flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
Beautiful glowing orange color with a creamy medium sized off-white head. Sweet candy grape, brown sugar, light floral hops and alcohol aroma. Sweet malt, brown sugar, floral hops, citrus and alcohol flavors. Thick but crisp feel. Very good! jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Pours an absolutely beautiful dark clear ruby red amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma is is malty with a hint of whiskey and bourbon. Taste is extremely malty with a ton of hops and notes of caramel, butterscotch, honey, dark fruit, plums and vanilla. Sticky, sweet and syrupy - just glorious on the palate. Bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Has a prominent, yet, not overpowering presence of alcohol. Great lacing and head retention. A world class barleywine. Highly recommended! wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 I’ve just sampled this so far. Really powerful aroma which is similar to the Old Numbskull in my opinion. The pour is very creamy and has a nice amber color. The flavor is really great. Very fruity with a lot of malts and hops. I found this to be similar to an English Style Barley Wine. It is like the Old Numbskull but less powerful. The alcohol is hidden well which is quite impressive. Great so far. I will re-rate when I have had more of this.
2005- What is this beer number 199.5? Had this on draft at the Gingerman. Poured a surprisingly light brown color. It is much lighter then the Victory Old Horizontal in color. Great aroma of gin and tonic, pinapple, caramel and various dark fruits. The hops are quite present as well in the aroma along with the alcohol. The alcohol hits hard during the first sip of the beer. The taste is very good with some similarities to the Double Bastard. It is not as smooth as the Double Bastard in that the alcohol is not as well hidden. Still very good stuff though. I’ll give this a 4.3 as well. hayduke (5617) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 22 oz bottle marked early 2006. Poured reddish copper wtih a medium but long lasting head A powerful fruity aroma of vanilla, maple, an maybe grapes greets you. Tons of flavor. Does not taste like it is 11.26 % alcohol. Which is a danger, because you could drink a lot of this...it is that good. If fact this is so wonderful I am going go back to my local COOP where I purchased this and lay in a supply. Like a fine wine you discover, you want to have this on hand to impress friends on just how good a brewed drink can get.
Update 1/31/07. : I bought a bunch back in March and put them in my wine cellar. No one has ever told me how to store beer, so I kept the bottles upright amd at 55 degrees just as it says on the bottle... I decided to do a comparison of the aged bottles and a brand new bottle dated Early 2007 puchased today. I could barelly tell them apart though the aged one was slightly smoother. As I had already given this a five for palate it did not change the overall score. . Aging might be a good idea but it appeared nine months did not make that much difference. I have a few more bottles left, and will check back in another nine months and see if I can tell if 18 monthis improves it any more. harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2006
on tap. good barleywine fruity as well as a good amout of hoppiness a pleasure to drink alcohol was easily hidden. very nice i wish i could have picked up a bottle
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2006
this was second barley wine i had .it was ok i have had better .the only other BW i ever had was FFF behemoth so i really have nothing to compare it to Still overall it was a good beer and everybody likes stone beer so you can not go wrong grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2007
2007 bottle. Def in my top 5 barley wines. very small head which leaves in an instant. Very sweet and complex. Hides the alcohol very well. love it believeUme (17) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Clear light amber with a thin head. Aroma has notes of caramel/toffee butter, sherry, resin, and fruity esters. Sweet malty flavor with a smooth hop finnish. Medium-light flavor with residual alcohol warming. Great barley wine. georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 2007 vintage. Nice deep amber pour. The sweetness of the malt is accompanied by alcohol in the aroma. Strong alcohol flavor with a lingering taste of hops. I actually understood what was written on the back of the bottle for a change.
Early 2006 vintage. Coppery orange pour with an off white head. Aroma is alcohol, some sugar, and a bit of fruit (dried apricot). Taste is strong and sweet and the alcohol is well hidden. It gets to be a bit syrupy. duffmanyeah (16) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Tastes of molasses. Better with age as time has mellowed the alcohol flavor. Robust in texture, full in complexity. This beer could definitely use more time. Fruity aftertaste as it goes down. This is a great year for O.G. I could not contemplate why Greg would possibly write an essay on the back of the bottle though. Non the less this is a great beer with an awesome taste on its own of a stone beer. Cheers!