beastiefan2k (4054) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Ok I guess I will be the first to bash this beer. Had it last night on tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Poured into IKEA wine glass. Absolutely no head to speak of or lacing. An extremely dark ruby color. Aroma is very present, too sweet cherry with alcholic sherry. Nody is thin yet mouthfeel is syrupy. Weird. Taste is alcoholic sweetness with a strong bitterness. I was looking forward to trying this but very disappointed. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2006
22 oz bottle from the Blue Max. Clear amber brew with a bit of caramel color foamy head after a strong pour. Nice commercial description for a beer in their big beer series??? Yeah well I have not been impressed with any of these big brews from them and this is no exception. Caramel and a bit of muddled nut roll or some thing. I tried to let it warm a bit but... YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2007
This was a pleasant barleywine. Deep copper body with hints of red. Slight beige head. Aroma of dried fruit, caramel, citrus hops, and a wisp of alcohol. Medium-full body with gentle carbonation. Pleasantly sweet taste, caramel in the forefront, followed by a touch of hops and a warm alcohol finish. A very drinkable brew. RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle, chris_o shindig. Coppery red, off-white head. Slightly acetic, astringency present. Lactic hop. Hints of malt. Mouth is oversweet with a hint of hops. Palate is more balanced. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Murky ruby body topped by a thin light tan head. Pours a bit like oil, very viscous (but does it protect from thermal breakdown?). The aroma is sweet caramel with a dose of dark fruit. Flavor-wise the alcohol is too forward, it gets in the way of any real flavor development. Those flavors that there are are a bit coarse: caramel and raisin. The palate is very full.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Getting notebook online. Bottle. Very sweet and malty. Not my favorite barley wine. Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Thick mahogany pour. Aroma is sweet and heavily laden with alcohol. Taste is too sweet. Full of dark fruits and caramel. islay (2925) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2009
22 oz. bottle. The strong aroma is hoppy and yeasty from a distance, but it is sour and fruity when smelled up close. Scents of apple and grape juice with hints of chocolate and plum. Smells “sticky,” if that makes any sense. Pours a cloudy brown to burgundy color with a large amount of yellowish beige head. Excessively sweet, slightly sour taste. Malts, rather than hops, dominate. Bread pudding flavor with some charcoal. Easy to drink. Medium body. Oily and reasonably lively in the palate. The bottle was overcarbonated and overflowed. It was probably infected, but not nearly enough so to be a drain pour. I was disappointed, as I am a big fan of Arcadia’s IPA and double IPA, and I was hoping for a hoppy barley wine that similarly impressed me. pistolpete (203) - USA - MAY 30, 2009
bottle.... pours an orange hazey color... very little carbonation... this beer seemed a little off to me, and didn’t enjoy this one much... seemed overdosed with sugar and sweetness... not enough balance Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Arcadia is rapidly moving into my list of "why do I keep trying these guys" brewers. Clear deep brown, reddish highlights, slight but lasting head. Aroma has some dirty citric hops, little else. Flavor is sugary malt, more dirt and hops (nice to see Crystal listed here, as that is a characteristic I seem to pick up from that hop sometimes), with a bit of a citric character, and a sort of bitter finish. Definite astringency on the palate. Can’t get into this at all. Some faint fusel heat as well. Yikes. Maybe some serious age would help this, but I just can’t see how.