bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
Bottle. Amber colored beer with an off-white head. Toffee aroma with a hop backing. Flavor of hops, then a strong alcohol presence, followed by a toffee/coffee malt that lingers in your mouth. It's balanced between the hops and malt, but the alcohol presence is much higher than I'd like (yes, it's a barley wine, but in this one the alcohol is too much in the forefront). Leaves a nice hop bitterness in your mouth. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Pours hazy amber with no head. Yeasty bread and malt aroma. Initial malt taste fades to bitter hops quickly. Very gritty mouthfeel. Not very well balanced. Sittng on one for next year. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Limited winter 2005 release! Perfect mahogany color with almost no head. Sharp fruity/alcohol aroma. Smoothness. The aroma pervades into the taste, but not nearly as sharp as the smell. The taste is like raisins or other darker fruits with an alcoholic edge (but in a smooth way). I think it would taste better if aged for a year or two. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Vintage 2005 - 11,26% ABV in this version. Beautiful deep amber, small off-white head. Pronounced alcoholic nose. Sweet caramel, very spicy with a pronounced bitterness - if not exactly suffocating. 170705 footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Sheez,gotta say thatmthe fruit and hops here could have used a year or two of aging.Still,I liked the hoppiness thru’ all the rawness.I have a few to age.
LinusStick (3459) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
I hate this style but this was a very good representation. Aroma of strong malt, Vick’s Vapo-Rub and alcohol. Pour was a murky light brown with no head. Taste was very thick and hot. Mostly strong caramel malt with a little hops aftertaste. Good as far as this style goes but way too big and way too much. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
2006 vintage. Pours a light ruby brown in color. Smell is hops, alcohol and some malt. The hops are still shining through in the taste even after more than a year in the cellar. Nice huge mouthfeel. This one will definitely hurt you at over 11%. A decent warmer on a cold winters night. asedzie (826) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle. Pours copper with dense moderate beige head, lacing. Aroma is sticky toffee malt, mild fruity hops - pineapple, passion fruit, strawberry - grain spirits. Flavor is grainy sweetness, mild fruitiness, vanilla, heavy alcohol burn, resiny hops. Prickly alcohol and light lingering bitterness in the finish. Palate is thick, mildly oily, with lots of alcohol notes. Powerful stuff, alcohol flavor is prominent. Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Pours a dark brown, much like an IPA, small bubbles, cloudy, nice hop flavor, warming aftertaste, tastes like an IPA but not as strong, the alcohol is well hidden. Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2008
Bottle as gift, 2008 vtg. Yup a big bottle barley wine. Quite sweet. and malty. surprising low hopped for a US Barley wine. Good beer, but kinda hoped for more.