obguthr (6358) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Cherry, orange, cashew nose, volatile. Clear amber, medium head. Peanut and cashew, maraschino cherries. Full body, easy carbonation, warm. GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2015
~5 oz pour on draft at Sweetwater Tavern Merrifield. Clear amber orange with beige head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, light alcohol. Tastes of citrus, caramel, candied fruit, light floral notes, brown sugar, some malt and alcohol. Medium body with a dry finish. Solid barleywine on the citrus/floral side. jefcon (1853) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A really quaffable barleywine; it goes down easy. Floral notes, a pinch of pepper, not much malting to cloud the issue. This is what a brewpub barleywine should be. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2010
This poured a nice reddish color with an off white head. Aroma was of toffee, caramel, toasted malts, and light hops. Flavor was lots of darker fruit notes, very sweet, some caramel, and light alcohol. Very drinkable to the ABV scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Draft - Merrifield. Dark amber, thin creamy off white head. Rich warm raisin and honeyed citrus aromas warm to soft touches of cherry toffee brittle. Big malty caramel and dried dark fruit tones ride a deep citrusy hop flavor from start to finish. 10.3% is well hidden. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. A very nice sipper...
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 07/15/2006JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 6, 2007
Source: Tasting, RBSG, 2006
clear amber, thin fine cream head, nice lace, big sweet candy aroma, big thick body, sweet malt flavor, candy character that tries to be fruity but needs a couple of years to make it, light bitterness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Turns out someone had already paid for this at the bar for me, which is good, because I wouldn’t have enjoyed paying for this. Has the proper cranberry-brown look, with a lemony yellow head that lasts for a very long time. Smells of severely burnt sugars, dates, cherries, and banana esters. Taste is uneven, off-balanced for a barleywine. Doesn’t seem refined. Flavors all over the palate, don’t line up. Suffers from an out of place pine hops. Aftertaste is pure sappy sweet pinecone and pine needles. The alcohol is way too high for a beer with this many flaws. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Sampled on 7/15/06 at the RBSG ’06 Grand Tasting out of a growler: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a nicely-lacing wispy light tan head. Big complex caramely malty and lightly fruity aroma has some fresh citrusy hoppiness and strawberry notes. Body starts with nice sweet sticky caramel maltiness and some light fruity notes with some fresh hoppy bitterness. Mild complexity with lots of residual fruity estery sugars. Finishes full bodied and hides the alcohol fairly well. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
RBSG 2006 - DC Grand Tasting Lineup
Amber, mahogany, nice head and lacing. Nose of sweet chewy caramel malts. Hoppy nose and some caramelly maltose. The finish is strong, plenty of malty sweetness and hoppy notes. Calling it a night after this beer. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Sampled at RBSG 2006 grand tasting. copper penny color, off-white head. strawberry shortcake sweetness. really good barleywine.