TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Revolution number 33 for me, keeping me at 100%. La-di-friggin’-da. Pours a deep ruby red with thin head that provides a bit of lacing here and there. Aroma is rich with dark fruits, leafy and slightly spicy hops, and malty-sweet goodness. Bountiful flavors are slightly muted (for a barleywine anyway) but show lots of plum and raisin, some tobacco leaf, some meadowy and mildly spicy hops almost reminiscent pumpkin pie spice, and abundant sweet malt. Warm, soothing alcohol gradually creeps up. Palate is thick, a little cloying, slightly tingly, with rich dark-fruit aftertaste. While the commercial description may beg to differ, this strikes me as being more of an English interpretation, certainly compared to the many less sweet and more highly hopped American versions I’ve tried. And in my book, that’s a good thing.