BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2012
On tap at 3 Floyds. Dark amber, thought I caught a bit of a reddish tint. Fruity (almost reminded me off fruit cake) and caramel on the nose. Floral hops give this brew a real unique aroma. A little alcohol on the finish but blended nicely with the hops.definitely warming quality....don’t have much history tasting barley wines but I liked this one. jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Tap @ CBC. Deep amber orange color with a tiny white head. The nose is sweet malty peaches and pineapple. There’s definitely a nice hop presence though. Bouncy malts. The taste is peach juice and strawberry, some caramel and hoppy cheese. Like a very malt-forward IIPA. A bit hot and astringent. Full bodied, prickly carbonation. Overall, very nice. Scopey (14778) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
Tap at CBC, May 2012. It pours orange-amber, with a thick off-white head. The nose is spice, honey, hot cross bun, sweet fruit, grass and pine. The taste is wood, leather, lemon pith, varnish, grass, resin, golden syrup, booze, spice, grass and hot cross buns, with a long, warming-bitter finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Overall a good hoppy barley wine, which I think I would prefer with a few years on it. Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Amber, small dense white head. Aroma is a bit buttery, caramel, malt. Taste is sweet dark fruit, hint of hops. Low carbonation. Good barleywine, wish it was thicker, sweeter. Ungstrup (37676) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
A clear amber beer with a disappearing orange head. The aroma is sweet malty and very hoppy, while the flavor is sweet with strong notes of alcohol, combined with preserved fruits.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
NJ, Pocono, Philly YEHa!’05. Deep amber body with some noticeable viscosity and a thin filmy off-white head. Appealing range of citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas but also smells quite resinous. Alcohol is also quite apparent in the nose. Flavor is not exactly bad but was too rough and out of balance. Hop profile is like sucking on tree bark, the bitterness is coarse and harsh yet the residual malt sweetness seems quite high, and the impression of alcohol is elevated and hot. May just need time for the hop flavor and bitterness to soften and the malts to open up and provide some integrating balance. As a young barley wine, this wasn’t especially pleasing. I preferred the small sample that I mixed with a dash of New Glarus Belgian Red. Long sought after, I won’t say I’m disappointed but rather be optimistic instead and say that a re-rate is pending circa 2008 if the beer gods grant me the opportunity.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
22oz waxed bottle. RLB YEHA-05. Poured a deep orange in color with no head. Hoppy and sweet aroma. Piney and citrusy. Light malt presence.Sugary sweet and hoppy flavor. Caramel notes. Very hot Finish is hot and sweet. Ok. Needs some time. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Huge, grapefruit aroma, very citrusy, not much else, though assertive and yummy. Pours with a tiny little fizzy head (not as creamy as the label makes you think), dark brown. Taste has lots of sweet caramelly malts with a delicious hop kick... not very bitter but still hoppy. Alcohol is not well hidden at all, though palate is still creamy goodness. 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. Enniskillen (2055) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Foggy brown and amber hue with no head. Aroma is peach, pineapple, caramel, yeast, and butterscotch. Taste is sweet with caramel, alcohol, bit of watery chocolate, light hop note. Smooth on the palate.