hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
12 oz serving at the brewpub. They wont do growlers of Willi so dont drive there thinking you will get one. Copper in color with some reddish amber highlights. Aroma still has a decent amount of citrus in it considering it was a 2007 vintage, also alot of molasses, caramel, toasted malts, and some mild alcohol. Taste has alot of caramel, some earthy citrus hops, nice and full bodied... coats the palate well and finishes with a pleasant piney lasting bitterness as well as a touch of alcohol. some light dark fruits in the taste as well. A really god barleywine for sure. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Growler, 2008 vintage, generously provided by Dave. Thanks!! Pours a clear, bright amber-brown color; thin off-white head; some oiliness and solid viscosity in the glass. Loads of intense dried candy sugar, earthiness and sweet brown sugar in the aroma; solid, oily sugary malts; great nose. Relaxed carbonation, and served at room temperature. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of candy sugar, oily dried fruits, and chewy earthiness; gorgeous, oily, dense mouthfeel: good balance of earthy and citrus bitterness; really solid, generous, refined barley wine. Excellent stuff. Lengthy finish: earthiness, dried dark fruits, and candy sugar; nicely reserved sweetness at the far end. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
2007 vintage: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramely malt with a touch of grapefruity hops. Body starts rich and caramely sweet with some light fruity esters and grapefruity hops toward a slightly warming finish. A good barleywine that should age well. jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2007
’05 vintage, aged at the brewery. Wow, I wasn’t expecting the brillinant tart cherry flavor. Great tasting, thoroughly enjoyable. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Color is a bit lighter than many barley wines, which I prefer, but the real story here is the flavor. It comes across as surprisingly tart, not languid like other BW’s. Flavor is vibrant and enjoyable, and hides that big ABV admirably. What a great drink.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2007
2005 Deep copper in color with little to no head. Aroma is whiskey,fruit and a touch of oak. Flavor is bittersweet,slick body,coats the palate,warming alcohol with notes of vanilla,cherry and malt. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 27, 2007
2007 vintage, on tap at the brewpub. Listed at 10.1%. Murky golden brown with a tan head. Big, sweet malt nose and flavor backed with strong citrus hops. Flavors of brown sugar, earthy, all sorts of fleshy fruits with a tangy orange citrus zing. Very big and bold flavors but well balanced. Rich body borders on sticky, but not quite. Excellent! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2006
Very cloudy brownish-copper body with a small tan head. From the nose, no mistake, it’s a barley wine. A ton of crunchy barley malt. Very very sweet. Candies and citrus in a kind-of-whisky-single-malt rich mixture. Alcohol presence is very much under control. Limited (if any) hops flavours. Brutal yet complex but a bit too much on the sweet syrup side for my taste. Easy to drink despite the high abv. A few pints of this and I would be Dany Hammered on the Willi Whammer. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
Any first impressions?OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2006
-A ring of foam crowns the obscure brown gown.
-Virile brown sugar is smeared onto deep fruity and earthy caramel maltiness, as citrusy hops render complexity. A storyteller of a nose.
-Fig and strawberry fruitiness evolves from the lavish caramel maltiness.
-The prickly carbonation isn’t comfy enough to match with the sensuous heaviness of the malts, but we still have a marvelous mouthfeel.
What if you dig deeper?
-The determined fruitiness expands onto the tastebuds, ranging from berries and of all kinds to various citrus fruit rinds.
-Alcohol warming is felt, but it is well-positioned and expected at this gravity.
-A brown rum fervor develops peachy undercurrents.
-If its flavor profile were a little cleaner, I would be in love with this exquisite barley wine, but as it stands, I’m definitely aroused.
2003 vintage, on tap at the brewpub.
Barrel aged 04 version at brewpub 4/6/06. Good aroma, like description Whisky, current oak. Clean orangy dark brown color, Small head with good lacing. Bitter tart flavor. Has a nice lambic thing going on with it’s tartness and the whisky is present, but not overwhelming. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. This was a great brew. I thought I saved an email from the brewer, but I can’t find it now. What a great brew.