after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Draft at Uber. Pours cloudy, rubied medium amber. Thinnish but dense moussy off-white head. Big sweet nose: cookie dough, caramel, graham cracker, toffee. Medium body, light carb. Slickish, kinda sweet and twangy but still palatable (actually, as the glass wears on, the twang gets much more overbearing). Dough, crackers, and caramel come around again for the mid-palate, joined by a burning leaf hop zap that carries through to the finish. OldMrCrow (2443) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2007
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Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Pours a copper orange with scarcely any head but instead a thick lacing of tiny white foam. The aroma of candied grapefruit and rich caramel is lovely, but the hops cut too hard and the palate burns way-hot, leaving what seem to be a very nice set of malt flavors and complexities so thoroughly outmatched that I’m having a hard time appreciating what doubtless are the finer, more subtle aspects of the flavor.
Maybe with a few more years on it, this one would be nice. Now, it’s too heavily hopped and the alcohol needs time to mellow.
2005 vintage on tap at the Horse Brass for their 30th anniversary. Pours a deep amber color. Aroma is bittersweet with a slight astringency from the alcohol. Amazing mouthfeel, one of the most viscous beers I’ve ever had. The alcohol is pretty well hidden but what’s more surprising to me is that it’s not cloying at all for being so sweet and syrupy. I usually find beers similar to this in body and sweetness to be repulsive (Breidablik Barleywine, EKU 28) but this is definitely a treat. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2006
This is a bit of a flimsy barleywine, kind of sweet, lamost to the point of cloying when it warms, with lots of rich toffee and caramelzied brown candi sugar notes. Tons of fruitiness, that does it best to mask the alcohol, but has a tendency to fail, as the burn fills your palate. Very NWern style BW and overhopped. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Bronze with a light filmy head and spot lacing. Nice caramel malts with a citrus, fruity background and bitter hops. Rich maltiness with caramel and roast in the flavor. Bitter with some fruitiness. Finishes with a warm bite. Sticky and cloying palate.
Oakes (17844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
Deep golden colour. Rich pale malts with slashing peach fruit esters. Sweet, fruity with hints of alcohol...just hints...until late when it becomes a bit more prominent, offering dryness to this rich malty concoction. Good complexity of malts and esters. omhper (25262) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2006
Draught at Rose and Raindrop, Portland. Brownish amber. Aroma of grapefruit and lychee. Sweet and very hoppy, dominated by juicy grapefruit. There’s enough malt to back the hops, but still leave them on free display. Megabitter finish. It might be a little bit too sweet, but in most aspects this is a truly great, very American style barley wine. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Sampled draught at Terminal Gravity in Enterprise, ORbeerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2005
2003: Hazy ruby color with little head and light lacing. Nose of aged hops, bright fruits and creamy sweet malts. The flavor is balanced, the sweetness offsets any alcohol feel there is. Very nice barleywine. Spicy, smooth, subtle, very eligant but with a burley PNW hop perfume.
2002 vintage on tap at the Portland Barleywine Long Haul Tour. Pours a hazy brown with a fast falling off-white head. Lots of warm caramel in the aroma along with a big prune or raisin sweetness behind it. This barleywine had a really doughy/bready taste that gave it substantial weight on the palate, lots of warming sweetness up front which kept getting better and better as this brew warmed up. This was amazingly well balanced for the alcohol percentage, the hops really held up well over the years to keep the sweetness in check and from getting to cloying. Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2004
99 vintage at Lucky lab barleywine fest: Wonderful and huge! Rich fruityness, orange/mago/kiwi I suppose, with subtle mineral-like backtaste and a touch of rosy floralia(he said, winkling his cumberbun), oh and it's got plenty of hop flavor and backbone...Alcohol is very well hidden. Extreme top drawer goodness!