jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2006
draught at brewpub in Harrisburg: I think I liked it better without the barrel aging. I don’t think that it did much to help. Aroma was of deep roasted malt. The flavor was dominated by the dark malt, with some flavors of date and a little tobacco. After reading the other entries I think I picked up on the soy, but not when I was thinking about the flavors. Full sticky mouthfeel . Its an okay beer. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Sampled at RBSG06. Barrel aged version. Dark brown color with a thin light brown head. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with lots of roasted malt and fruit. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Draft served in a 6 oz sample glass. What? No snifter? Pours a deep brown, almost like a robust porter with a tan head. Rich aroma with hints of dark fruit, vanilla, and dark roast malts. Evenly balanced malt flavor of light caramel and molasses, with a pleasant sweetness. This is accented by some vanilla, plums, and a hint of smoke. Medium bitter finish with some mild but pleasant alcohol. Very nice beer. Best one of the night. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Sampled on 7/15/06 at the RBSG ’06 Grand Tasting out of a growler: Pours a very dark mahogany with a thin wispy tan head. Sweet vanilla caramel butterscotch complex aroma has some alcoholic notes. Body starts lightly toasty and caramely sweet with an oily palate thinning some toward a smooth, oaky and somewhat drier finish with a hint of fruity tartness. Needs a touch more balance, otherwise a decent barleywine. Ungstrup (38238) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2006
A black beer with a brown head. The flavor is sweet alcoholic, combined with notes of prunes and roasted malt. The flavor is dry malty with notes of fruit, chocolate, and coffee, leading to a dry chocolate end. Reminds me more of a stout than a Barley Wine.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2007
12oz handbottle, courtesy of Dickinsonbeer. Clear dark brown body with a small tan head. The nose is sweet with toffee, vanilla, rich bakers chocolate and double chocolate chunk brownies (seriously). Moderately sweet flavor with toffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and more of those brownies. Full body is soft and chewy with light carbonation. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2006
From growler, 2006 RBSG, provided by me, shared at Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown with a reddish tinge. Small beige head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is thick with oak, alcohol, heavy malt, and sherry, with lighter notes of soy, figs, and dates. Flavor is actually pretty weak, quite malty with a good bit of alcohol and raw oak. Alot of soy, sherry, and alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is full, sticky, and cloying with moderate soft carbonation. Overall, the barrel did some good things to this, but still not a big favorite of mine. Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2006
available at the harrisburg location. The oak barrels change this brew fairlty good, however their was this lingering soyish taste that I didn’t really appreciate, thick body, and has a fairly complex flavor. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Dark brown pour, drank alongside the regular version during my family trip to Harrisburg/Hershey. Deep brown color, with minimal head, and aroma of figgy fruit, caramel malt, oaky bourbon. The palate was a tad thinner than the regular, with some dark fruit, and oaky spirit flavors. I think the regular was a tad thicker and better balanced, but this one is worth a try if it is available. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2007
(12oz handbottle, thanks Dickinson beer) Tan head atop clear red-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, wood, some chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin/plum, caramel, light chocolate. Light alcohol burn. Medium body, alcohol well contained.