Friday, December 23, 2005

Thomas Hooker Old Marley Barleywine 2005


Bottled in 2005 displayed above the swingtop. Pours from the 500ml cobalt blue bottle a viscous, thick dark brown with the deepest streaks of red and a small tan head that lingers atop the brew. Looks nice in the glass. Aromas of deep rich caramel maltiness along with a touch of cocoa and vanilla. A lovely piney, herbal hoppiness stands out here as well. I get some lingering warm oaky bourbon notes along with a blend of dark fruity aromas. A lovely sensory experience. Magnificent.

First sip brings a big blast of sweet caramelly maltiness that's a touch burnt and roasty. Notes of vanilla, dry oak, bourbon, cocoa and dark fruits run amok across my palate with each subsequent sip. As the brew flows down the there's a well placed green, piney, herbal hop bitterness. Slightly vinous overall. Only a touch of alcohol sneaks through. A wonderfully blended barleywine.



Mouthfeel is smooth with a light, arid carbonation. Medium bodied and a touch syrupy...for a 10% brew this goes down like a charm. The wealth of flavors keeps me going back for another sip of this tasty barleywine. The 500ml bottle makes it perfect to sit down to after a long day of work. I'd definetly recommend this one to any barleywine fans. Seek it, sip it and savor it. Thanks to my pal goodbyeohio for bestowing this fine beverage upon me!

Overall I gave this barleywine a 4.35 out of 5. Search high and low to find it..and enjoy the hell out of it when ya do!

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