thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013 Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice caramel color, good clarity, minimal head. Aroma is sweet and heavy malt, minor hops.
Taste is right down the middle for barleywine guidelines. Plenty of sweet malt, some mild hop bitterness, some faint dark fruits hanging around in the background. Well attenuated, no alcohol heat or flavors.
Mouthfeel is thick and sticky but not heavy. Still a very young beer, hops still too clear and up front. This would benefit from a couple of years of cellaring to blend the flavors better.
(750ml bottle) clear rich honey copper, fine tan bubbles. Nose of honey, light hops, caramel, rich no oxidation. Taste is sweet and rich, honey, still lightly hoppy, smooth, low carbonation. Excellent. ilovedarkbeer (2752) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2008
On tap. drank with BMan1113VR. 3 oz sampler. Pours an amber color. Almost no lacing. Nose is grape juice, sugar, fruity and oak. Taste is oak, grape juice, hops, sugar, and some bitter tangy aftertaste. Pretty good BW. Actually pretty mild and the mouthfeel is great with well hidden alcohol. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
On tap at the brewpub; drank with ilovedarkbeer. Clear lightish brown-red colored with a ring around the glass. Prunes, figs, sugar, sherry, raspberry and red grape juice in the aroma. Taste is sugary and oxidized with strong rochefort cheese notes, some oakeyness as well. Goes down nicely. chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Semi-cloudy, very deep dark red tinted copper color. Small light tan dense looking head. Nice nose of figs, plums, small amount of earthy hops come through. Mouthfeel is ever so slightly chewy, very light on carbonation. A bit of smokiness comes through in the flavor, the German hops are just a touch too dominate in the flavor for my taste in Barley Wines. Nice dry finish. It got much more balanced as it warmed – the hops didn’t overpower the flavor so much. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Pours a reddish brown with yellow highlights, cloudy, beige head that’s creamy and soapy looking, good lacing. At first, it’s the hops that jump out of this beer, but that’s just the initial aroma as the beer takes about an hour to properly warm up from the "irritatingly cold" serving temperature. As it warms, there’s rye, toast, roast chicken (or was that my food?), cranberry, orange juice, and grapefruit. Doesn’t smell like an homage to German ingredients, but given that it’s a barley wine, that’s fine. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, wood...overall it’s big and sweet. Some bitter citrus and grapefruit flavor, but not in a "hoppy barley wine" kinda way. Finishes with a roastier interpretation of the caramel flavor with some hay/pine hop flavor, and a slightly pungent rye toast. Full bodied, medium to thick mouthfeel, creamy and slick. No noticable heat on this. Reminds me of a more caramelly Old Foghorn, with a bit more pungency in hops and rye tendancies. It’s a shame that trying this with 2 years or so on it is gonna be virtually impossible. Eh, maybe their saving some kegs? By the way, this isn’t available in growlers. That sucks!
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours a ruby-brown color with a small head. Very malty aroma... sugar and caramel. Hoppier than I expected, but with fruit and caramel malt hints of, as well.
On tap at the brewery.