yespr (44810) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
75 cl bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty, light smoked and caramelish. Toasted malty, oine hoppy, dry caramelish and rather bitter. Smooth toffee malty, light alcohol presence. Toffee malty and bitter finish. SDalkoholic (2377) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a dense tea colored brown that was nearly opaque except for the parts of transparency on the outskirts of snifter glass cup. Nose is mild with an obvious smell of maple syrup with a smoky background of burnt wood logs and the faintest whiff of alcohol. Aroma sort of reminded me raw/uncooked applewood smoked bacon. The drink also brings out that smoky flavor of eating pancakes with maple syrup except there is also a lingering taste of Hennessey cognac and a warm alcohol burn similar to other hard liquor such as vodka. Definitely a barleywine that holds its weight with unique and different flavors that stand out compared to the rest. jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light cola brown with small white head that sticks around for a while and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is smoky with caramel, slight maple, and a small amount of alcohol. The initial taste is sweet with some caramel. It is also smoky, meaty, and has a bit of maple. The finish has a light bitterness along with some smokiness. There is also a bit of lingering maple. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was better than I was expecting.
DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Dark hazy amber color with a frothy egg-white head. Slight smoke on the nose with heavy malty tones. Smoky from the first sip but it never overpowers the taste. Sweet hint of maple and caramel that morphs into a slightly hoppy finish. Slick mouthfeel with a chalky, almost gritty finish. smith4498 (3641) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours clear caramel color with thin tan head. Aromas of lightly smoked malts and molasses. Very sweet molasses flavor, some raisins, very lightly smoked malts with some booziness. Full body with minimal carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. Thanks Craig.
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Lovely clear red pour. thin light tan head. Sweet malty nose with a hint of maple.Bittersweet body, notes of maple and smokiness.
Slightly watery body. Quick bitter(ish) finish.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
Pours dark brown with low carbonation and thick head. Sweet aroma with smokiness. The maple tends to come out as it warms up. Its understated though, enhancing the flavour unlike other poorly crafted beers with maple. Sweet and decadent...alcohol is well hidden for a beer of this abv. Wish I had more to age, would like to try a 2-3 year one.
thornecb (5881) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Pours deep dark amber into a snifter. Off-white head quickly recedes to hug rim. Smoke and dark caramel aroma. Sweet dark caramel and toffee upfront turning to sweet maple before the lasting hot earthy resin finish. OmegaX (1374) - Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. Snifter. I knew this one was going to be good. The aroma had plenty of big dark fruit aromas and some caramel behind it. There was a maple sweetness in the aroma that paired well with the light smoke notes. Very nice. Body was hazy dark brown. Khaki head. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The flavors were nicely put together, with tons of plum/raisin, some caramel, a touch of alcohol, some light smoke and a sweet maple tone. Great stuff all around. Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2012
I love my barley wines - and never thought some smoke flavor would be a nice addition. The aroma is of lightly smoked meat, maple syrup and apples. For the taste, twas’ just about the same, but more malt-forward with light cherry tones. Maple did come out as it warmed up, nicely covering up the high ABV. OmegaX - you are the man for finding this one.