CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2017
From the current bottlingbankerbeernerd (18) - Ames, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Pours pretty enough, like a deep mahogany with a small espresso swirl head.
The aroma is sweet, rich, & pleasant. Some caramel & nuttiness, some mild booze that almost comes off Brandy like... a bit of citrus fruitiness.
The flavor is sweet & caramel forward with some piney hops, some cooked pear and a bit of nuttiness. The booziness is just too much though, it really stands in the way of the more pleasant flavors... like someone threw a shot of cheap Brandy into some otherwise perfectly delicious beer. I get that it’s barleywine & that some hotness is normal or even welcome, but here it’s unfortunately distracting.
The body comes off as thin, thenlow
Carbonation is perfect but it feels like a beer like this should be just a bit more viscous.
It’s real close to being a great beer, but I’m not sure I’d repeat purchase this @ $23.99.
Fantastic beer that ages very well or is good fresh. Complex aroma. Rich caramel flavor and notes of Sherry. Alcohol is noticeable but is not overpowering. Very well balanced beer. HuskerTan (2202) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - AUG 25, 2015
A- Booze, dark fruits, alcohol, caramel, molasses, oak.
A- Mahogany color, hazy liquid, off white head.
T- Booze, dark fruits, caramel, woody.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, boozy finish.
O- Very strong but in a good way. This was full of booze and dark fruits and woody undertones. Travlr (24781) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Draft at Great Nebraska Beer Fest courtesy of HuskerTan, thanks! Hazy golden amber color, tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel. Taste is very sweet caramel. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2012
[On-tap at BVB] Pours red with a nice, long-lasting beige head. Aroma is quite sweet and hard to peg--candyish, caramel, a little citrus mixed in (orange). Nicely balanced. The taste is huge on strawberry jam. There is also caramel, a slight nuttiness, and mild alcohol. As it warms, the alcohol really comes out though, and gets a little distracting. Medium mouthfeel, incredibly smooth, and has an average length finish. Overall, very solid, just gets a little hot. Would be a great sipper in the winter.