asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Bottle - 2006. Pours a clear dark amber color with a off-white head on top. Aroma is fairly faint, with caramel malt and hops coming through. Flavor is pretty much as lacking as the aroma. Definitely not as predominately flavorful as any other barley wine I have tasted. A malty sweetness somewhat comparable to cherries is in the flavor along with hints of hops. I wonder how this beer could possibly age with such a low flavor profile. I guess I can always try it out since I still have 3 more of these. Definitely not what I was expecting. GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2015
"Born on 02/06/15". Pours a very dark ruby red with lasting, off-white head. Faint aromas of cherries, apples, and alcohol. Flavours bring alcohol up front followed by toffee, chocolate, cherry cough medicine, and a dry bitterness. Not a ton of complexity and the flavours are relatively light except the lingering roast and bitterness in the finish. zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - APR 5, 2009
Not terribly interesting. Caramel aroma and flavor. Some citrus in the flavor. tombutlin (313) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 9, 2016
I’m not a fan of sweet beer, but this was a good one. Quite spicy and actually improved as it warmed SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle: Pours an amber color with a 1 finger off-white dissipating head. Aroma is malty sweet with green and seedy fruit aroma. Flavor is malty and fruity with some alcohol burn and a pretty decent bitter finish but without any hoppy flavors. Far too much of the flavor is alcohol. And the body is a bit light especially for the style. Pretty bad barleywine wise.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Nice aroma, sweet, and pretty hoppy. Amber pour. Nice flavor, caramel, hops, licorice. Pretty full boddy. I liked the beer pretty well, but it was my third of the night, so taste buds were starting to disappear. PRetty nice stuff though. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Pours hazy, dark copper, with an off-white head of a half-inch. The thinnish head falls within two minutes to a partial skim coat on the surface with some errant lacework.
Aromatics are a blend of grapefruit and caramelized malt, with a pungent edge that promises bitterness.
The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, sticky and chewy.
The pallet is quite malty with plenty of ridgid bitterness and citrus zest.
Assertively hopped and certainly along the lines of an American style barleywine.
The malt backbone is substantial, as is the bitterness, and hop flavors in general.
Alcohol is warming and the brew has a slight numbing quality on the tongue.
Still pretty brash and aggresive, but there are already some faint wet cardboard notes coming through.
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2006
A nice one for the price, but not too tasty in the summer. Pours a hazy amber with hues or maroon. Smells of muscat grapes, raisins, and figs. A very mellow barleywine flavor with a thick mouthfeel that clings to your tongue.
Great for the price. 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. DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Pours dark amber with a small white head. Smells of coffe and strongly of caramel and barley. Taste is a smooth barley sweetness with some caramel and coffeee notes, not as intense as some barleywines but nice. Despite being quite alcoholic there is no taste of alcohol and it’s quite easy to drink. Enjoyable beer, not ground breaking but quite nice.