BückDich (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 isn’t 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! LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Brewblackhole shared this bottle with me(thank you!)Poured a wonderfull reddish copper color.Has a fruity/alcholic/malty aroma to it.Upon first sip I was suprised on how smooth the mouthfeel was.It had a great malty/hop flavor with a hint of alcohol flavor,I was waiting for that huge biitter finish like alot of these higher alcohol brerws have,but to my suprise,it wasnt there.Just wonderfuly smooth all the way through! brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Thanks to a guardian angel for this bottle. Aroma was complex malt, and dark fruit with less hop than I thought I would whiff. Ruby red, brownish color was enticing. The first and second tastes were magical. I shared this bottle with three others and as we took our initial sips, there was a stunned silence in the group, and then a simultaeneous "WOW" . An absolutely perfect combination of rich malt, carmel vanilla, mollasses, all riding a smooth velvet texture down your throat. The aftertaste was so wonderful ,you had to snap yourself out of a dream state,to go for you next sip. If that aroma had been a little more intense, this would be a 20. A new standard has been set. IndianaRed (4936) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle poured a fairly clear auburn, mahogany with a small off white head. Only traces of lacing. Aromas of deep malts and hops that were not overpowering but seemed to compliment eachother well. Flavors were smooth dark maltiness with some soft fruitiness and hops that balanced well and did not leave much bitter aftertaste. Nice smooth heavy feel, and fairly lively carbonation. Thanks to Buck Dich for sharing this from his recent trade. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 12, 2006
22 oz. bomber thanks to magicbill: Cherry amber color with a small off white head. Honey sweet, fruity aroma (orange and cherry). Flavor starts rich and sweet followed by some cherry flavor and ending with a soft orange rind bitterness. Full body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. 10.5% ABV well hidden.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Thanks to Dough77 for this one. You know how some barleywines (mostly English) have a really salty aftertaste? We’ll, this beer has a really salty aftertaste. I expected more malt and hops and I was let down. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good beer, but worthy of 100%? Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Big thanks to Tchrome for sharing a bottle of this with me and to Ray for sending me a couple of bottles! Big sweet PNW nose. Dark ruby red nose with no head. Taste-What? Ginger and cinammon in a barleywine? Medium-high sweetness, honey, molasses, black pepper, pine, maple syrup. Very sticky mouthfeel. Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
At yeha and my homie RLB. Aroma citric hops and caramel and slight fruit as well. Poured a nice carmel type color. Flavor was just great, the aroma leads you to believe your gonna get creamed by the hops but the caramel malts balance well with the hops leaving with just a tinge of sugar. Palate was nice, had a nice warming fullness to appreciate. Overall this was just damn yummy!! Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bubblegum, sticky aftertaste of raisins and pecans, and definite (*sigh*) grapefruit. The malt does a nice job of staying solidly caramel in the background while letting the foreground play with gentle multi-fruit sweetness and a lot of hop acidity. Alcohol warming but not burning. In the end, a lot to like, but too hoppy and the malts were almost too....bright...for this to taste balanced. Some darker caramel/chocolate richness might have sold me. mkgrenwel (621) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Big thank you to Sliffy for a bottle of this. Super hoppy. Cirtus, pine and some othe fruits like strawberry. Not exceptionally bitter. Balanced well with the malt. Malt gives some sweetness and other typical berleywine fruit flavors like plum and raisin. Smooth, buttery mouthfeel. The only flaw here is a bit too much of a buttery/butterscotch flavor that comes out more as it warms. I preferred it when it was colder and the hops were stronger. Still, a great beer.