yespr (47111) - 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. Travlr (25854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, small white head. Aroma of burnt toast, vanilla, maple. Taste is similar. cgarvieuk (25744) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2012
bottle at home ... copper ... thin tan head ... soft dry toffee ... light malt ... little oak nose ... soft sweet roast ... dark malts .... soft roast ... sweet sugers ... little toffee ... little yeast ... madmitch76 (25383) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
4th September 2012Leighton (22056) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Cloudy red - brown beer, big pale cream coloured head. Smooth palate, almost silky. Semi dry. Creamy malt, a little toffee. Smooth aniseed alcohol, no heat. Subtle sweetness. Very subtle smoke. Whisper of spicy bubblegum ester. Semi dry finish. Pretty drinkable.
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Paul. Pours unclear amber with a few floaties and a creamy tan head. Suggestions of oxidation in the aroma, crackers, caramel, toast. Medium sweet flavor with some smoked meat, dry caramel, toasted grains, slight earth. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with some ripe semi-dark fruits, more toast, creamy caramel, alcohol, toasted rye, subtle smoked ham, honey. Great stuff overall.
Theydon_Bois (20485) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, big thanks to Scopester, 27/03/15.
Murky amber orange topped with a moderate beige swirl that stays for the show.
Nose is rich fruit, spice, fruit cake mix, dates.
Taste comprises caramel, dark fruit peel, light spice, booze tunes, fruit cake, toffee fudge.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming booze.
Decent barley wine. mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
750mL bottle, pours an opaque, murky dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out light notes of smoke, medium maple, some caramel and dark fruits. Flavour brings out low-to-medium notes of smoke, moderate maple, lots of caramel and dark fruits. The smoke and maple, which initially set off alarm bells for me, are not too overbearing - they are well-situated. Dry smoky palate with a perfect amount of sweetness. I’m glad I waited more than a year to open this, as I’m sure the maple and smoke is better integrated than at bottling. Still, not my favourite flavours, but or what it is, it’s great. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Pour from the cask is a dark caramel color, maybe copper, with a thick khaki head. Light smoke on the nose, nice maple syrup, some bready malt and toast, and lots of toffee and caramel. Plenty of dark fruits and a light alcohol note. The flavor is a bit boozer than the nose, but not overly hot. Bready malt, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and plenty of maple. There’s a light smoke note to it, a touch of wood, and a bit of vanilla. Some dark fruit notes, and an overall complexity that makes this very enjoyable to drink. Benzai (16569) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
Sampled at RBBSG. Slightly unclear red color, small off-white head. Smell malts, slightly bacon, slightly smoke, slightly alcohol and slightly sweet. Taste malts, a lot of alcohol, some sweetness, a hint of smoke. Medium body, medium carbo. bhensonb (15621) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Capped 750 from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours a very dark ruddy copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma is light smoke with indications of hop. Full bodied. Flavor is brown sugar, smoke and hints of maple. Some hop bitter, but not able to discern details. Arguably there’s some dark fruit, but given the feel I doubt it. It’s a pretty good sipper, and tho there’s heat, it’s not all that disturbing. Overall it’s easier to drink than to pick out the pieces. It finishes more towards dry than sweet. Just the slightest bit sticky - so make that more towards sweet than dry. This stuff keeps changing around.