thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2011
(Draught at GABF) clearish amber with creamy lasting tan head. Nose of honey, caramel, maple, and creme brulee. Taste of big honey, earthy, tobacco, maple, pine, and toasty caramel. Creamy, ridiculous perfect linger and body. One of the best barleywines I’d had in a long time. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
(Draught) Pours a murky brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of cherry, bread, raisins, plum, light pine, and some oxidation. Flavor of raisins, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, pine, grass, caramel malt, and bread. nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
On tap 12/10/10....Rich, smooth maltiness. Sweet and fruity, this barley wine is backed with a nice amount of hops. Very strong and yummy. I had this as a desert beer and was awesome as a post-meal sipper. BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
GABF 2010. Pours clear brown with an average, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), average esters (dried fruit) with notes of alcohol, plum, and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (floral, pine, spicy), light esters (dried fruit) with notes of alcohol, dates, and peach. Full body, high warmth and carbonation, medium creaminess, and a sweet finish. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Sampled at GABF! Not as impressed with this offering from Town Hall. Burnt tangerine pour with a dense 1/8 inch ivory head. Lots of dark fruit, honey baked biscuit, brown sugar, and caramel in this one. Not really tasting the smoked malt influence. Enjoyable but not incredibly complex. Not the sweet cloying overly thick representation of the style. Not bad.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/16/2010. This barleywine pours a medium orange gold color. Medium to small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, bready and sweet with a touch of smoke. A medium to full bodied barleywine. The malts are caramel, sweet and orange. The hops are earthy. Lots of orange and orange rind flavors. There is some maple and smoke in the background. Nice balance. Touch of alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. BVery (10600) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 Tap. Clear amber pour with a clingy creamy head. Maple and smoked peat are present on nose and taste. Some caramel sweetness as well. cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
Growler, courtesy SoLan. Pours a deep garnet with an off-white head, some lacing round the glass edge. A deep nose, very complex malts, some booze, smoke, dark fruits. Caramel flavor, rich malts, not syrupy or overly sweet. A complementary impression of booze. Full bodied and drinkable, fairly lush mouthfeel, dries out from alcohol towards the finish. Excellent English-BW. juiceisloose (1492) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2009
Growler courtesy SoLan. Pours a a dark brown color with a reddish tint topped by a foamy, tan colored head. The nose smells really rich and shows notes of sweet caramel malt, maple syrup, dark fruit, and some smoked malts as well. The flavor is very malt forward as well with the sweet caramel malt and dark fruits up front with maple syrup, chocolate, and smoke on the back end. Full bodied and creamy on the mouthfeel and very easy to drink despite the abv level in this one. The finish is long and roasty with the sweet caramel as well. This is my kind of barleywine. Great stuff. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2009
Growler, courtesy SoLan. Pours a dark, lightly hazy, caramel brown color with a frothy beige head. Obtuse, scattered spots of lacing mark the glass. The nose is really inviting, rich caramel and cocoa malts are accompanied by toasted cookie and vanilla. Smoked dark fruits lend a bit of earthy sweetness to the aroma. Flavors are similar, heavy on crisply baked chocolate chip cookies and toasted caramel, with a distinct nuttiness and smoky background notes. The dark fruit tends to fade away, leaving the choco-caramel cookie as the dominant malt characteristic. Rich up front, the taste transitions to dry and roasty on the finish. Full- bodied, smooth, and dangerously drinkable considering the big ABV. Outstanding barleywine.