TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle pours clear amber with spare off-white head. Aroma and flavors of cookies, caramel, and apples....almost reminds you of an apple dumpling from Pennsylvania Dutch country. Nice balance of candied sugars and tartness of Granny Smith apples. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2010
In short: A gross disgusting sweet mess.zizzybalubba (1862) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2010
How: Bottles at two different tastings. This rating for a bottle at Post- BCTC 2010 tasting
The look: Almost clear copper body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is uber sweet with vegetal notes. Taste is slimy, honey, rotting stuff, sport gear sweat, vomit, whatever. Someone popped up a bottle at a later tasting two months later (working through my backlog here) and it was just as bad. I don’t know what’s wrong with that brewery but this is not the first beer I rate below 2 from them. That beer is like a gay bull. It is fucking bullshit.
16 oz. bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI (2007 bottle with gold wax). Dark amber pour with a very thin off-white head. Very fruity orange and pineapple aroma at first that quickly fades into a sweeter tangerine with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee. The flavor is obviously fruity and is more akin to wine than beer. The flavors that come to mind are cherry, red wine, and caramel. The commercial description lists "sherry-like qualities" and I would agree with that. This is one of the more interesting barley wines I have tried. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly murky copper color with a slight head. The smell is actually pretty fruity and malty. Fruit aroma is that if plum and fig with slight soy. Medium/heavy mouhfeel. Zero hop presence. Surpisingly fruit. Not terrible but not great either. jrob21 (3662) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle back from BOTW. Pour is a syrupy and delicious looking copper color. This has all the qualities of a rich malty wineish drink without the burning alcohol you get in a lot of these takes on a barleywine. Points for that. Cherry, fruit, plum, a little molasses in the flavor. A sipping kind of drink due to the sherry like sweetness. An entirely too smooth finish. Hope profile is a little faint, grassy, herbal. A pretty nice and well balanced take here.
nearbeer (5368) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Wax-top pint bottle. Deep copper with a lasting ring of creamy bubbles. Nose is cherry liqueur and raisin. Flavor is the same with some light oak. Medium body is slightly sweet, thinned by the alcohol, and lightly carbonated. j12601 (10948) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Had this at BCTC after the fest, back at the campsite. Pours a clear orange brown with a thin white head. Tons of sugar and caramel, toffee and vanilla. Lots of caramel, sweat malt. Very sweet. Toffee and light bitterness on the finish. Overall way too sweet. shadey (2125) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle from BOTW. pours a nice amber with quickly diminishing head. Aroma is that of a well-aged barleywine rather than a fresh one. Flavor is much the same but with a hint of sourness. Very nice stuff. Sprecher is a bit of a sleeper brewer. jb (3218) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Cherry, yeast, oranges, tea, caramel and general sweetness are in the air. Appearance-wise it is murky orange, brown tinge, tiny head, no lacing. Toffee palate, I was afraid this one would be too sweet from the nose, but not bad. Has a nice mouthfeel, a little grainy after the sugary start. Apples in the flavor too along with a tiny amount of booze. Nice. Except for the wax over the bottle cap, what a pain those are. RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
pours red-orange with a nice white head and no lacing. sweet candied fruit aroma. dark fruit flavor with rich, sweet maltiness. Yeasty finish. A nice beer but more like a sour ale than a Barleywine