bellco33 (819) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2016
On tap at the brewery: Pours dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and sugar. Flavor more of the same with fermented raisins. Barley wines are gross. jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 2, 2013
2012 edition sampled at the brewery. Pours deep amber/brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of a lot of caramel and sweet malts, a little toffee and chocolate, some floral and lightly citrusy hops and alcohol notes. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. A pretty good barley wine. Reynolds314 (3450) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2012
On draft at the harvest beer dinner. Just a really nice barleywine here. Aroma is raisins, light chocolate, leather, candi sugar. Taste is sweet up front with a dry lightly bittered finish that makes it really nice. ABV is nowhere to be found. Great beer. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2012
On draft at the brewery, It’s got all the barleywine flavors in there. A little thin but instead of sweet ita got a great hop flavor and some bitterness j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
On tap at Willimantic on the way home from a weekend in Boston for EBF. Pours a hazed brown amber with a thin white head. Warm toast, caramel and malt. Lightly sweet. Warm sweetness, dark fruit. Creamy and full of malt and toast. Warm booze, toast and sweet caramel. Very warming alcohol on the finish.
glennmastrange (2870) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Tap. Moderate to heavy caramel for the malt, perfume and cooked orange for the hops, light broth for the yeast, with dark dried fruit, toffee and alcohol in the background. Head is large, fizzy, off-white with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky auburn. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a lively carbonation and a lightly dry finish. A thick and rich Barley Wine that’s a great compliment to a cold and rainy Connecticut Sunday afternoon. dogfish120love (1331) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Consumed December 09, VINTAGE 08:
Pours a murky medium brown tea like color with a thin dissapating head. The aroma is candied sugar and caramel. The alcohol is moderately masked well for 10.9 abv
Alphadelic (2237) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Tea coloured and hazy with a rind of nice head.
Light, light chocolate. Rich sherry/brandy and fruits. Dark cherries and dried apricots. Slight vanilla essence (the cheap stuff).
Rich and sweet on the tongue. Deep and fruity with dark cringes deep in the throat. Light and crisp bitterness.
Thick with light carbonated tingles.
A lovely mix of flavours and textures. Sweet and woody. Rustic and chocolatey.
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
2008 version on tap at the brewpub. Deep amber beer with a thin head. Aroma is quite lovely. Soft rich sweetness, caramel and a sweet crystal malt note as well. Sweetish flavour, caramel and a bit of toffee sweetness over the crackery base malt. Fruity and a little bit vineous. Some sweet cherry fruitiness. I find the beer to be quite underhopped really. Sticky and sweet and a little bit fruity. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Growler at miketds tasting
** Summary ** - I am not sure who brought this but it was good to try another northeastern beer. I am assuming it was the most recent vintage as it seemed pretty fresh.
** Aroma / Appearance ** - Transparent and coppery it had less whiskey notes than I would have expected. Cereal, wheat, and a trace of wood wrap up a solid but average experience.
** Flavor / Palate ** - Wheat with a hint of hops to go. Carbonated it transitions to a stronger bitterness as it washes across the tongue. Fresh off the tap I think it would be better as it still seemed flat by the end.