Bebum (1039) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2017 Amber/pink, clear or hazy, pink foam, pretty bottle lable. Pronounced alcoholic, barnyardy and bready nose. Full body, smooth texture, foamy, intense flavor, hot mouthfeel, lingering aftertaste. Assertively bittersweet, crisp, bitter finish. Herbal, hoppier than most other barley wines, malty, fruity, pears, yeasty. Characterful, assertive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle. Intense malt character. Toffee, casramel, more chocolate than you’d expect in a BW, and raisins. Small, if any, hop presence noted. Different and I like it. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Bottled. Label read 1993. Nice thick coloring. Aroma seemed very hoppy. Flavor was piney and somewhat metallic. Overly hopped, in my opinion, for a barleywine. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Pours dark reddish brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma is fairly mellow with caramel, brown sugar, cherries, orange/lemon, light maple, and a little bourbon. Cherry notes in a barleywine often come out weird, but they’re slightly less bad here. Tastes of caramel, maple, leaves, tobacco, and old fruit. Finishes earthy but there’s lingering old fruit and cherry with toast, wood, and light char winning out. Medium-heavy, mostly creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is both frothy and prickly, heat is present. Seems somewhere between English and American BWs, at least in style. If only it didn’t have cherry characteristics.... ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
12oz bottle, XV anniversary, bottled 11/12/08 from grape & gourmet. pours a slightly syrupy, dark reddish mohagany with almost no head and a right of lace. aroma is very nice with aromas of sweet malts, toffee, cider spices, and a touch of citrus hops. flavor is a bit muted compared to the aroma with flavors of dark, toasted malts, dried raisins, toffee, and mild orange peel. palate is medium bodied and smooth but slightly watery and undercarbonated with a dry finish. overall, a decent BW.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Deep dark red amber color. Great barley wine nose. Attack is warm with the high abv, sweet and hints of malts. Very yummy. Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown ruby red color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty, a bit astringent. Flavor is sweet, heavily malty, slight alcohol. Lingering nutty kick in the finish. Tasty. J_man (1017) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
UPDATED: APR 20, 2015 This is the 17th Anniversary release (10.4% ABV). Aromas of molasses and dried fruit coming off the somewhat murky, ruddy amber pour with a thin white head. The aromas follow into the flavor along with an overcooked, vegetal taste then a slight candied/caramel sweetness. There’s some earthy and floral bitterness along side this, but the alcohol and woody, roasted malt win out (as they should). Leaves behind an alcohol tingle and a vegetal/rubber taste. A little more sweetness and a little less of the cooked vegetable taste would help, and it makes me wonder if waiting another year might improve things a bit. ***2015 rating: Didn’t realize I’d had this before! 12 oz. bottle from the brewery in SLC. Seems similar to the previous version I had although I’m enjoying this one more. Definite earthy, leafy aroma that follows into the taste, but with apparently less of the cooked vegetable than before. Very much an American barley wine with lots of earthy hop flavor. Good balancing sweetness and still a good alcohol bite. I’m bumping this up to 3.6 from 3.2. Perhaps it’s just my taste that’s changed. mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2014
On tap at Draught 55..reddish brown with thin off white head.aroma of caramel,spices,hops..taste of caramel,brown sugar,hops..boozy but not overpowering. Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 26, 2009
Flowers, hops and zinfandel all packed in a nose that accompanies a gorgeous bright red hue. Soft and velvety in the mouth...wow! 10.4 abv! Some grass accompanies barley, malt, and extremly high percentage cocao.