onceblind (10612) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2016
Slightly hazy deep roast Amber, with a delightful looking cap of a foamy light tan head. Rich bready boozy English Barleywine notes with a dash of wood and cherry and dates. Smooth and semisweet fruity flavor that’s got almost like some red grape and dark red berry flavors with a malty boozy depth and that woody tone is back from the nose. Semi fruity and fleshy with an almost boring malt base. MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
My Bottom Line:bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Dried strawberries and potent resinous hops are inebriated by swooping alcohol vapors in this complex, but perhaps abrasive Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam slowly perishes into the clear ruby sunset.
-The resinous hops assurance develops citrusy nodes and plenty of bitterness.
-The body is quite lean for the style, offering but a few caramelized sugars.
-Carbonation is quite soft and serves the intense flavor balance well.
Draft. Ruby beer with no real head. Clean, fresh malt flavor. Low malt aroma. Clean and finishes easy. Some orange-citrus flavor, but nothing too special. Hides alcohol well. blipp (9713) - 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. JoeMcPhee (9554) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2009
Deep amber brown beer with a thick sticky white head. There is a lot of sticky foam and lingering lace. Aroma is quite sweet and sticky initially. Nice fresh pine resin over some other herbal hop aromatics. Flavour has a nice soft biscuity maltiness and a lingering hoppy finish. Quite bitter with a lot of sticky pine and some earthy resinousness. It’s kind of simple but quite appealing nonetheless.
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle. Intensely bitter, first reminding me of Bigfoot or Old Crusty for just the level of bitterness. Decent honey, melon and peach nose, grassy aromatic hops, fresh smelling and lively on the nose. Crisp, sharp, fresh tasting all around, more like a DIPA up front, settling more into the BW category on the finish, though it’s still far too bitter. Mild grassy, moldy hops noted, the finish has much more of this musty mold, and after a few drinks it really starts to get in the way. Becomes the primary reason I’m not enjoying my bottle towards the end. There’s a lot going on in here - not all of it good - but I’m afraid the hops really get in the way and mute out some of the more interesting flavors. Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
12oz bottle. Clear copper color with fluffy tan head. Early the aroma is light with sweet sugary malts and pine hops. Really nice west coast style Barleywine flavor. Caramel malts are big and then pine hops hit. Just beyond midway a faint dark fruitiness emerges to add interest. Really nice drinkable flavor in this 10.2% ABV brew. drfabulous (8591) - 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. SudsMcDuff (8499) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 tons of caramel in the nose.. . fantastic foam, A+ lacing .. . very clean, very smooth, way to much fun .. . abv is dead on perfect .. . a fantastic underrated barleywine, like i said before, just a fun enjoyable beer.. . i wish i had a few more .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahr5xo0ynFE PorterPounder (8296) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2005
On tap at the San Francisco "Brews on the Bay" Festival. Very good brewpub Barleywine. Medium orange pour, frothy off-white colored head. Sweet, sprucey aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruity with strong citus notes. Just the right amount of hoppiness. Alcohol hidden well. Chewy mouthfeel.