neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap at the brewery in San Diego, served in a tulip. Pours hazy chestnut with a small tan head that fades quickly, leaving behind a few bubbles of lace. On the nose, there are big notes of rum barrel and toasted malts, along with molasses, oak, herbs and slightly sour fruit. The flavour is medium malty sweet with toasty notes, along with molasses, brown sugar, earth and subtle hops. The finish is long and malty with toasted oats and oaky rum barrel notes. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice barley wine that really showcases the rum barrel. Loads of brown sugar and oak contribute huge complexity. 2013-03-22 JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2012
Draught No head, red to cola-coloured beer. Rum, fruity, red berries and obvious alcohol. Sweet, fiery alcoholic, (overripe) banana, wood, all on a good (darker) malts base. Very rich, viscous and oily, fiery alcoholwarmth. Fiery is the word. Oh - and it’s far from bad. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Hazy deep brown pour with a modest tan head. Aromas of rum, wood, flan, toffee, turbinado sugar, dark fruits and sherry. Flavors of burnt toffee/flan, oak, tannins, rum, alcohol and caramel. Pretty bitter. Some fruity, dark rum sweetness. Light bubbles with a sticky finish. Light blue cheese note in the finish (maybe I am making that up...very light hint if it is there). clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Much like the main offering, but the rum has evened it out a bit. A tad sweeter and a little less rough. Still a boatload of hops with a sweet full mouthfeel. Nice dry finish. Full flowery bouquet on the nose. Great offering. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. The rum is far better than i expected with this beer. Very harmonious.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Pours ruddy red/brown with a good sized offwhite head and good lace. Smells sweet and malty with some wood and booze. Good bit of booze. Tastes good. Sweet, sugary malts, slight fruit, slight wood with a nice mellow booze backer. A bit of spicy hops on the finish as well. Full, coating body, smooth carbonation. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Brown rum and caramel malts unite but float detached in this Barley Wine’s plump body, as a resinous hop bitterness appears out of the blue .
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the cloudy reddish-brown.
-The rum and caramelized cereals are harmonious, but simply don’t gel with the rest of the beer.
-Alcohol is not prominent, which I appreciate.
-There seems to be a few good ideas in this Barley Wine, but they are still roughly laid out at this stage.
On tap at their Linda Vista brewery.