromas.
The flavors are very complex. To be honest I couldn’t even put my finger on everything I was tasting! Mostly chocolate and caramel malt flavors, dark fruits - mostly cherry, with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. At 10.2% the alcohol is very well hidden at this point.
The body was fairly medium for a barleywine, with good carbonation. As complex as it is, it is done well. Very balanced and drinkable, this one makes for a damn good barleywine. If you have the chance, cellar this for some time! 3 1/2 years did mine justice. This made my day! drfabulous (8567) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Draught at Taps Pentaluma. Loved it. Ratings here are harsh, but I found the caramel and toffee to be very nice. Alcohol was not intense, though later I could feel that 13%. Very enjoyable and tasty. mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pretty harsh. Alcohol is really in your face. Some whiffs of rubbing alcohol. You must drink it warm to let it bloom and mellow a bit. Big grainy flavor. keidjxz (184) - Fullerton, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Dark in color with a sweet aroma of caramel. Malty caramel flavor that isn’t overly sweet with a bitter note that balances it nicely and makes it pleasantly dry.
blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
bottle, amber color with slight foam, aroma of lots of alcohol, caramel and dark fruit, flavor is much better with only slight amount of alcohol present on the finish, good caramel and hop notes Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle,wife grabbed it for me. Aroma is lightly floral. Pours a burgandy brown off white head. Flavor is floral and malt. Palate is sweet and medium bodied finishing just slightly bitter. Overall, nicely done. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Ruby color with a creamy tan head. Sweet caramel malts at the beginning of the aroma with a light floral hop finish. Flavor is sweet and malty with hints of honey and caramel at the beginning with a bitter hop middle and a bitter and lingering hoppy finish. Alcohol is warming on the way down. kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy of mfielden. Pours a hazy dark amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, honey, floral hops, light honey and earthiness. Flavor is sweet and malty with similar notes of caramel, floral hops, light toffee and spice notes. Generally medium body with a light boozy finish. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle. A nice looking pour; a dark amber color with a small, but persistent head. Aroma was a nice blend of caramel, earth, roasted malt, fruit, citrus and a good dose of pine at the tail end. Flavor was a bit thin and unrefined, almost watery. A lot of earthy and pine notes, with a bit of caramel and a lot of alcohol. This might have needed some more time. Probably one of the worst I have had in the style.