troopie (2414) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Bottle. Dark red pour with a foamy beige head. Full aroma, plum, currant and vanilla. Barrelly flavour with fruit and a bit of candy sweetness. Dry finish, between a beer and a whisky. marcus (10582) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours reddish copper with a modest beige head and a vanilla and fruit aroma. There is a rustic caramel malt flavor that is barley wine fruity with a dry bitter finish. Very oaky with a warming alcohol trail. robertjm (895) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 11, 2011
(Trade from Douglass88) 650ml bottle batch #1.2 - Looks more like coca cola than beer. Lots of carbonation coating glass. No appreciable head. Lots of vanilla in the aroma, along with some caramel. Flavors of black molasses, raisns and black pepper. Burnt aftertaste. A bit of warming. Hard to catagorize. Not like any barleywine I’ve ever had. Cavie (4775) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange color that edges on red. White foamy head. Aroma is sweet malts and heavy hops. A good balance between the both. Flavor is malty sweet, with roasty notes, hops, chocolate and roasty notes. Light bitter finish. Quite good. tmoreau (4593) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2013 On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., dispensed to a snifter with a clear, deep copper hue, a modest layer of off white/light tan cream & bubbles foam, and ribbony cling to the lacing. The aroma was expressively sweet, candied fruit, rich malt, caramel, and a little citrus on the back. The flavor added to these a healthy dose of bourbony warmth, moderate but lingering hop bitterness, and low carbonation, all in a full body. The exceptional aroma made this a step above many other hefty Barleywines that I’ve tried. Recently shared a cellared 750 ml. bottle. Presented more of a cloudy, brown tone, with an additional touch of vanilla, esters as dark fruit, a little less sweetness than the initial draft version, mellowed by some treacle hints, a bit of woodiness, a hint of soy, and some finishing dryness. Showed some age, a little less impressive, but still a tasty, full bodied brew.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Clear golden red with a creamy off white head. Sweet bourbon molasses and caramel aroma and taste with a strong woody bitterness and a vanilla and caramel finish. dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2011
From the 750 ml bottle. Deep brown pour with a thin off white head. Huge bourbon, toffee malts and vanilla barrel notes in the aroma. Smooth caramel body with huge borbon vanilla notes coming through in the taste. A real nice sipper. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Aroma of orange peel, grass, vanilla, molasses. Pours murky red with a lingering film. Tastes of orange peel, pine notes and finishes with booze. Not enough sweet vanilla notes from the bourbon. Ok. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2011
750ml bottle. dark brownish, red. small beige head. aroma of overly sweet malts, dead hops, spice, and some bourbon. flavor of the same. just another overly sweet, sticky, and hot barleywine. lame. I think I may just hate american barleywines. RasmusOtt (2850) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2011
Shared by Travlr and Holy at the sick afterparty. Pours dark redish/amber with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, syrup, dark fruits, raisin, organic hops, bourbon and vanilla. Taste add some fainted hops, caramel, spice and some bitterness in the end.