SlimHabib (463) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle pour. Cloudy brown with a large light tan head. Caramel and rye aroma. Thick full body. Caramel, light fruit, and an alcohol aftertaste. Alcohol taste is low compared to percentage. DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Tap, amber pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, very boozy beer. slowrunner77 (12037) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"unique? yes. but give me a barleywine or wheatwine over this. maybe just slightly flawed in the execution, but it ended up a little light on the body and far too fruity to take too seriously. easy drinking and even refreshing...but those aren’t really things i look for in a barleywine :)" User134089 (1644) - - JUL 8, 2014
Type: 750ml (25.3 oz.) bottle
Glass: Fuller’s London pint glass
From: Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Purchased: July 4, 2014
Consumed: July 6, 2014
Misc.: Batch No. 145
Poured a caramel, honey, amber color with two fingers of khaki white frothy head. Similar to look to the Goose Island Pere Jacques that I just had. Average spots of spider web lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled caramel, toffee, plum, slight maple syrup, butterscotch, floral notes, rye and sweetened iced tea.
Tasted caramel and toffee up front. The booziness is there, no hiding the 10.0% ABV. Some maple syrup, rye, sugary flat iced tea, floral sugary notes and light butterscotch.
Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy finish.
A pretty good barleywine. Not in my Mt. Rushmore of barleywines, but it was pretty tasty.
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2014
2010 Bottle. Pours dark amber orange with off white head. Nose/taste of orange pith, spicy rye, dark fruit, light candy sugar, caramelized oranges and candied resin. Full bodied. Gracefully aged.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2014
750. Pours a clear medium amber with a loose and creamy tan head. Sweet malty caramel nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty dark caramel and toasted brown bread on the mid palate. Long toasty caramel finish. ineedbeer (2152) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
From a bottle - Batch No. 66.
Aroma has a nice, darker caramel character with quite a bit of toffee. Faint roast and chocolate notes. Moderate raisin, fig and prune with a bit of alcohol spice. Light, earthy hop notes. Medium light honey and oxidation notes. A faint, slightly off, seaweed note.
Pours a somewhat cloudy copper color with some burnt amber and light brown hues. Somewhat small, daily thin tan head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin film that lingers, slightly thicker on the edges. Light lacing with medium sized legs.
Flavor has a light tartness in it with a moderately strong, harsh metallic character. Moderate bitterness. Some cherry and faint berry fruit notes along with raisin and prune. Medium caramel and toffee notes along with faint roast and toasted bread. Metallic aftertaste with some caramel and toasted bread. Some alcohol spice in the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall this really isn’t a good barleywine, but I am sure age had something to do with the acidity. The aroma is far better than flavor. I doubt the age really had anything to do with the harsh, metallic aftertaste. Bacterial (2999) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Draft at the brewery - amber pour with an off white head and lots of lacing. Very hoppy with some sweetness and booze in the finish. Pretty nice. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
On 06/18/2011. Somewhat hazy orange body with a medium frothy tan head. Sweet fruit and light caramel aroma. Sweet caramel fruit and light floral flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. phaleslu (10239) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2013
750 ml bottle via a trade I did a few years ago. Can’t remember who sent it- thanks, Southern California nice guy! Bottled 4 February 2010. I actually thought it was older by a year or so. Anyway, pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with some red-orange hue and a moderate off-white head. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, rye, dried fruits (raisin, fig), and a steady, warming booze throughout. The hops have pretty much died here due to my 3+ year cellaring of it. Medium-bodied, with a boozy, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonatoin. Nice barley wine.