johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Poured amber with a fluffy off white head. Aroma of fruit, candy, and hops. Lots of hops and sweet malt flavors. Some fruit in the finish. Really good. Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
If you have a case of this talk to me. I want it. I could drink this beer all the time. It was very similar to GI IIPA but a little less in your face, which can be a good thing. Huge hoppage aroma and flavor. Undoubtedly simcoe if my memory serves me correct. Great malt backbone to really balance it out. Delicous. Must get more. TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Thanks Steve! Dark, ruddy brown pour. Nose starts off rather medicinal then reveals big hop notes and citrus oils. Taste is VERY hoppy and oily with lots of citrus peel, pine cones and grapefruit juice. Some light malt notes and soft cocoa round this out. Body is medium-full with mild carbonation. There’s lots of lingering bitterness and oiliness to this as well. Ends with more hops, citrus peel, grapefruit juice and sweet malts. Touches of caramel come through as does some melon. Very nice! pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2008 1-4-08 bottle shared with fly and lb4lb THANKS TO ALAN!!!! lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2008
This beer has caused me to fall in love with fly for bringing me this amazing beauty (sorry lb4lb). I was close to tackling lb4lb for wanting to share this (I wasn’t ready to give even a drop of it up). I am tempted to put this in a baby’s bottle and drink it - so scrumptous!
Thick heavy big body with great thick head and lacing. Great malt and hops balance. Rich and creamy on the palate. Ideal amount of alcohol in the flavor. Well made, well balanced. Overall, a complete winner in my book. Yummy, yummy in my tummy!
Big thanks to fly for sharing this great beer! Nicely hopped aroma, but still balanced enough to distinguish itself from something like a DIPA. Rich almost spicy cinnamony like characteristic in the flavor, and quite well balanced I thought. Starts hoppier in the mouth, and finishes with a nice subtle dark sweetness. I got no heat from the alcohol, so fly’s closet must be the perfect aging machine for this delicious beast. Definitely a barleywine worth seeking out.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Pours a dark copper-red with a thin tan head. Sweet caramel and spicy malts and earthy hops on the nose. Sweet heavy malts to start, nice robust peppery hop character, oaky finish. A nice American-style BW. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2007
12oz bottle from BrianK. Thanks dude. Served in my reidel snifter. Pours cloudy brown with a nice half finger head. The nose is floral with a bit of a hoppy edge. Taste is sweet but bitter with a citrus feeling to it. Overall pretty nice but thin on the palate and oddly bitter on some levels. Lets see how it warms up. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with jasonmech77 - Pours a murky brown color with a 1/2 finger thick light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is floral and citrus hops. Flavor is sweet malt, esters, and spiced hops. Medium to full body. The bitterness seems to linger. Slight alcohol warm of the stomach. A very nice sipper. Thanks Jason. IrishBoy (4254) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
12 oz bottle from mj; Nose of piney and flowery hops, with some brown sugar and raisins; cloudy brown with a medium straw head; flavor very piney hop bitterness, caramel, and dark fruitiness. Finish is moderate bitterness mixed with a slight sweetness and a tiny bit of alcohol. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Bottle from Bendo and served in my NB Worthy glass: Deep muddy brown with a small beige frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of herbal and resiny hops, pineapple and tangerine esters, a hint of raisin, caramel and chocolate malt, and a hint of wintergreen. <P> The taste starts quite acidic and fruity with a solid bitterness supported by sweet malt and some candi sugar. Onion, Mint and Grains of Paradise spices come about the boozy finish. The mouth feel is sharp and aggressive with a warming tread along the way. Every now if you like hoppy barley wines, age for a more traditional fare. (Really this is more akin to a Dark IIPA but I digress)