ironcontra (494) - ATL, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2017
chocolate, sour, grapes, red wine, slow sipping material with lo carbonation, a bit of a bitter aftertaste, the taste is a little astringent to me erikaraeb (325) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2017
Seemingly a strange collab, but I was intrigued. Murky brown color with no head - quite flat overall. Almost stout-y on the initial whiff, but much more of a sour red on the taste. You do get a touch of the rum barrel aging, as well as some cherries, raisins, salt, and malt that comes thru as a bit of chocolate. Manages to avoid the sanguine taste that some barley wines risk. SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Pours murky brown with no fizz. Smells strongly tart and rum like. Taste is sour and full of dark fruits. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and no mouth-carbonation, BFM Spike and Jérôme’s finishes with a lingering sourness. BeerdedDave (2010) - Beckley, USA - OCT 18, 2016
brown color; very low carbonation; sweet malty aroma with alcohol notes; flavor is not sweet at all - more on the tart side; sour fruit and oak provide most of the flavor; warm alcohol notes and a dry, sour finish; an outstanding beer - it has much more in common with a tart Belgian lambic than any barleywine vollmer (12) - - MAR 6, 2016
This beer tastes vinegar. Awful. I poured it after the first sip and opened a good gueuze...
JHeath99 (1680) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2015
Gross bottle shared by gross Renee and gross Wayne. Pours a gross muddy brown with minimal gross head. Gross aroma is gross tartness with caramel. Taste is gross vinegar and gross raisins. Tastes like it was brewed by Macon Beer Company. ClarkVV (6963) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2015 2011 bottle, drunk 8/15/15 at OEC Sour Fest (listed as 12% abv aged in Rum barrels).Patrickctenchi (6812) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Nearly lifeless, drab mahogany brown liquid is fairly clear with a rapidly fizzling mass of beige bubbles atop.
Caramel, faint acetic notes, a fair amount of fruitiness from the yeast/bacteria and a good deal of oxidation.
The body is rather loosened by the alcohol and low carbonation (and age), and while the beer isn’t overly boozey or harsh (and the rum isn’t out of control either), you’ve still got the warming from the alcohol, as well as light candy-like esters. The rum flavor, coupled with the lightly sour/spicy rye and obtuse fruity acid notes all just give a lot of liqueur and juice-like flavors. Not much beer character and what is there of it is rather soggy, bready malt and cardboard-like oxidation. Really not a single enjoyable thing for me. If you like old, slightly sour, fruity, flat barleywines though, you’re gonna love this!
Dark, cloudy brown with barely a ring of beige....
Woody, sugary/tart, boozy, dark fruit aroma.
Taste is very tart.....at first....incredible woody-ness....
Rum, bark, black cherry....
Interesting stuff....gets better as it warms to room temp...Everytime I pick it up, it’s different..
A little peanut oil, vanilla, vinous notes....
Remains tart, but earthily so....spiced rum? Tomato?.....very complex..
Really nice experience to drink....
I’ll try this again, if I can..... shrubber85 (11710) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle (courtesy of cybercat). Lactic orange, brown sugar malt, rum, and weedy grass aroma. Dark brown with minimal head. Sweet-tart cherry, light brown sugar, barley malt, and mildly bitter herbal flavor. Light rum finish. Nice body. Interesting - grew on me. Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JUN 25, 2015
A hard pour produced a small amount of foam that quickly disappears. Pretty much no lacing. Well, it’s a 2011.
The colour is an opaque dark brown.
Initial whiffs reveal something very English Barleywine like with sweet caramel notes but that surrenders to a flood of sour aromas. That and some astringency.
Definitely a mix of English Barleywine and fruity, vinegar sourness. Could it be I this doesn’t age well or was the intended result of the 2 breweries?
Not a drain pour by any means but not something that I would buy again