rjplumer (1234) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2017 JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into red wine glass, 2008 vintage. Thanks to ppoitras for this one.
Pours a very hazy, almost murky red-brown, with an off white head that starts off small and disappears quickly.
Nose starts off sweet and fruity, apples come through along with a bit of caramel, and quite a bit of rye. Even more rye as the beer warms. Some ripe red berry as well, underneath.
The taste, however, makes up for it. Dominated by sweet, rich, spicy rye with some sweet caramel and nicely prickly hops, which grab onto a fruity sweetness that hints at apples and maramalade. Hops seem to be integrated in - the whole flavor is rather seamless, hops and malt and rye and sweet and bitter all kind of melding together. Leads to a couple of things: one, this isn’t what I’d call a complex beer. There seems to be one rather integrated flavor rather than multiple flavor profiles hitting separately, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Two, coupled with nary a hint of alcohol, you get an insane smoothness that makes the beer stupidly drinkable. Drinks like a 6.5% abv beer. Finish is lightly bitter, a bit warming.
Mouthfeel is thick, a bit syrupy, with a fluffy, prickly carbonation that just matches perfectly with the prickly hops and the spicy rye.
A sweet banana like aroma. A golden amber body. Sweet banana and caramel malt taste. Warming and tasty. hopenthusiast (2) - - DEC 8, 2017 does not count
A strong but balanced banana undertone and nice caramel notes to boot. I'd trade some more hop complexity for less sweetness, but at $5 per 22oz (is this a mistake?) it's easily this season's barleywine best buy. ABUSEDGOAT (2900) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2017
2016 vintage. Copper colored with a white head. Aroma is caramel, earth, orange, light yeast, some alcohol. Medium to full body, sweet, orangey caramel flavor dominates with an oily mouthfeel. Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was burnt dark caramel color with a light tan foamy head that stiffened and let up to a sly stringy lace after dissipation.
The aroma had some sweet dried tobacco leaf, nice caramel/toffee malt base, citrus rind, soft dark bread, light toast, subtle butterscotch, some damp word, just a touch of vanilla, light red cherries and ended with a little bit of earthy hops.
The flavor blended fairly nice the sweet to a light yet firm bitterness from the hops. Tobacco dry sweetness clings to the dark breadiness and hits upon the aftertaste in the same sort of way. Light tobacco in the finish with a touch of vanilla and citrus rind.
The feel was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation was fine and the ABV felt god as well.
Overall, pretty nicely done English styled barleywine that I would have again. bbbeer (895) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Cloudy brown with medium tan head. Aroma sugary malt grain. Medium body. Not much alcohol. Flavor is mostly sweet, unfocused, maybe some dry hops in the background but not much, caramel. Not sure what’s going on here.
BiddleBrau (1238) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2015
2015 model, Oatmeal Stout. At Brew City Worcester. Black with thin tan head. Nice rich flavor, smooth hint of burnt malt but sweetness of dark fruit. Well balanced b/w dark malt and sweetness. Minimal nose. Tasty bob_w (378) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2015
2014 version, bottled. Murky brown color. Caramel, butterscotch, a hint of cocoa in the aroma, some mild spice. Mellow flavor, not aggressively boozy. Lots of malt character. Hints of caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate/cocoa, a little bit of butter/butterscotch. Smooth body. The alcohol is well hidden by the layers of malt oriented flavors. Quite good. I’ll definitely pick this up again if i have the opportunity. Giochaurand (533) - FINLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from Boston. Pours dark hazel with low creamy head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and malts. Taste is bitter chocolate, spices, malts and a hint of hops. wiosna (591) - - DEC 24, 2014
0,65 pullo from Boston. Samea, öljyinenkin kauniin kastanjanruskea. Tuoksussa paahteista mallasta, mausteita, tummaa suklaata, alkoholia. Maussa tummaa paahteista mallasta, humalaa, hitunen kahvia. Kavu (5248) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2014
12 fl. oz. from cask @ Russell House Tavern. Pours murky dark brown with a medium creamy off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts with hints of chocolate and some spices. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol and hops. Silky smooth palate. Excellent.