nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2015
On tap at the brewery pours a deep copper with some cloudy white head. Nose has a lot of dried fruit, booze, some cheap fortified wine. Flavor has cherry and raisin, malt, brown sugar, a little displaced acid, cheap red wine. Full, fruity, sweet finish. Travlr (24759) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Draft at the new Bardo. Murky brown color, thick beige head with amazing retention and solid lacing. Aroma is like snorting lines of butterscotch, very intense. Taste is really sweet and smooth butterscotch and caramel candy. Amazingly drinkable after 14 years. ajax25g (76) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Thanks to Travlr! At the (new) brewery. Grapes on the nose, but similar in smell to riesling grapes before being turned into wine. Very sweet with tiny bubbles. Great thick beige head. Alcohol is very hidden. There’s a bit if umami but not too much soy sauceness. Really tasty. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/03/1997jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
very dark ruby red, thin fine light tan head, strong sweet estery carmel malt aroma, strong sweet malt flavor with lots of esters followed by a pleasant bitterness at the finish
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Much blacker than the typical barley wine. Nice aroma but not quite as strong as you might expect. The high-alcohol content is masked well by the hops and malt. Finish is strong and bitter.
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2002
2000 vintage. Velvety smooth aroma with a light carmel colored appearance. Very welcome mild carbonation adds to this beer’s enjoyment. Very malty with a deeply bitter hop finish.