dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Another beer consumed during the EBF weekend without proper notes, but I really don’t need them for this beer because it rocked my palate. This was outstanding! Great flavor and aroma of dried fruit and caramel. Would love to consume an entire glass on just an empty stomach because this might fill me up fast. omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Colored a beautiful ruby brown. Sweet and malty aroma with a distinct hops smell, very pleasing to the nose. Heavily malty flavor. Thick and sweet with a hoppy bitter leave. Drink it from a snifter to get the most pleasure for the nose (as well as feeling all sophisticated). scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Tap @ CBC - Deep hazed orange, creamy off white head. Deep rich nose of dried fuzzy fruit, vanilla, oak, and bourbon sit upon toffee brittle notes and hints of coconut cotton candy. Brown sugared bourbon and spiced peach flavors round into soft vanilla wood-like notes. A light hop bitterness in the end truly provides balance to the full richness. Medium to full-bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Fantastic execution of the barrel here. Should have grabbed a growler, but two snifters (plus other beers) rendered me silly… superspak (6476) - 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. muzzlehatch (4977) - 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.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Draft. Copper coloring. Clear, still waters. Light, sporadic soapy head on the rim. Aromatic, hoppy, orange-peel, dates . . . very pleasing. Flavoring mirror the aroma with spices and fruity notes physically dancing on the tongue. Smooth finish, warm fuzzies from the alcohol level. it’s clearly present but not overpowering. Very nice - a quality barleyine. AGAquino (704) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2010
Draft at the Cambridge Brewing. Clear ambar color with tall foamy head and nice lace. Sweet honey aroma with a trace of anise and wood. Strong alcohol flavor, sweet malt and flowery hops. Drinks like cognac or fine whiskey. HighWine (991) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
2011 Blunderbuss on tap at the brewery, 2/28/11. Dark amber pour, very still in the glass. Only a white ring around the top of the beer. 4. Aroma of iced tea and ruby port wine.8. Sweet, syrupy, and luxurious in the mouth. Very much like a port. 8 Reminds me of Sam Adams Utopias without the high cost! Moderately full mouthfell 4. O: 18 ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2005
On tap. Slightly cloudy dirty brown with small head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts. Smooth and tasty beer that hides the alcohol very well. Good barley wine. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Draft, EBF: Hazy brown with ruby hints. Gentle hops complement a complex flowery perfume with orange and green grapes trying to bring a mellow vinous side to this beast, but despite a faint acidity, they don’t manage to strike through this highly pleasant smokiness. Typical toffee and caramel malts stand firmly from the beginning to the finish making this perhaps just a touch too sweet to be among the top of the genre, but this was to me highly enjoyable. Medium body is well enhanced by a smooth and soft carbonation that carries the flavours into a long smoke and fruit aftertaste. Yum!