Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2011
Aroma of anis, cloves, and malt. Appears murky without being chunky. Tastes of clove and barley with sweet malty undertones. Very exciting. phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 This is delicious. Caramel cocoa malty hop nectar. Not a classic barleywine adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Pours a muddy ruby brown amber with a medium beige head. Wonderful aroma of simcoe hops, citrus and pine. Taste is very hoppy with hints of simcoe, toffee, caramel, citrus and pine. SUPERB !!! HailSquishface (16) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Huge thanks to The_Epeeist for this.
Pours a dark chestnut into my giant snifter with the tiniest head that disappears quickly leaving some lacing.
Smell: The best nose on a barleywine I’ve smelt in a long time, maybe it’s the huge snifter, but I doubt it. Really Earthy, Citrus and Caramel dominate with Rum, Rasins, and Toffee.
Taste: Sweet, Fruity, Caramel, Woody(I’d swear this was oaked), a little bit of Dark Fruits, Pine, Citrus, Burnt Sugar aftertaste. Heavy and Smooth. FROTHINGSLOSH (7670) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a very large orange-tan head. The aroma was very strong piney and grapefruity hops with a fruit cocktail element throughout. The flavor was wonderfully rich and strong with notes of pine, fruit cocktail, pink grapefruit, sugar, cocoa and lightly roasty malts. The finish was long with resiny hops. The mouthfeel was thick and full. Wonderful.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
22oz bottle. Wow, an amazing BW!!. Pours deep brown with a beige head that left tremendous lacing on the tulip. Tons of citrus and piny hops on the nose as well as caramel, toffee and roasted malts. Flavor held great hop bitterness with sweet caramel, toffee and candied tree fruits to bring everything together, brilliant! jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Poured a cloudy and brownish-red with dark brown hints. An small off-white head fully disappeared instantly.
Toasted grain and multiple hop direction leads in the nose. Grapefruit and spruce/pine mintiness is blunt.
Alcohol is strong but sweet and fruity. Toasted grains are very burnt and slightly acrid. The flavor is not as bitter as expected, but is indeed highly hoppy. Depth of complexity is modest. Sweetness is medium and has a distinct burnt sugar aftertaste. The finish is chewy and malty, semi-sweet and lightly bitter. The mouthfeel is thickish and medium-full bodied.
Great offering, the strongest I have had from this brewery and one of the tops in this style. craftsy21 (6) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2010 does not count
Not a big barley-wine fan usually, but my friend told me this was a must try and I was blown away. A mix of all the best part of Troegs brewing. cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2011
22oz bottle, 1 year aged. Amber color disipating off white head. Aromas are malty, figs, raisins, pretty rich overall. The nose has really held up well. First sip is really interesting, big hops are still present in the finish, big sweet malty up front, mid palate is thick, tons of life in it. I’d give it another year anyways for re-review to see how it has progressed. Really balanced, rich raisiny palate. So good. garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Purchased at the Brewriver GastroPub in Cincinnati, Ohio on 12/05/2012 at 6:44 pm - hey, I kept the tag - This is a wonderful, effervescent, full bodied mahogany-hued brew that recalls the wild Alpine mountain goats!