DoublEE (781) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Really an incredibly well balanced barleywine, begins with a really nice malt backbone with a solid woody note and a sweetness which sneaks in through the finish and lingers beautifully on the palate afterwards as it becomes deeper. This was a really incredible barleywine, really phenomenally well balanced and delicious, really wish i had some more to tuck away although it is pretty much perfect now jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Murky caramel-brown with good, creamy, tan head (barrel-aged?) / Rich, lightly hot nose of smoke, caramel, / Just shy of full body, sweet and chewy, smooth, with excellent balance and bitter finish lurking under the big body, and alcohol well masked / Flavors of fresh caramel, maple, just the right amount of smoke, orange, date, licorice, and oak? / One of the best barleywines I’ve ever had. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Pours a crystal clear amber with a fluffy beige head. Aroma hits with a great mix of smoke and toffee with maple and some boozy notes rounding it out. Flavor is hoppier than expected, alcohol warmth, light smoke and toffee. This one is going to age gracefully. arkurzynski (2461) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Sample shared at Central Waters anniversary party. Hazy red-brown pour. Loved the nose on this one - faded dank hops, dark fruit, caramel, salty bacon covered with sticky maple syrup. Flavor is dark fruit and caramel with maple sweetness and a medium salty smoke in the background. Some citrus hop bitterness to balance. Definitely not cloying with all flavors well-balanced and showcased. Alcohol nowhere to be found and palate was actually thinner than expected making this crazy easy to drink. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2013
A - Cloudy brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2012
S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, maple, oak, smoke, vanilla, caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus hops, some booze.
T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, maple, oak, smoke, vanilla, dark fruit, caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus hops, touch of hop bitterness, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey, sweet, and warming finish.
D - Great barleywine. The maple and smoke are at just the right level.
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 Bottle... Poured brownish, mahogany with a thin, khaki head. Nose of maple, smoke, dark cereal grains, and oak. Nice alcohol character that acted like whiskey with the maple countering it. Hints of light smoke, charred grains, dark fruits, wood, toffee burnt sugars and a flavorful finish.