Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
On tap at celebration of the suds in AC. Pours foggy dark red/brown with a slight tan head that fades into nothing quickly. Aroma is of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, hint of yeast. Flavor is heavy on the dark fruits with a nice roasted chocolate finish. Some citrus and candi sugar throughout. Brigadier (3700) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
650 ml bottle
kassner (1669) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Lurking in the cellar for over a year I finally caved. The label was crying out for attention and I was in the mood for a mellow barleywine. The result was a nice evening spent reflecting on what time can do to a solid beer. This particular one has held up very well although I doubt I would want to age it must past a year. Already some of the best characteristics seemed to be fading away.
Aroma / Appearance - An opaque mahogany body was like a glass full of muddy pond water after a strong storm. The head was th color of old paper left to yellow in the sunlight. Hot chocolate with an old book on the back porch or patio brings to mind a cool fall afternoon. Warm, open, and soothing the impact is instantly inviting.
Flavor / Palate - A thick chunk of melted caramel flowed across the tongue and down the throat. Warming the palate gently at first it built to a crescendo around halfway through the bottle. The roasted nutty finish then lingered for quite a while even after wrapping up the remnants. Overall it was a bit like licking a pile of acorns. This has some promise and probably was best enjoyed a few months ago but such is the nature of cellaring. Maybe next time I’ll try it on tap to compare.
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2012 Color of thin chocolate, nice head and a nice beer but quite sweet with lots of caramel notes and fruits
August 2012 On tap at Roasthouse Not much head with what appeared to be some chill haze, nice barley wine CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours a ruddy brown with hints of orange gleaming around the edges. Aroma is piney and resinous, with a brown sugar, malty backbone. Flavor is much more hop forward than I particularly like in a BW. Alcohol becomes evident on the finish, warming on the way down. Nice. 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.
jbrus (4990) - 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. GMCC2181 (1611) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle shared by robert at SL. Red in color, decent head... malty aroma..... Sweet taste...sugary taste, a little to sweet for my liking. Super malty. Nice texture. Overall an enjoyable beer but just to sweet for my liking.... fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2009
Aroma of citrus and pine hops with big caramel malt and a distinct, odd sort of sweet aroma, really sweet fruit or yogurt or something... Flavor also had some very sweet dessert notes, maybe in the area of praline, in addition to more of the nice hopping and more expected rich caramel malt. There was also an odd side to the flavor with some meaty notes for me as well. This beer was kind of all over the place for me, even the praline notes seemed out of place somehow, though pleasant in its own right. A lot of good stuff, and nothing terribly bad-tasting, but left me more confused than anything. sallad (115) - USA - JUN 16, 2009
Hazy bronze, reddish highlights, thick, fizzy head is darker than you would expect. Resiny aromas of sweet honey, pine and blueberry. Large malt body, perhaps slightly oxidized, with a bit of citrus in the finish and a thin, dry bitter aftertaste. Definite alcohol warmth on the way down. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
22 oz bottle from the Ratebeer Tasting. Pours a dark brownish near opaque hue, dark, a small offwhite head laces fairly well. Aromas are fruity, pear and apple with a touch citrus, some light spicy yeast with a touch of stibk. Ighjt, yeast, a nice fruity fairly boozy ale.with some light spive, fairly good bitterness. Finish is largely sweet and yeast, with a decent bitterness.