beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Wow. Troegs does it again! Dark color. Smells simcoe but has more subtle complexities. A bit of chocolate in there. Not much head but that’s no big deal for a barley wine. Clean finish on that chocolate but does not stick around too long. Hop finish that lingers as it is supposed to, kind of like a family member. Excellent showing by Troegs and would like to get another one to see what happens when I cellar it. twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 22, 2009
Pours a really deep, dark mahogany color, dark amber highlights, with a suprisingly big inch and a half of light tan head that sticks around like crazy. Aromas of light nutty malts, flowery and spicy hop notes, Little if any booze on the nose. Flavor starts with some light peppery spice, follows with some booze and smooth toasted malt sweetness. Some citrus in the background. Definitely a sharp hop bite that blends with the evident booze. Palate shows that booze in a light lingering hot sharpness, full flavor and a clean finish. Very good hoppy american barleywine. Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 22oz Bottle. Oozed out of the bottle a beautiful turbid earthy garnet, with amber highlights and a soft creamy tan head that provided remarkable uber lacing. Wonderfully redolent of high alpha hops: pine needles, grapefruit, orange; then caramel-chocolate, raisin, and fig with hints of roast malt. Reminiscent of Nugget Nectar with an intense malting. Tasted spectacular. Fresh pine needles, pink grapefruit, orange - perhaps mandarin - then caramel, cocoa, raisin, fig, slight licorice-toffee spiciness. It’s palate exacerbates the jubilance of the experience. Viscous and soft, full but not heavy, bitter but not cloying, intense but simple, warming but not burning. Amazing. So close to perfection. gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2012
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a barleywine. This hits me as a dark ipa. Tan head that fades quick but clings. Hoppy yet sweet. I like most of the Troegs brews and this is no exception. mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle courtesy of BA’er @Casey3236. Pours a mostly opaque deep nutty brown, with hints of rich woody red. Creamy tan head that held pretty well before fading into a medium collar and a few wisps. Sticky legs and good lacing. Aroma is molasses, deep earthy malt, woody, some leathery damp soil. Taste is dark caramel, nutti-chocolate with some almond like toastiness, leather and earth. Rich mouthfeel, full bodied and low to medium carbonation. I think I aged this one a bit too long, or maybe not long enough. That dirt-like flavor is a little off putting.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2012
22 oz bottle - pours caramel-red with medium lasting tan-white head. Aromas of cocoa, hops, malty figgy goodness. Full-bodied, big palate with bittering hoppy finish. Tasty tasty tasty!!! Bosworth! nittanytide (282) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Poured deep mahogany with a small, white head. Aroma is winter fruit and bread. Taste is raisin (prune?) and apricot, with a unusually dry hop finish for a barley wine. FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Huge thanks to MordorMongo from BeerAdvocate for supplying this one as a generous extra.
A dark oak pour with low clarity, a frothing beige head that grows with the pour and retains pretty stubbornly, lovely lacing.
Massive aroma, beautifully balanced with no apparent booze, this thing reeks of gravity of all sorts.
Taste is interesting, the heavy malts don’t have the presence that I thought they would - the hops here dominate an underpowered malt profile, still a gorgeous mix though, reminiscent of a west coast BW, it reminds my of a heartier Old Ruffian that would probably slide into the typical barleywine malt/hop equilibrium with some age.
Mouthfeel is fitting for the style, no complaints really.
I’m very grateful for getting the chance to try this foreign elixir, would love to throw one or two in the cellar some day - straight to my wants!
mrohia (256) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Chappy's in Dayton, OH on tap. Delicious. Lasts long on the palate. Oak, bourbon and caramel. Perfectly bitter.
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Heh, John Troeg pulled this one himself for me. Not what I was expecting for a barleywine. After discussion with John, he likes to brew an extra hoppy and sweet barley wine, and prefers them to be drunk early as opposed to laying them down, although, he says, and I agree, this may last a 2-5 year laydown to mature. Very sweet on the nose, almost rose like. Not too fluffy on the head, nice malt character to balance out the extra hops. I had a slight orange hint to it, just slightly. A little roast as well, not a char, but a light, light roast.. better than, say the nut brown which is supposed to be maltier. No real prune or rasin taste as I’ve had in most barleywines, nor the overwhelming butterscoth, whcih, for this, fits it well. I wonder if they may make this a standard batch...walked away with a growler full (On Tap 10/13/2007)