TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2008
On tap at Rich O’s Pours clear amber with a fully receding white head. Aroma of grape, toffee, red wine, light tart note. Taste of red wine, phenols, tannins, tart/acidic, cherry and oak. Medium to full bodied, dry with light alcoholic note, and no carbonation. DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2007
Cask at Twickenham Beer Festival 2007. Pours red copper colou. Small bubbly head. Nose of toffee and caramel. Some malt and hops. Sweet, sticky and hoppy and finishes quite bitter. Alcohol burn. Quite complex. Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2007
Cask @ Twickenham BF. Copper colour with not much head. Alcohol aroma hits right away followed by a rich / sweet / caramel aroma. Taste is sweet / toffee / honey. Great barley wine. Smoother and more drinkable than I thought it would be. FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2017 Draught (Maypole, Cambridge) (8:4:7:4:15=3.8)muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Rum and raisins, beautifully soft. Clear this time, and looks better for it. Lovely resiny finish. How on earth could I leave the pub without having some of this? Burton Bridge are such good craftsmen. This is going to beat any beer at the festival, which I now ought to go to. Always good to get some 10%-ers in as preparation for a beer festival, I find.
Rerate of: Draught (Kitty’s, Helsinki) (7:3:7:3:15=3.5)
Firstly, a toast to Michal Jackson, 2007-09-28. Slight mistiness or haze. Wonderful sickly sweet rotting fruit aroma. Winey on the taste - white grapes. BALLS OF STEEL - this beer has more guts than most beers have beer. The taste accompanies the aroma, but had a huge bitter component too. The sweet rotting flavour’s the one that you’ll remember though - you will never be in any doubt this is made from a fermented mash. Warning - whole pints are, erm, dangerous.
Poured a shiny copper color. Very bright. Rather retentive head that held up well. Nose was bursting with peppery heat and perhaps a bit too strong.
The alcohol was perhaps a bit too much. It wasn’t really being cut by much at all. Some malted toffee was able to break through and that aspect was raher enjoyable. Some mild wood tones that came across more as a sourness. Overall, just a tad out of balance with the alcohol. This beer makes me think it would be better as a late night scotch or toddy.
Personally, I think I prefer milder beers pumped from a cask. This one was a bit too much and he wood didn’t do all that much to balance it out.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2007
The one that tip me over the edge! Half pint gravity fed from the cask at the Ealing Beer Festival, poured a cloudy light brown. A strong malt and alcohol aroma. Not surprisingly a strong flavour, with plenty of plums coming through on the malt. Was good to sip on at the end of the night - though fortunately this was the last. cgarvieuk (24499) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2011 Nice deep amber colour,Very sweet and strong, at first clawing but grows nicly if savoured as you should at 10%
cask at bow ... deep amber orange .. light dry hop nose ..soft sweet syrup ... juicy hop ... stick at 3.4 Fin (10541) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
Cask conditioned gravity dispense at Merton Winter Beer Festival 17-02-07. I was expecting a darker looking beer but it actually poured looking more warm golden , tasted much smoother than I expected and nothing like the 10% monster that it was, yes there was a sticky sweetness to it but overall it was dangerously drinkable and at the end of the Saturday night I found myself quite easily slipping one of these down. Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Gravity, Merton BF. Gold with a small fine layer of white. Quite a bit of sulfur, some caramel aroma. Feels like there is something pretty under there, but the barny thing is kind of in the way. Rich rustic corn flour malt. Very delicate and smooth. How could there be 10% abv in here? Unfortunate aromas distract from an otherwise rather drinkable barleywine. (Looks from Glenn’s notes that the aroma must have mellowed a bit by Saturday. Ah well.) imdownthepub (14554) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2007
Cask conditioned at Merton Beer Fest 07. Copper coloured with bubbly white head. It had to be done, it was there so it had to be conquered, and quite pleasing it was too. Thinnish initially but then an instant alcohol burn on the tongue, but this is balanced with some mid roasted malt and a mildly fruity finish. A pleasing lack of medicinal note, one of the better big uns.