j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle at Captain Lawrence courtesy of Greg during the release of Smoke from the Oak Apple Brandy Barrel. Pours a ruby brown with a thin beige head. Plum, prune, vanilla, and a light isopropyl note. Flavors are somewhat akin to decomposing fruit – plum and prunes. Light dry finish. Ok, but not amazing.
DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2009
2006 Bottle. Hazy dark brown/orange colored pour with little carbonation and a nice spicy boozy aroma. Flavor was rich creamy and malty and finished with a little pear and brown sugar on the aftertaste. Ageing has definitely done this bottle some good, as it was very drinkable with none of the alcohol heat of a young barleywine. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2009
The Dan Journal #264. tasted 6/8/09. 12oz bottle. Hazy and murky hue. Bready and bitter rye bread aromas. Full bodied with a soft palate. Nice caramel malt character with a noticeable alcohol burn. Nice bitter finish. This is really nice. Creamy vanilla malts mixed with the bitter and tangy hop finish. Good stuff! TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to skyviw and a dld trade,Pours thick and a hazy burnt orange to brown in color miniamal head aromas of sugsr, malts, caramel,and alchol taste is of all of the above witha sweet smokey,and peaty full bodied strong and bold Dogbrick (13018) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2009
This brew pours a cloudy ruby brown color with a medium and fluffy beige head that recedes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Sugary malt aroma with notes of smoke and vanilla. Medium body with a sweet malt and burnt sugar base and flavors of mild hops, smoke and oak mixed in. The finish is sweet and malty with a charred wood and caramel aftertaste. Interesting Barley Wine overall, yet not as enjoyable as I would have expected from this brewer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2009
12oz bottle from maximum12 poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy amber with a short-lived cream-colored head that leaves a small collar and no lacing.
The aroma is very sweet with lots of caramel malts, toffee and dark fruits, especially figs and raisins. There is also plenty of brown sugar or molasses thrown in and the hops have pretty much faded.
The taste is fairly basic for a barleywine with the caramel malts and toffee forming a decent backbone but with not much else going on. There are hints of dark fruit, but not lots.
The mouthfeel is fairly thick and viscous for the style with a little soft carbonation. The sweetness just coats the mouth completely.
This is a decent barleywine but I think it’s caught somewhere between an English and American barleywine. I don’t think it quite has the big complex sweetness of the English and the hops have faded a bit too much to really be a good example of the American. It’s still a good beer but it may have been a bit better fresh. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle shared by Magjayran. Deep cloudy amber with a yellowish off-white head. Old fruit and malt on the nose with slight hope notes. Got some toffee and tobacco and slight smoke hints here too. I second JCB on the barleywine fatigue, but I suspect this is about as very-slightly-above-average as I thought it was. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle shared by Magjayran - thanks, Jamey! This one was 2 years old, I believe. Thick pour and a slightly still body. Carbonation still fairly lively, decent head. Fruitcake in the nose, with a slight hop kick. Some toffee notes in the flavors, not really blending too well with the citrus that’s faintly detectable in there. But then again, we may have had BW burnout by this point in the tasting. Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle. Poured a ruby brown, with a small white head. Aroma of dark fruit, sweet malt caramel, and light spice. Taste is very malty, with more dark fruit, caramel, and light hop. Finish is warming. Body is medium, with some carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable barleywine. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Carolina crew gathering! Thanks! Muddy brown pour with a thick off white head and drippy lace. Dark fruit and peat on the nose. Caramelized sugar, figs, and light smoke. Dry alcoholic finish. Hop character seemed to be nonexistent