beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Golden amber color, small head. Aroma is malty and fruity with a touch of oak. This is the first barleywine that I’ve had that was served in a wineglass! Not complaining because it worked. A big and bold aged in oak barley wine. Malts are bold, slightly sweet and very smooth. Hops are slightly spicy. Well balanced. Smooth taste with a slightly oiliness. Reminiscent of a nice sherry. Touch of oak, cask aged 3 years. Incredibly complex flavors. Nice barleywine, worth seeking out. The food at this place is also amazing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a noticeable alcohol bite. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
On tap at the brewery: Slightly hazy orange color with a slight film (tan) on top. The aroma was a very unique candy grape with some nice malts. The flavor was very sweet...candy grape, malts, and some alcohol burn in the finish. The feel was soft and thick. flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Slightly hazy orange color with a creamy off-white head. Strong grape tootsie pop aroma. Rich sweet malty, caramel, and grape tootsie pop flavors. Pretty thick feel, with a somewhat dry finish. My favorite Thirsty Bear brew! mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Had the 2003 edition on tap. A very flavorful and complex barley wine. I was pleasantly surprised. sarie99 (50) - San Francisco, Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2002
1999 brewed. Copper color and hazy appearance. Very sweet aroma - caramel notes. Great flavor, sweet up front, slightly bitter finish. Great barely wine.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
brewed in 1999. Served Thansgiving week 2002. Extremely smooth. Little head and little carbonation. Light PNW hop aroma. Hoppy flavor with toffee and alcohol. Well attenuated and bittersweet. recommended. jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Tap. Hazy amber with a plush head. Lots of fruits, alcohol, and malts. Sweet aftertaste. mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Big malt flavor. Some backing bitterness. Nice. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2/21/04. On draft at Toronado Barley Wine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/21/04. 1999 Vintage. Straight orange amber color. Rocky, off-white head. Small, but with very good head retention. Decent, spotty lacing. Aroma is of orange candy, slightly metallic and with some brown sugar sweetness and depth. Pretty lovely. Mellow amber malts and rich honey creep in with the first taste. Caramel malts and rounded hop character too. Pretty smooth body, but there’s a bit of a metallic edge (probably from subtle oxidation). Finish is long and very smooth. Very drinkable and quite elegant, but lacks the bang of a great aging beer. bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Draft. Rich deep amber with a HUGE off-white head. Sweet malt aroma, spice, and a bit of something resembling wine that turned to vinegar. Caramel malt, and a slightly burnt flavor. Enough hops to keep it interesting. Nice and complex.