tsd08460 (1246) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Aroma: caramel, molasses, dark fruits, citrus
Appearance: hazy amber with a beige head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium-full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,
Delicious Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2008
This one poured a copper color with a small tan head. The aroma is caramel, cherries, alcohol, and a hint of citrus. The flavor is somewhat sweet with some dark fruits like raisins present. There is also a citrus presence with this one. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Overall a very nice barleywine. Coastie (14) - Carrollton, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2008
This one poured a deep copper color with a small, beige head. Great aroma. Slight alcohol taste but not overwhelming at all. Great barleywine. beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2008
Pours a muddy dark brown with a very small head. Cloudy inside the dark color. No lace to speak of. Very thick pour.
Aroma is all caramel and malt, with a pleasant, slightly crisp character. Flavor follows through with the caramel from the aroma but with a nice balancing hop bite. Finish is sweet, but not cloying, leaving a very pleasant caramel note to play off the notable alcohol presence. Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Draft at the Green Leafe 2007 Christmas Beer Tasting. Phenominally balanced barlywine. Lots of dark fruit and carmel as well as a whopping bouquet of hops. The abv is so well masked it should be illegal. This is the best beer that WAW has made so far.
scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2008
22 oz - Dark coppery crimson, light tan creamy head. Rich musty dark fruit and caramel citrus aromas lay on waves of piney brown sugar and molasses. Deep upfront resiny citric bitterness balances extremely well on core of warm sweet caramel coated raisin and fig. Rounded beautifully from beginning to end. Full bodied, medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. Best beer these guys have ever created. A great late night sipper... Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Sample at the Columbus Ratebeer gathering at ogglethorp’s 11/20/08: Bottle #1388. The beer pours a murky brownish-amber color with a thin and fizzy beige head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Oaky nose with notes of caramel malt and hops. Rich body with flavors of grainy malt, caramel and bitter hops. The finish is sweet caramel and malt at first but leaves a slow-burning hops aftertaste behind. Pretty good Barley Wine all around. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 22oz bomber, bottle # 99/2007, opened August 2009, from grape & gourmet. pours a gorgeous, dark, hazy copper, with a touch of red, and a solid, half inch, khaki head. aroma is wonderful with huge notes of caramel, burnt toffee, and roasty malts with notes of yellow raisin, and light citrus. flavor is excellent as well with big, creamy, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses up front balanced by bright fruity notes of apple cider, orange peel, and, and berry with a smooth, bittersweet, toffee finish. palate is full bodied, a bit sticky sweet, with solid carbonation and a smooth alcohol presence. overall, a wonderful, underrated, barley wine that is drinking superb right now after 2 years in the cellar.
*UPDATE* fresh 2009 bottle - everything that was great about the 2007, but hoppier, spicier, and much smoother. damn, this is good. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2010
2009 vintage bomber - #1122 of 2009. thanks Mom! This has been in my fridge since last December and I finally busted it out. Pours a deep burnt red with a thin off white head which fades quickly. Citrus hop nose with layers of dark fruits, light spice and sugar. Assertive body with notes of red apple, raisins, plums, figs, cherries and a load of citrus hops with a touch of alcohol. Medium body with a somewhat slick and aggressive palate. Bitter finish with some alcohol heat on the back. Overall, a well put together barleywine that has many layers on the nose and through the body. I feel a year in the cellar (instead of the fridge) would really tame things a bit. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle 0701/2009. Pours slightly cloudy copper, with an off white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit, hops, and alcohol. Flavor is malt, fruit, caramel, hops, and alcohol. Body is on the heavy side. Starts out sweet, and the aftertaste is a little bitter.