Stew41 (2066) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 31, 2005
Has a root like beer appearance...plenty of big rising bubbles and next to no head. Sweet nose with liquored notes and some fragrant hops. Nice mouthfeel, fairly thick and sweet with the ABV coming into play, although to be fair the impact is in context. Good underlying ale notes add some complexity. hotstuff (5232) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Bottled on 1-11--05. Rated at small rating session at flemdawg’s in Naples, FL. Thanks for sharing, Jim! Small tan head that mostly diminished, few floaties, sparse lacing, no visible carbonation, cloudy, and an orange brown hue. Aroma was hoppy, sweet, rich and fruity. Flavor was hoppy and vinuous. Tingly, hoppy mouthfeel. Medium body. harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 this bottledec 09 05. OK well i didnt like this one once and another time i loved it... this time i think it is barky and rough a little bitter hop... it is tottal hop aftertaste bitterness. smells sweet and malty, taste the maltyness but the bitterness just bites it the fuck out. aged to be better needs time still that bitterness need to mellow the fuck out AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is strong of sweet malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Notes of bread, grapes, citrus, and hops also come out. Flavor is strong of malts and alcohol. In the finish, I detect hops, but the finish is very dry. The alcohol burn follows the beer all the way down. Not the best barley wine I have had, but worth checking out. Cruzan59 (197) - Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Draft sampler at Bully’s Restaurant & Pub, Columbia, PA...deep reddish-amber color, no head by the time I got it (tan?)...aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, slight hops...flavor includes much of the same, some alcohol...smooth, warming...good slow sipper.
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle served in a snifter. A slight haze in the auburn-brown body. Minimal head. Sweet aroma sweet, caramel, over-ripe banana, and raisins. Creamy mouthfeel amonst little carbonation. Substantial body (medium-full) followed by plenty of hops. The finish, which is not real heavy, is a little bitter and lengthy. StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2007 version. Very nice, balanced aroma. Dark amber color with copper tapering off at the bottom. Nice appearance. Thick and oily mouthfeel Dark fruit and black cherry taste. Perhaps my favorite barley wine that I have tasted but I’m not a fan of barley wines. jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2010
(bottle). Ruby color with light cloudiness. Large off white head. Sweet bread and floral hop aroma. Moderate sweet flavor with light pine hop and bitterness. Avg duration. Light bitter, light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing. crackedmachine (481) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2010
2009. 11% ABV. Pours dark copper-red with a medium tan head, with a heavy aroma of sweet malt, toffee, and some mild, but crisp hops. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor with a slightly bitter finish and lingering alcohol warmth. For all of its sweetness and detectable alcohol, this is a bit light-bodied and effervescent - at least for a sweet barleywine. The touch of bitter bite is nice. Obviously young, and it would be well worth seeing how this tastes down the road. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2010
Murky orange-brown with chunks of dead yeast that eventually settle to the bottom. A thin white head sits atop and creates some foamy lacing as it disappears. Aroma of heavy alcohol, toffee, grains and brown sugar, very malty as most of the hops have faded on this two year old bottle. Taste is very malty and sweet with alcohol, light fruit and hop undertones.