Sammy (12195) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
Original year bottle, oxidized, fruity (esters?), vanilla, wood, caramel. Classic barleywine. Great with a meal too. CelticFrost (4) - Seattle, USA - JAN 17, 2016 does not count
2013 vintage. Bottle number 3314 of 3750.
Loud violent hiss when corked followed by foaming.
Let settle for a minute then poured slowly into large wine glass. Was a solid foam head. Strong pungent sour milk aroma. Bitter horrible taste. Un-drinkable. Will go back to QFC to get my $15 back. zoucrew102 (1869) - - JAN 1, 2016
750ml bottle shared by sevenhokie, 2013 vintage. Dark fruit aroma with with notes of caramel, vanilla, honey and a bit of whiskey. Pours cloudy amber colored with a thin tan head that has good retention and lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit and a bit of caramel and vanilla. Finishes smooth but a bit dry with some honey and whiskey flavors. Pretty nice for an American barleywine. ryecatcher (1436) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2015
750mL (2015 vintage... 12.3% ABV) murky, honey-gold pour, big white head with exceptional retention and lace (especially for a barleywine). Nose is whiskey barrel, brown sugar, toffee, honey. Mouth is medium-full, kinda slick, sweet and chock full of boozy barrel aged goodness, caramel, vanilla, heather, marshmallow, ABV warmth apparent, especially at the finish. Very nice. Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll. alliance100 (1152) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2015
750ml bottle - pours a hazy rusty orange color with off white head . Heavy lacing . Soft caramel and vanilla aromas . Moderate sweetness , smooth and very approachable for the ABV . Solid stuff .
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markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2015
2011 bottle. Shared with 2 friends. Bottle 316/3000 poured a slight hazy amber colour with a small non lasting off head. Notes of caramel, oak, figs, raisins, and forest fruits, not a lot of carbonation and a slightnoff taste. Bit to carbonated. Expected better GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2015
Slightly cloudy brown with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is raisins, dates, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a long sweet finish. Taste is caramel, dates, toffee, raisins, brown sugar. Tasty AgentAle (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
Aroma is toffee, biscuit, honey, butterscotch, yeast, apple and roasted malts. Taste is a very smooth roasty malt profile paired with candy sugar, honey, caramel and yeast. Some slight and well balanced bitterness that has slight lemon grass and clove character. Appearance is a cloudy orange with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well. patricks110 (2495) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2015
A bright golden hued amber with light orange and ruby red accents in the body capped with a densely bubbled off white. Tons of lacing foam coats the glass and despite the initial outburst the carbonation settles down to nothing. The aroma is at first glance filled with overtly sweet toffee and caramel malts, candied and dried fruits and with a drizzle of fruity hops. Light apricot and candied apple aromas with a candy like aroma blend with toffee and caramel malts and the poignant hop flavours. The barrel has imparted a rich earthen aroma with a light vanilla and bourbon notes that extrudes itself through the candied malt aromas. The first sip is just as sweet as the aroma indicated with maple syrup like malt flavours combining with toffee and bready caramel. Sweet dried fruits of apricot and apple add to the character as the barrel becomes involved. Light vanilla and maple notes, earthen notes and a slight smoke come through towards the finish. The hop profile is notable and present throughout but is a bit lacking in character imparting only light spice and citrus notes. The finish is warm with alcohol and lingers through to the aftertaste with light hop bitterness and astringency. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2015
2008 Bottling, #89/1800
From notes. Tasted on 1/27/13 from a capped 750mL bottle that I bought in Arizona some time ago and shared with the Nashville crew. Pours clear auburn with an average beige head that leaves average lace. The nose is showing some signs of oxidation with classic caramel, toffee, vanilla, maple, oaky bourbon, and some toast. The flavor is even a bit more oxidized, with all of the same toffee, caramel, maple, and touch of vanilla on the lightly sweet finish. The body is full with high carbonation and a long lightly oxidized, sweet bourbon finish.