SSSteve (4006) - - APR 2, 2011
22oz bottle. pours a clear reddish amber with a small head. very nice aroma of strawberry, pineapple, and honeydew melons with floral hops. a very fruity-hoppy barleywine. pleasant floral hop variety with light colored fruit notes make up the flavor. palate can be a bit astringent with alcohol. light body, maybe even gelatinous. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle marked March 14, 2011. Pours with a clear bronze to brown head body and a small off-white to tan head. Decent lace, a bit subpar on the retention. Aromas of over ripened fruits, alcohol and brandy. Tons of esters. Light tropical fruit aroma. Really sticky, caramel malt profile that’s a bit too sweet smelling for me. A bit of a bready or biscuity malt profile too. Burnt flan. Decently bitter overall, light oxidation already (papery). A bit astringent and dry in the finish that leads to an even more bitter perception. A nice tropical fruit hoppy note, but that is the only saving grace of this beer. Burnt caramel/flan. Sweet, sugary. Not super pleasant.
Syrupy mouthfeel, light bubbles. Title_10 (22) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Pours a deep mahogany color with a rapidly fading tan head. Excellent aroma of not sure what, maybe vanilla? The very fist taste was pretty damn good, after that, it became so strong I thought I was drinking scotch. But, this is my first my barley wine so what can I (you) expect. I can now say I’m not a fan of barley wine.