ALLOVATE (3057) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2006
One of the last of the Anchor beers to reach us here in Oz (a round trip from the U.S. to the Netherlands and then on to us). This is easily the best and I can’t say that it’s the alcohol that makes it. This is a genuinely robust ’end of night sitting by the fire’ beer that took a long time for me to finish. Poured into a chalice at room temperature. Treacly looking, ruddy chestnut body with the clarity of honey. Softly and slowly poured it still managed no head and looked almost still in the glass. Ripe, rich and wine-like fruits on the nose. Doughy yeast and thick layers of baked caramel pudding make for a very pronounced and generous dessert-style aroma that was just so enticing, not hinting at all towards the huge ABV. Rich and sweet in the mouth; lightly prickly in carbonation on the front of the tongue, heightening it’s deep and complex flavours, before smoothing out to a port-like feel towards the back. Spicy alcohol and yeast phenols, and sweet and savoury fruits like sultanas and raisins mix with gooey, lightly nutty malts and a little burnt grain. Spicy white rum and madeira wine fill in the arse end before a long, rich and warming swallow that showed incredible length. Aftertaste had the only showing of hops I could perceive, all earthy and hinting at marmalade in taste. This was lovely and showed incredible control over the huge alcohol content. When a beer takes this long to drink, and with this much enjoyment, it must be a good thing that it was the only beer of the night. A lovely Barley wine. (10% ABV, 355mL, BBE 05/07, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville) highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2006
Terrific barley wine from one of my favourite brewers. Almost English in its sweetness, this is a grand nightcap. Clear chestnut with a short tan head showing good length. Oily aroma is fiercely alcoholic, with molasses, tea tree oil, acetone, raisins, pine and cherry liqueur. Medium bodied and oily, with a long warming finish, the kind that you can feel right down in the lining of the gut. The flavour profile is simpler than the aroma: lots of sweet raisiny malts, cherry liqueur fruitiness and a peppy licorice root finish. It carries its 10% abv very easily. Lovely stuff! (12 fl oz bottle, IBS Perth, bb May 2007) illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Bottle. pours brownish red, with a wisp of a head. Strong malty aroma, very faint on the hops. Malt flavors of dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel dominate. The hops are in the background and don’t really bite you like some barleywines. Relatively tame mouthfeel for this style. Goes down nicely. Some warming, sweetness, and a tad amount of hop bitterness that does not stick to the back of your throat. This one is all about the malt, with the hops as a supporting role. Good beer and I like the small bottle. antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. Brilliantly clear deep ruby color with a thin but everlasting tan head. Fairly lively carbonation. Aromas of sweet dark malts with a little sprucey hops in the background. Flavors of dark sweet fruits, brown sugar, some alcohol bite, and a good hoppy bite at the finish. Just enough hops to balance the heavy sweetness. This is one of the most drinkable 9% beers there is, definitely for a barleywine. People whine about this beer not being complex enough. I think sometimes simple and straightforward beers done well like this are a proud accomplishment. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - FEB 18, 2006
Tap @ Toronado Barleywine Festival in San Francisco. Clear ruby red with a big offwhite head. Smells sweet and fruity with some citrus/hop notes. Tastes malty, molasses, ripe fruit, and alcohol.
thegreenrooster (4518) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Pour is a great looking ruby red with a white fluffy head. Aroma is is fruity and hoppy. Flavor is a mix of dark fruit, caramel and has a whiskey like aftertaste. Very smooth and tasty on a cold afternoon. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle at The Map Room. Pours a medium amber with a thin white head. Caramel, butterscotch, mild fruits all come together in this chewy bad boy. The hops are well balanced and the alcohol presence is only noted by a warm finish. Very nice. skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2006
bottle. Dark amber pour into corsendonk chrismas ale glass. Smells of brown sugar, alcohol, and hops. The hops are subdued by the rich sweet maltiness. Taste is chocolate melted over fresh west coast hops... amazing. I haven’t had many of them, but this is my fav barleywine so far. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2006
pours a deep amber with no head and liittle white hue. poured into a sambuca snifter. sweet fruit aroma and taste, alcohol present, but not overwhelming at all. good malt notes with a small, but noticeable hop bite on the palate. overall very yoummy and easy to drink. maupie (1102) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2006
This beer has a amber body - hue apperance and a coarse white scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had no carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is very bitter with a light spicy afther tast.