DuffMan (10930) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle, shared at RBAG by Ferris. Hazy orange amber. Sweet toffee and candied orange, hints of spices. Fairly intense bitter finish. dfearnley (2411) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle to tulip
Consummation: Hops, caramel, alcohol
Adjunct: Sticky toffee, cinnamon, mace, pine; translucent dark amber with a thin tan head Ferris (17776) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle - Light oxidixation and rich caramel. Cloudy copper with a decent beige head. Caramel, some spicy hops and a light bitterness. Nice. nearbeer (5709) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2016
650 ml. 2015 vintage. Darkish copper-brown body with a thin film of cream on top. Nose of molasses, raisin, dark cherry and a touch of spicy dried grass. Tastes of molasses, vanilla, plum, toasted nut and a hint of chocolate. Definitely a dessert beer, but the finish has just enough citrus/woody hop notes and acidic roast to check the big malts. Medium-heavy body has a pleasing low-medium carbonation and at this age it hides the abv well. koleminer20 (4258) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2016
From notes. This one was opened at the Beernanza at Gus’s house on May 28. This came from a 22 oz bottle. The pour is a brighter copper color with some golden amber highlights; it’s very light for a barley wine. The aroma is pretty good. There is a ton of hop and booze right in your face. The toffee and malts finally break through, but this thing isn’t the best when it comes to a barley wine like this. The flavor isn’t much better. There is a strong caramel up front, but the hops really bitter this thing up, and the booziness is humongous. There is a sharp burn of alcohol on the back end. It’s pretty plain, but really hot and bitter. This isn’t an optimal combo. The mouthfeel is light and watery with a fizzly carbonation and a lingeringly boozy, bitter, light malt finish. This one needs a lot of help. It’s decent, but nothing I like to see in a quality barley wine.
Ibrew2or3 (8989) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Deep red waxed 2015 vintage 22oz bomber, courtesy of burg326, pours with a murky brackish deep auburn brown body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up plenty of booze notes (enough booziness to seem barrel aged) followed by some malt blunted pine hops, some maltiness and then a light spicy oak note in the background. The taste is similar as it delivers a pulse of booze followed closely by a blend of bitter to resiny pine hops and smooth sweet malts. The malts take on a bit of a molasses like sweetness to midway to help keep the boozy notes in check. Into the finish the pine hops are met by a light spicy oakiness and residual sugars. Pretty nice balance between sweetness, booze and bitter hop notes and this does delver a sizable load of hoppy bitterness. The booze is too forward in the nose but overall I like it. Very nice sipper. ebone1988 (2289) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, Gus, and others at the Beernanza. Aroma is toffee, caramel, earthy hops, pretty plain. Appearance is copper amber, off white head, tons of floaters. Taste is toffee and caramel heavy, earthy hops, bitter, booze, hot. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, booze and toffee aftertaste. Overall, this one is decent. aracauna (3733) - Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2016
I’m a little surprised at some of the lower scores. This is a solid barleywine. It could use a little age, but it’s nice sticky toffee and toast malt and lingering bitterness. Holy (897) - GERMANY - JAN 2, 2016
Bought at Five Points Liquors in Valdosta, Georgia. Lots of bite, taste a somewhat off. Wouldn't buy this one again if I had the chance.
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Bottle shared at the 10th Annual Epic & Unusual Beer Tasting, 11/29/15. Hazy orange, thin head, poor retention. Aroma of caramel, citrus, toffee. The taste is toffee, bitter citrus hops. Medium bodied