wxman (1813) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Very good, but not great. Not much of an aroma; kind of like Michelob Amber Bock. An off sweet, citrusy flavor yet quite clean tasting/feeling. Listed as a barleywine, but tastes lagered to me. Enjoyable malty, hoppy aftertaste. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Not as impressed as I thought I’d be. Looks beautiful, with a mahogany body and large khaki head. Spiderweb lacing. Complex aroma: sour malt, floral perfumed hops and a touch of wet dog. Lots of alcohol up front in the nose. Flavor is moderate malted sweetness along with a vinous sourness. Not great... simply good.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
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Thanks to The_Beer_God for the bottle. Pours a hazy brown orange color. Small white head. Alcohol aroma, with dried fruit notes. Syrupy sweet nose, followed by big malt flavors and a rather estery yeast imprint. Some pine and apricot notes in the finish, braced by a noticable alcohol warmth. williamherbert (1541) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Dark cherry color, mahogany red with hints of brown. Short lasting head. Glassy and shiny, but also thick and murky.
The smell is heavy sweet red wine. Some sweet (but grainy) barley too. Hints of liqueur, but not sharp or unpleasant.
Taste is heavy sweet barleywine flavor (heavy on the "wine" part). Has the tart, sour pungence of a sweet red wine. Also the grainy barley base. Strong! But well-balanced. Has some hard liquor.
Feels thick and chewy. Alcohol bite on the way down, a real burn. It’s a strong beer, but limited in that its heavy and loaded with alcohol taste (11%). Palidor19 (3186) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2009
deep caramel and flavors of pine needles, pineapple and roasted malts. the hops bring a special ordeal to this beer. this is a great one to have.
SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 (br-btl bk-lbl, 11%)Bricks (1118) - Delaware, USA - JUL 3, 2010
lct-br, thin-tan-head, no-lace, full-body, ^co2.
aroma: dark-malt cascade-hop.
flavor: caramel T1, hop-bitter smooth-warm-alchl T2, citrus-hop-bitter T3.
the alchl and hop-bitterness do not get overpowering but they limit enjoyment to small quantities.
Very smooth for 11%. Was a little sweeter than I expected, but nothing atypical for a barely wine. edwardbass (833) - Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Very tasty. Lots of roasted malt aroma and flavor. Surprisingly hoppy (in a good way). Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle. Medium amber pour, small off-white head. Nose of dark fruits, caramelly sugars, and some earthy, herbal hops. Tastes along similar lines, has a dark fruit and caramel front, finishing on a strong herbal, earthy hop bitterness. Still has a big hop presence even though this bottle’s over a year old. Somehow manages to get a watery feel around the finish, which is odd for a barley wine. Moderately heavy body. RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Bottle says "Enjoy by Nov 15 2015," so I’m guessing this was from the 2010 batch?
Pours an orange-tinged ruby with a small head, lacing is fairly mimimal at first and completely gone within 10 minutes. Aroma is dark, dried fruits, and a ton of resiny, earthy hops. Palate is very sweet up front and quite bitter on the finish. Interesting contrast, with most of the maltiness lending itself towards the dark fruit, rum, and some mild toffee flavors, braced against the bold hopping. There’s not a lot of complexity, and I found the hoppy finish along with the simple sweetness to really become a bit grating as the glass wore on. Maybe some age would settle this one down? Decent, but for fresh barley wines, there are far better out there.