thornecb (6018) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. White head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Mild booze and summer fruit aromas. Hot caramel, yeast, and fresh summer pit fruit front to back. 50belair (3679) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Cloudy burnt orange pour with a white head. Light white grape and oak bouquet. Big helping of caramel malts, with mild dark fruit, and light white grape/wine/sherry notes. Honey and oak undercurrents. Dangerously tasty for a 14%er. Unique and tasty. Good body and mouthfeel. Bravo CBC for being inventive while maintaining a high standard of taste. AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Hazy golden brown. very sweet floral nose. With a touch of honey. Some bananas. Very sweet. Mildly yeasty. Spice and fennel and walnuts brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
On tap @ GABF. Light amber pour with a white head. The nose is somewhat fruit forward. Apple, pear, peach, and some floral hops. Caramel, toasted bread, and biscuit. A bit of maple syrup. Flavor has a nice sweetness to it. Light alcohol, pear, peach, and apple. Mild hops, some vanilla, maple syrup, and caramel sweetness. OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 05-10-12 En fût au Cambridge brewery: Brune pâle, mais épaisse, avec tres légère effervescence et petit collet de mousse disparaissant lentement. Incroyables arômes complexes et multiples difficles à décrire: Houblon, pain, caramel, notes de chocolats, de fruits... Les saveurs sont également nombreuses et complexes. Asser sucrée, belle petite amertume, note surette, elle a tout pour elle. Corps moyen et texture légèrement ronde, très facile à boire pour une barley wine. Forte note d’alcollqui en fait une barley wine 4 saisons.
phaleslu (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Draft at the brewpub, served in a sampler. Pours a mostly clear gold with a small off-white head. Notes of sweet malts, apricot, sauvignon blanc, peach, honey, caramel, and dates. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, chewy mouthfeel. Goes down smooth for a 14% ABV beer. I bumped the overall up a bit because there was something about it I liked that I couldn’t give extra points to in any other area. williamstome (1957) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Red gold pour.
Oaky fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet, sharp, fruity and complex. Smooth. Great. HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Tap at the brewery. Still in the glass, looks like iced tea after the ice melts. Sweet tea and gewurztraminer wine fragrance. Taste is complex and a "summer barley wine" is a great way to describe this. Tart green apples, green grapes, and young brandy all come to mind. It definitely drinks like a brandy. Honey sweetness takes a backseat to the alcoholic characteristics. Not syrupy as I was expecting and Finishes surprisingly dry. I like it.
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On tap at the brewery, listed at 14% - might be a new batch. Cloudy amber pour, very little head. Honey drenched berries on the nose. Very sweet, with a tart note behind. Flavor accentuates both, adding caramel and some booze. This would make an incredible creme brulee sauce / accompaniment. Very tasty, and does a good job hiding the 14%! jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Sampled at the 2012 American Craft Beer Festival. Pours amber, and the flavor is a little sour. Not bad though.