rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2014
@ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Hazy dark ruby brown with a thin head cover, hanging strands of lace. Taste is roasted caramel malt with toffee. A light coating of dark molasses and prunes joins in midway through the palate, only to give way to a quick shot of chocolate followed closely by mild bittering. Each swallow is better than the last. By the time the glass was empty, I had become a believer. jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Fresh bottle. Pours hazy orange with no head. Aroma is sherry (thanks, description!), misc. citrus and stone fruits. Peach/nectarine notes. Taste is a combination of these with some slightly sweet malt notes. I like this but after comparing to North Stock Old Reserve and the BCBW, I’m not as impressed as I thought I’d be. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
$3.99 single. Bottled 1/17/13. Poured 2/07/14 into the only clean glass I had, a shaker pint. Maybe it being a year past its bottling date was why this was $4 for a single? Who knows. My first ENGLISH Barleywine, though I’ve had a few American varieties.
Appearance: A really hazy, thick, brown and red color. Sort of almost like the color of the bottle itself. No head to really speak of, but a decent amount of lacing, and a ring of foam on top of the beer.
Smell: Oh, well... yeah. Big malty sweetness that you’d expect in an English barleywine. Dark fruits. Bunch of caramel malt. Almost a wet wood aroma in there as well. Pretty nice.
Taste/feel: Actually a bit thin compared to other Barleywines I’ve had, but not TOO thin. A sort of tangy quality is also definitely in this beer, presumably from the yeast. Big caramel malt and sweetness before the alcohol warming finish and biscuit-like after taste. As for actual alcohol flavor, I don’t really get one, but someone could probably guess this beer is at least 10% by the feel of it alone.
I hadn’t had a Barleywine in a loooong time, so I decided to try this one. It’s pretty good. $4 for a single bottle seemed a bit high, but when I looked at it, the beer was bottled over a year ago. Unless Arcadia bottles this beer and keeps it around before shipping them? Whatever the case, that may explain why this beer’s alcohol is quite nicely mellowed out.
I wasn’t the hugest fan of Barleywines (which is why I went so long without buying one), but now I think I’m changing my stance. I enjoy the insane amount of malt flavor, the slight tanginess, and the warmth in my belly from this one. The feel could maybe use a little work, but the amount of sweetness is spot on -- any more and this beer would be cloying. I’d be very interested in buying another one and cellaring it for about five years or so. The only real flaw I have with this brew is that it could use some more flavor depth... I could find that in the BBA version if I could get my hands on it. Try this one out. skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
Aromas of prunes, fermented grapes, light booze and light malt. Appearance is deep brown with a thin team had of mostly larger bubbles. Taste is nice, light and smooth. Starts with a fruity sweetness of grapes and then mild booze with malt. The malt finish is longer lasting but nice, awesome barley wine obxdude10 (2374) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
One of the better barleywines I’ve had in a while! The Cereal Killer pours a very dark brown color with a slight purple hue. There isn’t much head or lacing. The nose is full of roasted malt, alcohol, light hops and fruit. The flavors are deep and complex, with notes of fruit, yeast, alcohol, roasted malt, light hops, oranges and caramel. The beer finishes strong and sweet, with a warming alcohol effect.
malkyore (377) - - MAR 19, 2014
I have now over the course of my ability to purchase beer had this beer 3 times I had the 2010 version when it was 2 years old, I had the 2013 version when it was completely fresh and I’ve had the 2009 version when it was 5 years old. This is one that gets better with age. The 2 year old knew blew my mind with how great it was and the 5 year did it again. This is a great beer very sweet and very roasty. In many ways the epitome of what beet flavors are. I would recommend aging this beer because it only gets better with age. SSSteve (4006) - - JAN 8, 2014
2010 bottle. chunky floaters with a small head and a deep red color. red fruits in aroma. flavor is slightly tart with red colored tart fruits. a bit of oxidation. any hops are now pretty much flattened out. massive strawberry. a cross between and old american barleywine and a malty english. really aged nicely IMO. nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Very nice sipper. Smells like caramel, toffee, along with a hint of barrel and orange. Nice and smooth start on the palate- sugary with a medium viscosity. Finishes slightly tart with the strong tinge of booze. Very nice overall. The flavors of caramel, oak, lemon, and booze remind me of a barrel aged barleywine. Would love to try the bourbon barrel version. bwa5879 (959) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Dark Carmel colored pour with small ring of offwhite head. Scents of soapy florals, super light. Light taste too, a little watery: floral hops dominate, Carmel too, very light for a barley wine of this ABV. fattybladdy (830) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Sample at brewpub. Dark brown pour with a malty aroma. Taste is caramel, bready malt, toffee and raisin, seems fairly mellow compared to what I was expecting, goes down easy for 10%.