brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Caramely malt somehow joins the cherries and mildly tart overall complexion. Malted rye grain all day. Tingles the back of my throat. So much rye barrel, delicious. arkurzynski (2415) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2013
I was just informed this doesn't have cherries in the brew. Mind = blown.
Mahogany pour with fading head. Nose of whiskey soaked cherry and raisin with caramel, light brown sugar, and faint vanilla and oak. Flavor is caramel and whiskey soaked cherry and light plum with a decent vanilla presence in the finish. Still pretty hot and boozy. Adds a bitter alcohol finish. Overall pretty nice, but would have expected this to have tamed out a bit. Somewhat thinner than expected. BeerKurve (520) - - AUG 24, 2013
Dark Brown with a creamy khaki colored head with no carbonation. Nose is made up of caramel, chocolate, hops, rye, and spices. Flavor is mainly vanilla, rye, chocolate, caramel, oak, smoke and hops. Body is fairly light and rather creamy. This is a very good barleywine style ale! Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a clear darkish copper with a nice creamy head. Aroma is all toasted caramel, orangey citrus and rye spice. Liking the barrel influence too. Taste is a wonderful combination of rye, caramel and fruitiness. Long, fruity aftertaste with a kiss of heat. Very good indeed. Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Holy smokes is this strong of whiskey! Aroma explodes from the bottle with a very strong whiskey, light vanilla, light wood and light malt nose. Pours a deep red/brown color with a modest creamy, off-white head with great staying power. Flavor tastes like your drinking a glass of whiskey. Strong whiskey flavors overpower the light vanilla, malt, lots of wood and a slight smokey finish. Body is modest with a low fine carbonation and a very strong, hot alcoholic flavor. Overall this beer is too one dimensional. The whiskey flavor overpowers almost an normal barleywine character. This beer would be a great candidate for sharing as I could see this being the perfect sipping beer amongst a large grouping of friends.
conway (2210) - - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is heavy on the barrel. Taste has huge caramel malt, vanilla and intense heat from the rye. Smooth rich palate. Really intense and awesome.
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Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark amber brown with beige bubbles. Aroma is alcohol. Full bodied. Slightly sticky. Flavor is boozy, rye, oak astringent. Far from dry, but the sweet is not obnoxious. Pretty tasty stuff. Heat is omnipresent, but not bothersome. marcus (10145) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle from Colasanti. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head and an alcohol aroma. There is a sweet dark malt and whiskey flavor with a more alcoholic finish. 50belair (3617) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle thanks to Hopscotch. Amber pour with an off white head. Whiskey aromas. Boozy heat and caramel malts. Sweet. Good mouthfeel and body. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Okay… here goes. Dark garnet/ruby in color with an off-white head. The aroma is stiff of alcohol, deep, dark caramel and hops. Lovely. In the mouth, wow. It’s really… wow. Did I say wow? Alcohol ultimately wins over everything else, but the best of the rest follows closely behind. It’s really an incredible beer. It tastes aged. Hops, malts… everything is just so indescribable. The flavor (and especially the finish) really reeks of a whisky barrel. It’s not obnoxious, and perfectly balanced in all respects. I’m in love. Please, can I have this every day of the week? Beyond my expectations.