adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2006 vintage. Pours a clear coppery amber with a red tint and a creamy medium sized beige head. Aroma of caramel malts and slight pine. Taste of caramel malts, faint pine and candied sugar. A tasty barleywine. mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2008
Pours a beautiful clear ruby-red with a short-lived head and some lacing. Fantastic aroma - sweet caramel and nice, crisp, fresh hops. Wonderfully malty, fruity taste - very fresh hops, very present alcohol. Light diacetyl. Resinous, astringent hop character in the finish. Body can be creamy and pleasant when a head is worked up, decent carbonation. What a real treat - I look forward to ageing this and tasting again in a year! tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2008
Fresh citrusy hops over a round malt sweetness with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Brilliantly clear amber brown body is topped by a decent tan head that recedes to a partial cover with slight lace. Plenty of fruity esters over sweet malts and citrusy hop flavour. Bitterness creeps in and is quite pronounced and lingering. Alcohol is very present in the flavour and is quite warming as well. Medium body with very creamy texture and pleasant, lightly pointy carbonation. Snifter. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Brewery Creek, Mar-08). jonno (2761) - JAPAN - AUG 15, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 very bold but easy drinking beer. Gotta be careful been caught a couple of times with this one. Very hoppy and a bit syrupy. Seems a little unrefined but a tasty drop none the less. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Sweet sugary/hoppy nose. Some citrus/pine/floral notes + caramel toasty and some fruity malt notes. Well rounded aroma, very enjoyable. Another beautiful beer - copper, bright filtered, awesome head retention and awesome lace. Fuck yeah hoes. Full of fruity hops - grapefruit and citrus, floral notes - toasted malts, caramel, light iced tea, lots of lingering bitter hops. Smooth and well bodied with solid drinkability all things considered. Yes.
jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Tap of the 2001 vintage, sampled at the Tornodo in December 2002. Ruby color with a tan head that quickly laced. Deep fruit (cherries and plums) and caramel aroma and flavors. A fine barley wine. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
A very enjoyable barleywine to say the least! A nicely balanced attack of hops and malt in the nose AND on the palate. There’s a citrusy grapefruit hoppyness to it that I found enjoyable with a clean finish. Not sweet at all like the barleywines I enjoy, but it is interesting to see a different angle on this style. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2007
Pours a clear orange with a moderate white head. The aroma is raisin, sweet grapefruit, some vinous notes; the flavor is caramelly but not too sweet, lots of nice citrus, a bit of cardboard oxidation, some dried fruit, a well-balanced hop finish that I prefer to some of the overhopped Californian barleywines. The mouthfeel is astonishingly quaffable - very little hint of the 10.2% (I would have guessed more like 8%), not too sticky, dangerously easy to drink.
This is a simple barleywine; there’s not a lot of complexity underneath and it certainly doesn’t bring the malts out to any sizable degree. Perhaps that explains the low average that it seems to be pulling here on this site. But I like it; I really like it. This is a very drinkable beer, a session barleywine if such thing exists; it reminds of many of the Californian renditions of an American Strong Ale. but more drinkable. Think any of the Lagunitas limited releases, but much better balanced. It could easily serve as a house beer for me.
(Bottle) Pours beautiful dark copper red. Fruity, hoppy and caramelly aroma with some smaller notes of floral-ish perfume and a nice acetone like alcohol warmth. Some apples and canned pears. A bit sugary but rather fresh nose. Sweet malty and hoppy flavour with notes of fruits, caramel, light fudge and a nice, fiery alcohol warmth in the flavour as well. Clean, sweet mouthfeel but never cloying. Some floral bitterness in the finish. Medium to full body. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2007
bottle, from trade with jasonmech77. Great aroma, sweet. citrus, alot of orange some lemon lime. caramel/toffee/brown sugar. Clean brownish orange color (classic copper actually) Small head that faded quickly to a ring, little to no lacing. Bittersweet flavor. Some of the aroma is in the flavor, but gets bitter. Citrus turns more grapefruit. ABV makes it hot. Still sweet as I roll it on my tongue. Thick body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very nice, gave me a flash back to when I had their IIPA at the Toronado many years ago. I got a drying on the finish that reminds me of how a hop flowers tastes. Excellent really, IMO