Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Courtesy of CigarCityBrew. Pours clear deep amber with thin dark tan head. The aroma is sweet sticky crystal malts mixed with citrus and pine hops and not much else. The taste starts pine hop bitterness that becomes piney, dark fruitiness from dates, raisins and prunes and even some more fruitiness with cherry notes. Nice tasting American style barleywine. It seems to have a smooth balance between dark fruitiness and pine hops with a background of mild malt sweetness. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle courtesy CigarCityBrew. Pours a clear amber with a one finger light tan head that fades to a ring leaving good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and caramel with floral and earthy hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2008
On tap at Brick Store. Dark brown/black pour with cramy tan head. Very nice dried fruit raisin aroma. Very prune juice with a push on raisins. Nice bitter finish. Soldid palate that is full with very good carbonation. Solid BW without any sweet finish very nice hard bitter. The kind of BW that opens the door on the debate is this a bw or IIpa Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Pours a clear light brown with a smallish beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, hops, caramel, and light alcohol. Taste is hoppy and fruity, with raisins and plums. Finish is bitter, boozy, and a little dry. Very nice. Body is full with some light carbonation. Pleasantly surprised to find this was made in Utah! BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Bottle shared by Crosling, thanks Nick. Poured a deep ruby-brown color with a thin beige head that faded to a layer. Aroma of light caramel, some earthy minerals, and light citrus. Light, sharp malt entry with some metallic mineral taste and caramel leads into a lightly bitter hop presence with some undertones of citrus. Moderate fullness on the palate, nice bite. Decent brew, but doesn’t really seem like a traditional barley wine.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2008
a free beer from footbalm!
very hoppy nose and reminds me of a young bigfoot slighly with more sweetness on the finish....actually a good barleywine...wish I could taste an aged one....but one of the best fresh barleywines I have had besides bigfoot...thanks again footbalm! nimbleprop (8297) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Came by way of trade with Footbalm. Thanks Eric. Pours a transparent, ruby, copper with a creamy, lacing, slightly beige head. Aroma much like an IIPa, pine, grapefruit, with some dark brown sugar and sweet baked goods. Heavy mouthfeel with a lasting bitterness and a bit of heat. Flavor is malt forward, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits and some chewy grains. Definite citrus flavors of lemons and pine. Looks good, tastes good, good beer. bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
14th Anniversary Bottle: Courtesy of TBC...thanks Matt. Pours a clear, dark amber with no head. Notes of caramel, roasted malts, wheat and a hint of fruitiness...not much of a hop profile to it. Medium bodied...flavors of toasted grains, some woodsy/earthy characteristics and some hints of caramel. wetherel (1881) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 Wow a 10.4% beer from Utah. Is that legal? On tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta. Dark amber color. Frothy tan head. Sweet hoppy initial aroma. Lingering foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks great. Delicious too. Sweet and malty. 8,5,8,4,17:4.2
Rerate: Bottled on 5/16/08 from ty5592. Aroma is lots of melanoidins. Tastes shows lots of cardboard oxidation even after being 4 months old. Not that pleasant to drink.. Ages very poorly. 7,3,5,3,13: 3.1 iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
12oz Bottled on: 1/14/08, Fourteenth Anniversary from shp555 and the Mystery Swap 3.0. Clear copper brown with a 1 1/2 finger creamy light beige head, good retention. Scorched caramel, raisins, resiny and earthy hops up front. Flavor has piney resiny hops again with the same caramel and juicy raisiny notes following through in the middle. Bitter earthy pine and spicy hops peak around a 4-5 in the dry finish. Full body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good American BW, and the hops don’t seem to have died out yet considering it’s over 4 months old.