muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #61. Sample at the brewpub. Dark cherry-brass, tiniest ring of head, near-opaque...cherry liqueur, swirls of chocolate and new leather regale the nostrils...gorgeous sweet fruity body, light peppery alcohol throughout extremely well-hidden and just warming, a bit syrupy, bourbon-vanilla and maple delight alongside coffee and port in the finish. Too sweet for many I suppose, indeed I missed a bit of hops, but still quite wonderful. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2009
2007 bottle. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of honey, candy corns, caramel and toasted malt. Flavor of honey, caramel, toasted malt, nuts and some dark fruits. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
Raisins, grapes, plums, huge sweet malts, nutty marzipan and hints of alcohol collide in a complex symphony of scent. Clear amber-brown with shy white head that recedes to ring. Smokey flavour underlies a huge, sweet, round maltiness with a fair bit of alcohol and a nice balancing bitterness. Definite warming. Medium body with low carbonation. Sampled at the Extreme Beer Festival 2005. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2006
GABF 2006: Clear amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is light but sweet. Sweet sugary flavor. Some fruit but overall one dimensional. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Tap @ CBC... Poured cloudy orange with a thin white head. Earthy vegetable notes with warming alcohol on the nose. Soft, mildly carbonated palate. Hopes were low in profile with very sweet flavors like caramel malts, vanilla, light fruits, and a thick honey-like, syrup consistency. A nice, warming, alcohol finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear medium to dark orange color. The head was off white and left some lace on the glass. The aroma consisted of some light buttery toffee, a whiff of dark fruits, and distinct oak. Medium bodied, perhaps lightened up a bit by the 11.7% ABV. Sticky in the mouth and semi-sweet. Pleasant flavor profile that included layers of honey, toffee, buttery caramel, subdued vanilla, and flowery hops. Good stuff. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2006
Deep amber-orange. Soft texture; mild carbonation. Rich sweetness. Nice notes of white wine, oak, vanilla, sugar water, cake. Bitterness is relatively mild; somewhat grassy hops. Nothing over the top, but solid and well made. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest. Pours a dark amber color. Aroma of fruits, malt, caramel and alcohol. Flavor of fruits, caramel, malt and alcohol, bitter finish. Light body, liquorous texture. It’s a nice change of pace from the usually very hoppy american barley wines (not that I don’t like those !). SrSilliGose (3331) - 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. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
2011 on tap at the brewpub. Pours a rich ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet caramels, slightly buttery toffee, dark fruits, and a nice molasses up front with some light wood notes, sherry, a bit of syrupy sweetness, a hint of toast, and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Molasses, toffee, and dark fruits up front with a nice sherry note, darker caramels, and wood up front. Some light earth in the middle with a touch of buttery toast before this finishes sweet with a light dryness from the wood and some sherry. Lengthy aftertaste following a full, slightly syrupy body with a light carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barley wine. Nice malt backing and sweet overall, but no hint of alcohol and a nice, light wood and sherry note along with some dark fruits. This was really enjoyable.