StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2007
2006 bottle. Lovely translucent cherry caramel with a grey glacial sheaf on top. Aroma speaks of unadulterated pleasure. Figs piping with amaretto liquor, brandy flambé wit black cherries and plums, pistachios succumbing to Russian vodka and almond butter to seal the deal. Flavorful first sip catches amaretto and maple gloss amidst a fierce plum dimension. Dark fruited cherries come alive in the mouth and cause a glow to the esophagus tubing. Pistachios encapsulated by brandy butter sauce and transitory crème brulee. Rose petal honey floral sweetness circumvents the black cherry vat marriage to caramel liquor. Full bodied and ripe, with a crisp, sweet, citric and aged hop bitterness that wins the dark fruit vintage race and the west coast hop allegiance award. Finish dries out with some harsher Chinook-esque bitterness to seal in the cherry almond wax au caramel. Thanks much for the bottle, tpkenned! badgerben (5281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2007
2006 Vintage. Courtesy of Skyview. Copper color with no head. Big caramel aroma. Very sweet malt and caramel taste. Plenty of hops to keep the sweetness from being overpowering, but not enough to turn it into a malty IPA. The hops do taste a little on the raw, leafy end of the spectrum. Quite nice. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of alcohol, hops, pine, resin, citrus and caramel. Poured dark amber in color with a large, creamy, rocky, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Full of medium-sized particles. Small to medium lacing. Medium to heavily bitter flavor. Tastes of hops, resin, pine, caramel, citrus, and alcohol. Medium body. Sticky texture. Average to lively carbonation. Dry, bitter, resinous finish. I really like this one. Very hoppy. CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
(Bottle) Purchased a 4 pack from Brewery Creek for $15. Pours a thin, white, foamy head with an intense, bubble filled orange body. A pleasant, warm hoppy nose stands out but there is really a nice balance all around. I like the mild carbonation and medicinal malted base but its the young hoppiness that clinches it from me. Very nice... I look forward to the other 3 bottles! marcus (10561) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2009
This dark amber ale poured with a fluffy tan head and an alcohol and treacle aroma. The flavor is toffee, syrup and treacle with some raisin-flavored alcohol. This is the kind of beer that you either love or hate. I’m of the former persuasion.
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Grassy hop aroma along with grainy malts accompanied by caramel, toffee, and prunes. It’s a dark amber color with a dissapearing orange head. Tastes thick with tons of caramel, toffee, and dried fruit. It’s balanced well by a grassy hop punch. A good American style barleywine. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2010
On tap. Speakeasy old godfather. Medium Brown pour. Thin white head. Light booze hop nose. Malty mouthful with a hop booze finish. Interesting and complex. Weird but good. manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
2 12oz bottles shared at Gerry’s Xmas Big Beer Vertical. Thanks Gerry! Pours a deep brown, slightly copper colour with thin head that faded to a ring quickly. Aroma, sweet. citrus, a lot of orange some lemon lime. Bittersweet flavour of caramel,toffee and brown sugar. More grapefruit notes later on. Alcohol is pretty evident and not as refined as I would like, perhaps aging will melow this. Thick body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very nice. Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Medium amber brown, white head. Brown sugar, slightly doughy nose with toffee, herbal, resinous hops also notable. Tastes a bit like cookie dough, maple, more brown sugar, dried fruit, lots of floral and resinous hops finishing it out with a lingering bitter. Bold and tasty with enough balance to make the sweetness tolerable. Definitely a nice American style barleywine. dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2007 bottle. I've been saving this for a long time. Pours dark brown with a small off white. Nose is cotton candy, caramel, hay, pastry and booze. The taste is still bitter. Wow. Good base sweetness but the flavor has rounded out so well. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, body is heavy and finish is long.
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