Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Well thanks to a wonderful Pennsylvanian BA who sent me this (I think it was Dim) I am sorry this bottle was buried deep in the cellar and was before I kept tracks of my trades.
Bottle poured into my Maudite Snifter (I love that glass) produced a skim of lace across the top of a hazy tea colored brown body with some slight teeny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass
Aromas of malts and caramel sugar hit me strait off. It is kind of funny the flavors of hops are present but no aromas from them. The first thing you taste is a nice sweetness from the grains, then comes the bitter from the hops, and warmth of the alcohol; Great balance
I have been drinking a few barleywine as of late. So I will say that this is somewhat unique in the stronger hops aspect, especially in an aged brew. This is a good barleywine. Not my favorite as of late, but a strong contender. Yes I drink it again
Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy of tpd975, thanks again. Pours deep copper with thin off white head. The aroma is resiny with a mix of orange hard candy and cherry hard candy to go along with pine hop bitterness. The taste has a load of pine hops mingling with sweet orange candy and a bit of cherry hard candy goodness. I get smooth slick sweet malts midway and to the finish. Lots and lots of hops making this practically an IIPA. Yum! Very nice stuff. The pine hop bitterness just hangs on forever into the after taste. Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Miver. Pours an opaque, cloudy amber golden with a small, off-white head. Sweetish aroma of overripe fruit and caramel. Quite full-bodied with sweetish caramel and overripe fruit. Has a kight bitterness in the finish. The archetype of an American style Barley Wine. 010209 gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle, courtesy tpd975. Cloudy brown amber pour, thin white head, with creamy film of lacing. Tons of hops in the nose; incredible considering the age. Caramel and harsh woodsy oak, too. Flavor starts with a nice bitter touch, with a hoppy finish. Caramel, toffee, some chocolate and citrus. Very tasty, held up very well. yespr (47115) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
From bottle, blindtasting #18. Pours murky dark orange to brown with a diminished off-white head. Dense malty, hoppy and slight yeasty aroma. Hoppy and roasted malt flavoured. Smooth, solid flavoured and alcohol presence yet with a lovely balance. Smooth hoppy and wooden finish.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Pours ruby red with a thin tan head. Smells very sweet and resiny. Tastes resiny and bitter with a very cloying finish. I couldn’t bring myself to drink more than an ounce of this one. The weakest of the series. jbrus (4989) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle@Home. Not very strong aroma, black currant, wet clothes and some coffee can be found. Dark ruby color, beige fine head, good lace. Very sweet, very bitter, very fruity, licorice wood, quite complex flavours. Full with a dry finish. Nice complexity but lot the balance a bit. Drake (14062) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2008
12 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a brownish red with a medium frothy head. Low head retention. Malty brown sugar aroma with citrus hop notes. Taste is brown sugar, toffee, citrus and leafy hop notes and vanilla. Full bodied. Very nice. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Bottled. Poured deep orangey-brown with a creamy cap of beige head. The aroma picked up a rich array of darker fruits and tosted toffee with notes of caramel and brown sugar as well.. there was also ample and engaging hop presence represented by spicy floral and citrus.. the balance was there, and this was a real treat to smell! The flavor was skewed just slightly toward the hoppage with aged floral notes and citrus strewn throughout.. sweet toffee and caramel for support.. finished spicier with citrus bitterness and raisiny notes. Heavier-bodied with moderate carbonation that moved it well across the palate.. warm at the back and memorable. Great, great brew! JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Finally decided to crack one of these - REally nice looking reddish-amber color with a medium head. Aroma is of orange peels, candy, pine, dark fruits, and a plethora of other scents. Flavor is still quite hoppy with a heavy dose of citrus and pine, some wildflowers, a large sugary-dark fruit bite, and a really nice thickness that is present throughout. Nice feel and finish. I think this one will be awesome for many years to come, and could be one of my favorites in 2012 or so. To the brewers - please, please make this part of the regular rotation as I will be happy to drop lots of cash on cases of this stuff - most of which will be cellared for a long, long time and enjoyed as only a beer this fine can be. Its best days are way ahead of it, but I don’t know if I have the patience to wait for this thing to mature!