markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Huge thanks to the fine gentleman who sent this to me in trade. Pours a dark caramel brown with a small off-white head. Nose is caramel, toffee, booze, some brown sugar, and bits of cardboard. Flavor is similar with cardboard being slightly dominant, but still a nice caramel, brown sugar, and toffee flavor. Medium-bodied with bits of decadence lasting into the finish. Koelschtrinker (20591) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 2, 2011
Bedingt würziger Antrunk, deutlich herb, es fehlt etwas an Süße. Etwas alkoholisch scharf, gleichzeitig aber auch wässrig und eher unaromatisch. Die Würzigkeit lässt auch im Mittelteil zu wünschen übrig, wenig süß, sehr leicht und direkt wieder verschwindend kräuterartig. Leicht schokoladig, sehr leicht alkoholisch scharf. Danke an den Doppelbock für das Bier. /9/9/9/8/9
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle. thick body brown pour, little head and carbonation. Great taste starting with complex flavors of caramel, dark fruit, and vanilla. All are mixed and balanced. Wish I had more of this. DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle shared by arminjewell. Hazy brown pour, no carbonation and an aroma of malty barleywine and strong booze. Flavor is sweet and boozy, malt, cherry and finished with a warming bite on the finish. Very good and holding up very well with age. portableparty (2362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle pour. Hazy copper brown with a kahki tight head that fades. Aroma is sweet sour metallic. Taste is sweet bitter malt and a metallic taste that finishes sweet and bitter. Palate is sticky and chaulky and finishes dry. Really glad I had a chance to try it.
arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Pours clear reddish brown, bottle. Aroma has notes of toffee, dark fruit, some slight butter. Taste is oxidized, some slight cardboard, but compliments the toffee and dark fruit well. Pretty typical sherry notes as well. Aged barleywine to a tee, dries out well, even a touch of dry aged hops in there. Carbed well, but definitely on its way down. Really nice. Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle shared by Mike from Belmont Party Supply. peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
I was seriously surprised at how well this beer has aged. I never had a chance to taste a fresh Batch 6000, but this one seems to have held up really well. Rich, robust, and full of heavy malty aromas and flavors with dark fruits and sweet caramel. A wonderful barleywine that took me by surprise.
Bottle from Chris - thank you! Sharp release of carbonation upon opening the bottle. Thin but healthy brown head that fades out over dark brown beer. Aroma is toffee, caramel, light raisin/date, nuts, and a tinge of underlying sweet malt. Does not smell degraded in the least. Oh wow - velvet smooth feel in the mouth with warm and rich caramel, toffee, subtle raisin/date, and smooth malt into the finish. I am completely in awe at how well this beer has held up. First rate barley wine. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. Aroma has deep and complex notes of caramel, dried dark fruits, almonds/pecans, vanilla, wood, cereal, toffee and citrus fruits. Dark amber hazy hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Flavor is very sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very nice and deeply complex barley wine that has aged amazingly well. Loved the nutty, toffee, caramel malts and the fruity sweet finish. A wonderful piece of beer history and a beautiful work of art. Awesome! RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Caramel, toffee up the wazoo, very much English barleywine on the nose. Deep brown, ruby. Nice malty sweetness at first, but lots of bitter on the finish; unbalanced somehow. Argument about whether the finish is due to oxidation or excessive hopping; I’d like to see this beer in a few more years.
From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.