tmoreau (4805) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
2010 competition 750 ml. bottle with a Philly origin, brought out of the cellar to share with craft friends, and poured to snifters showing a cloudy, brown tone, with a modest layer of light tan head foam, and spotty lacing. The aroma was malty, and presented caramel & brown sugar notes of sweetness, spice, but also some earthy, and lightly vegetal hints. The taste was again, sweet, then herbal, with resinous astringency that lingered into the finish. Somewhat boozy, and better than medium bodied. Seems to have aged fairly well, esters have mellowed, but the nose was a little suspect. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2010
tap @ phily. An intense barley wine. Dark brown pour with foamy off-white head. Arouma of plums brandy licorice and brown sugar. Sweet caramel and toffee candy. Finishes bitter and boozy. Verges on cloying. Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
On draft at the Philly location. Pours a dark mahogany red with an off-white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, bubble gum, candied sugar. Flavour of lemon peel, pine, citrus and tea. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2010
On tap in Philly. Deep ruby brown with a scant beige head. Nose is caramel, honey and raisin. Medium body with a tingle. Taste like the nose is mostly sweet; orange peel and hints of sherry, with an earthy, grassy bitterness to balance. Hopping just about perfect; usually requires some aging to suit my preference. Lovely. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Draft at Philly. Clear burnt ruby with somehead but not much lacing.
Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, dates, and American pine-like hops. Tastes smooth and not overly heavy, and the
Alcohol is well hidden. Very nice beer.
adrian910ss (2606) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JAN 6, 2010
On draft at the Philly location. Pours a dark yet clear maple coppery color with a frosty medium sized tan head. Aroma of piny citrus, bubble gum and candied sugar. Taste of candied sugar, pine, citrus, bubble gum and tang. Very nice. One of the best barleywines Ive had to date. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2010
tap at philly. Pours a nice clear bright amber with a nice lasting slightly off white head and nice lacing. Aroma is nicely fruity with restrained esters- figs, pears, raisin, apricot and blends well with a nice restrained American hoppiness- light citrus and some tropical fruitiness- all on top of a nice big smooth sweet caramel malt backbone. Flavor is smooth sweet , yet not cloying at all, warm toastiness, caramel- yet not sharp dark crystal, lighter carapils like, fruits, dried apricots, raisins and sugary dates, clean restrained hoppiness surrounds the big malt character, and finishes with a very clean balanced bitterness. Smooth and lingering finish- great big fresh hoppy American style Barleywine that isn’t overdone, over-hopped, or too sweet- nice! egajdzis (6854) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Reddish mahogany with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus fruits, toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits, vanilla, and some alcohol. Taste of pine, grapefruit, citrus fruits, caramel, vanilla, and a bitter hoppy finish, with a fair amount of alcohol as well. keepersj12 (3143) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 A delightfully refreshing barley wine. The aroma is wine like with fruit and spices with some hops in the background. It pours an amber orange with a small white lacing head. The flavor is wonderful with a sweet start and a strong west coast hop finish. Very nice after taste that stays with you long after you’ve left the bar and were heading to Monk’s.