JorisPPattyn (9927) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
Red-amber beer with orange-amber head, gone in seconds. Rich, vinous, brandy-like nose. Grapes, ripe fruit as apricots and a lot of alcohol. Further aroma of lavender or rosemary. Earthy, vinous, mouldy (in the nicest possible way), mushrooms, refined citrus flavours. Hops retronasal: dry, imposing, but not dominating. Lots of malts underneath, coloured malts, rich. Resiny hops make up the balance; Rich, velvety, nearly buttery and superbly sensual MF, and a LOT of alcohol. A truly worthy BW. Well balanced, imposing but not pretentious, which is a bit a 3F problem... axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Iíve been waiting a long time to try this. Recently, I was fortunate enough to cross paths with 2 bottles within a couple of weeks of each other. Huge hops all over. Could very easily be mistaken for a double IPA. Very much worth the wait. Boutip (6312) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size white head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops is easily distinguishable with a nice strong malt presence to back it up. Taste is well balance mix between sweet malt with a strong presence of citrus and floral hops. Body is lighter then expected and alcohol is well hidden. Probably a bit too much hops for my personal taste but very good nonetheless. jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 hops ooze out of every crevice in this one - resinous hop syrup body, itís almost offensively hoppy. extremely bitter throughout, and if i hadnít had someone to share the 22 oz with, i donít think i would have finished it. drinking it was a chore, although this beer could be good in small doses.... i enjoy the malt profile, but simply too much hops for a barley wine. ugh, iíll stick to some more balanced barley wines. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Hops stand out in the aroma - resiny, piney, and peach-grapefruit citrusy; alcohol is next - peppery and fruity with a slight burn; and lastly there is some caramel malt to provide some balance. Clear ruby-amber color, thin wisps of off-white head linger, but very little head formation or retention overall. Caramel-fruity sweetness overpowered by resiny hop bitterness in the flavor - big flavors all around, with bitterness winning out in the end. Full body, some hop-derived astringency and mild alcohol burn, moderate carbonation - not really easy-drinking, but less harsh than some other barleywines. Overall, this is a big, in-your-face barleywine. Imagine a souped-up car stereo - everything is cranked to the max, the whole car is shaking, but it is high quality system - loud but little distortion. Is it too loud? Thatís a matter of personal taste - but this is definietly barleywine cranked to the max.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours a mahogany/ruby red. Big alcohol ride, fruity, dark fruits, raison, pear, grapefruit, still with a hoppy alcohol bite, and ever so slight chocolate and caramel, but still staying hoppy. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 Courtesy of Sprinkle
Huge blast of caramel malt and hops in the aroma. Dark amber/brown in color with a lazy pinky thin tan head. Thick luscious caramel malt and brutal bittering, grapefruit laden, hops are the only really flavor notes here. The thickness of the malt is admirable, but if you donít like huge hops this gets old fast. RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
This beer offers the nose a well developed aroma of hops, barley, caramel, and toffee. It is a mahogany solution that resides under a good almond colored head and leaves heavy lacing on the side of the glass. This heavy beer is sweet and smooth. The flavor is an infusion of hops, barley, and caramel. There is a mild hint of alcohol that can be detected in the aftertaste of hops and caramel. DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2006
22 oz bottle, thanks Walt! Dark amber color with a slight haze. Small head that doesnít last long. Wonderful hoppy and malty aroma. The sweetness in the flavor mixes well with the bitterness to give you the best type of barleywine. Lots of citrus flavor and aroma plus some resin hops as well. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Nice carbonation on full-bodied palate. Delicious. BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Bottle:Clear auburn color, tanish green head, decent lacing. The nose is thick with creamy malts, lots of maple syrup and brown sugar sweetness. The hops are more subdued than the usual barleywine and has some sappy, piney qualities. The flavor isnít so great and complex, just balanced and creamy and oh so delicious. Very little alcohol and sweet candy hops, very nice. The finish is creamy with a smooth hoppy tial. Dessert or adult beverage, a blend of both. Elegant, easy drinking. Thanks to kramer17801 for this bottle!