SudsMcDuff (8439) - .....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 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! fiulijn (20806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
Vintage 2006mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Hazy ruby-amber color; creamy head. Creamy aroma, malty, with some vanilla and cookies. Very thick mouthfeel, a bit oily too; huge malt and caramel aroma, sweet; the alcohol warmth is clearly perceived; the final is thinner than expected, but with a good mix of caramel and hop; strong bitterness. Excellent.
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2003 (26Dec2002--draft) A wonderful surprise!
Excessively thin head, though surprisingly persistent and effervescent.
Is this a cask-conditioned ale?
Again, like the Alaskan Smoked Porter, it may be the bar's fault.
For a strong ale, what a pleasant nose;
pronounced peaches, with Cascades hops in perfect amount. The
best use of Cascades I've tasted yet. Deep copper color.
Flavor like the nose. Alcohol (9%) hidden
well. Bittering hops balance the malt and fruitiness well.
Bravo! Although listed as a barley wine, the bartender
called it a 'double IPA'. Makes me wonder if I wasn't indeed drinking
Speakeasy's double IPA. Judging from the spotty CO2 priming at that bar, I'd not be surprised.
Reminds me more of a seasonal
like Sierra Celebration than a full-fledged barley wine.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Dark brown amber with a big thick creamy head and sticky lacing.
Big hops and ripe fruit aroma.
Flavor is overripe fruits alcohol and caramel...I can really taste the caramel!
Finish is caramel and citrus with a nice alcohol bite.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Sparkling rusty orange, thin tan fizzy head. Room temp brings an intense nose of grapefruit, spruce, brown sugar, mango, and underlying tones of pineapple. This BW is hop-sided, but the deep malty caramel and brown sugar notes aim to balance. Never quite makes it which is fine with me. Rreminds me a bit of a fresh Bigfoot if I was comparing. Full bodied, soft carbonation, fruity, bitter-sweet finish. A real nice after dinner sipper... dwyerpg (6228) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2006
A good-looking brew with a nice balance of malts and hops. Has some initial molasses but a lot of upfront alcohol; too much so. The flavor has some present hops, esp. near the end. An okay barleywine. Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 8, 2002
An amazingly drinkable barleywine. Deliciously malty with a pop of hoppy goodness at the end. Speakeasy is the best California micro, bar none. rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2007
Bottled. Thanks Fredrik.
Dark amber colour. Sweetish, hoppy aroma with esters. Light toast. Flavour is rich estery-fruity. Smooth, oily mouthfeel with loads of malts and grapey-citric hops.
Bottle was 1/2 year old. Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. A amber beer with a beige head. The aroma is of caramel malt and heavy on the hops, just my thing. The taste is sweet caramel malt, bread, alcohol and lots of hops, also just my thin. Medium to full body with a sweet hoppy, alcohol burn finish. Jusy my kind of beer!