superspak (6212) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2018
375 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark ruby red/brownish color with a thin cream colored head with decent retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, biscuit, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, nuttiness, chocolate, pepper, sherry, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. A bit of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, oak barrel, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, biscuit, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, nuttiness, chocolate, pepper, sherry, leather, tobacco, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness and oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, biscuit, toasted oak, vanilla, sherry, leather, tobacco, herbal, yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, oak barrel, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Mild carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 12.75%, with zero booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing English barleywine! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, oak barrel, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV; even with the mild carbonation. Huge fruity yeast complexity, rich malts, and awesome oak barrel presence. All exceptionally balanced, never overly sweet. Wish this was vintage dated, but it definitely tasted a few years old to me. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. kevinsenn (2310) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
On tap at CBC. Big boozy sweet taste. Caramel and bourbon. Pretty nice barley wine, but nothing out of the ordinary. dogfish120love (1364) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Pours a cloudy chestnut with a tan lacing around the rim. Heavy oak notes, with caramel, vanilla dark fruits and toffee notes. jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours a clear copper colored with faint lacing white head. Aroma is heavy with sweet dark fruits, esters, and a slight hint of warming booze. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a medium body. Overall great barleywine and very enjoyable. TBone (18552) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Tap @brewpub vintage 2012
j12601 (13298) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pitch black, small white head. Served too cold. Sweet vanilla, dark fruity aroma with chocolate and dark malts. Medium to full bodied. Bourbon, sweetness, alcohol, raisins, some bitterness. Lots of bourbon. Sipping beer. Good.
On tap at CBC when we stopped for a late lunch before Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazed brown with a thin white to beige head. Big and sweet, caramel, soft bitterness. Big and bitey, lots of warmth. Boozy, warming and toasty. Lots of malt, warm toast. Spicy, warm plums, toast. Very nice but definitely not for me. A touch too hot. onceblind (10864) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--slightly hazy dark amber with a generous off-cream head. Aroma was sticky and assertive with lots of boozy toffee and malty syrup, with some cherries and raisins and a strong grassy hop presence. Flavor is big and full, with boozy toffee graininess, some grassy and piney assertive bitterness, a slight stone fruit tone, and finishing hoppy bitter and malty sweet. Aftertaste of piney bitterness. Really big palate and pretty complex. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2013. Pours a dark reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Light garbage, caramel, somewhat sugary aroma. The flavor also had a hint of veggies and garbage with other notes of toasted malts, sweetness, and light fruits. One of my least favorite beers of the fest. Ratman197 (15616) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a hazy reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, earthinmess and tobaccvo. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, earthiness and sherry with a smooth dry lingering sherry finish. SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Tap. Big sweet toasted toffee. Brown sugar. Touch of boozy rum cake. Nuts. Figs. Okay. Too big and rich 2 me.