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! Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2006
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. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2005
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. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Sampled draught at Terminal Gravity in Enterprise, ORDYCSoccer17 (3703) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
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.
6 ounce sample on tap at Beveridge Place Pub. Sweet, fruity, and vinous aroma. Nicely aromatic. Transparent garnet-amber colored body with a small, off-white head. Starts sweet, sugary, and caramelly. Nice malt character. Light roastiness in the middle, before this finishes with more sweetness and vinousness. Really tasty and easy-drinking. Dangerous.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Tap at Horse Brass in two different years! 02 and 05. Both versions were very tasty though different, with a much more pronounced earthen/pine hop presence in the 05. The 02 was a smooth malt bomb, delicious meld of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. The 05 had all that but a little less pronounced and with more hoppiness. Would drink both versions again in a heartbeat. pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2014
On draught at 2014 CellarFest at Bailey’s Taproom. 2009 vintage. Amber golden color. Aroma is very oxidized, with caramel, citrus hops, and burnt sugar notes. Taste is caramelized hops, oxidation, burnt citrus, and dark malts. Smooth mouthfeel, but with a wicked hop note in the finish. mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: No head. Mild aroma. Nice flavor. Firm bitterness. Great body that pushes the boundary of "syrup-like" while remaining not cloying. omhper (25256) - 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. 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.