neepsntatties (2076) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2013
On tap at Brouwer’s 2013 Hard Liver Fest. Colour...golden amber with a whisp of an off white head. Nose...teeming with dark fruits, esp dark cherries, Zante currants, dark raisins and Brooks prunes, as well as various fruity boiled sweets. Palate... a delicate froth starts the journey, then the bowl of tropical fruit rolls in with Turkish delight, light toffee, and the Cognac. The booze is subtle,which is remarkable as this barley wine is 17.3% abv! There’s a pause of oakiness but it does not overpower, nor does it fully interrupt the afore mentioned flavours. This barley wine is a singularly superb accomplishment and could easily become THE benchmark for barley wine! biggsbowler (629) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle - pours a dark, murky brown. very thick and syrupy. The aroma is sweet, malty, oak, and cognac. The taste is smooth, malty. Not boozy for a 17% beer. As it hits the back of my mouth, it tastes so luscious and rich. This is impressive in every way. Why can’t more breweries make barleywines like this? Thank you, Anchorage!!! gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Bottle shared by Mike Morse at BBF’14 - thank you man for this real treat. My second aha-erlebnis when it comes to American barleywines; the first one was with the Midnight Sun’s M. This is one of the most balanced barley wines and barrel aged beers from the U.S.: an agreeable nose, full of raisins and sweet wine alike notes such as stewed peach and almond, besides a ton load of peach. Body is creamy and the alcohol is very well hidden behind the sweet sticky rich flavours of raisins and caramel and malt. cernjoh (188) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Wow ... poured 2014 batch 2 from a bottle into a snifter. Aroma is of brown sugar, caramel, raisens, and prunes. Appearance is a hazy golden brown. Reminds me of a cloudy maple syrup. Taste is outstanding. Has just the right sweetness paired with caramel and dark fruits.The palate is creamy and viscous going down very smooth. Excellent mouth feel. The high abv is well hidden in flavor but not in impact. A great beer and wish I had more of this. I highly recommend this English Style Barleywine. Cheers! kkleu357 (640) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Umm, wow is this good. Quite possibly the best barleywine I’ve had. Huge sweet molasses taste. Drinks like a fine Cognac. I’d actually fork over $35 per bottle any day for this. Tons of dark fruit taste. Absolutely no sour notes, which is wonderful. Sometimes you get that from barrels. I’m not really sure what else to say, but WOW!!!