boFNjackson (4230) - 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. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Flip top bottle shared courtesy of the other Tom. Poured a medium amberish color with an average sized off white head. This is the one with honey. Aromas of lots of honey, some dark fruits, caramel, some earthiness, and vanilla. Tastes of honey, vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness, and caramel. Light alcohol in the finish. 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. onceblind (10548) - 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. tiggmtl (4543) - 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.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
GABF 2005. Cloudy dark tan, thin lacing. Light floral hop aroma. Rich, sweet malty taste with lots of syrup and caramel. Great balance between bitterness and alcohol. Finish is roasted malt, dry, light hops. Very approachable. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a medium brown color, off white head. Aroma is musty, c our cherry, lemon notes. Almost candylike. Flavor is sweet, but balanced with hop biterness.Cherry and caramel. Sweet 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. Fred82 (2339) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
9oz on tap at Cambridgedogfish120love (1364) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Appearance : Hazy peach
Aroma : Some apricots, a bit spicy
Taste : Hoppy and sweet. Malty with hints of port wine. Nice sweet port wine finish. Some spices and candy sugar.
Overall : Interesting beer !
Pours a cloudy chestnut with a tan lacing around the rim. Heavy oak notes, with caramel, vanilla dark fruits and toffee notes.