madvike (3061) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from MatSciGuy - thanks Levi! Pours deep, dark mahogany with very little carbonation or head. This was interesting given the cap/cork combo blew off like a gunshot when opened. The smell was nice--lots of dry red wine overlayed on some sweet, rich flavors, a little caramel, and some booze. Taste is the dry red wine, caramel, dark malt, with a tannic and dry finish. Lovely. Great legs and glass-coating. Mouthfeel was a little odd though--real thin and watery, which belied the rest of the beer. Gotta like red wine to like this one, but thankfully I do.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drinks very similar to the non barrel aged version. This is more vinous and has a very pleasant dry oak element. Palate has thinned a bit from the aging. Excellent brew from one of my favorite Italian breweries. From notes.
TheEpeeist (3491) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smattering of bubbles. Nose is mild vinegar, oak and red wine. Medium light almost still. Taste is watery wine, cherry and caramel. Bland for a barleywine but very smooth.
Ungstrup (29992) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A brown beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet malty combined with notes of caramel, alcohol, and oak. The flavor is sweetwith notes of malt, straw, and caramel.
CanIHave4Beers (3535) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The wife picked this up for me at Dirty Johns, I had high expectations.... and they were met.
The beer pours a nice deep reddish brown with a small head. The aroma immediately greets the nose with that old familiar barnyard funk with notes of good red wine and lots of tobacco and oak. The flavor maintains the very nice sourness throughout and the alcohol is very well hidden. The flavor once again has those hints of tobacco and some cherry with plenty of red wine and some cherry like tartness finishing with a good dark dry fruity raisin like character. I highly recommend this!
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Blake for opening this! Poured deep, murky brown with a loose-bubbled cap of tan head. The aroma was sour, deep, and complex with dark fruit, light metallic notes, and cherries over dark malts (semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder).. nutty undertones. The flavor had a mild-to-moderate steel and fruity sourness throughout with cocoa and dark chocolates providing a dry cake-like core.. vanilla, nutty notes, and a touch of coffee hit the back with a hit of cognac-cy warmth. Medium-bodied and near perfectly balanced on the palate.. like a soured dry stout.. very interesting and enjoyable!
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a dark brown body thatís got a thin tan head. The aroma has a tangy barrel and dry cocoa powder. This flavor is like a Flanders red meets an Irish dry stout. Light woody barrel. Very good mixture of flavors. The palate is tangy but not tart. Dry tartness. Itís nice to read others ratings on this because I thought I was crazy when I read that this was a Barley Wine. It is "weird" but really quite good.
MrGGen (316) - ITALY - APR 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colore molto scuro,quasi nera con una schiuma sottile.Aroma di vino con sentori di legno di quercia.Gusto leggermente alcoolico e di frutti rossi.Buona
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with rudy and IPFreely. Dark chestnut brown color topped by a tiny white head. Oak vanilla and red grape aromas. Nice dry oak flavors accompanied by grape skins, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. This was really a very enjoyable beer, almost like a great Flemish Red minus the puckering sourness. Not really a barley wine in my book, but an interesting and enjoyable experience.
radiomgb (2466) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown - nearing black - in colour with a thin but lingering tan head, light lacing. The aroma has some oak, alcohol, lots of dark fruits - black cherries, plums, figs, white sugar. The flavour is very fruity, red grapes, woody, light alcohol, some earth, cherries. Dirty almost gritty mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, fruity and sweet.
A very fruity Barley Wine as I didnít get much hop bite from this. Iím sure the barrel had something to do with this. Pretty good.
375ml bottle obtained in a trade with TheCheeseMan, thanks Dan.
Opened on November 7, 2008.