kermis (14484) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle sampled at ZEBF ’15. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malts, caramel, toffee, overripe dark fruits, raisins, light wood and molasses. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation. Benzai (16540) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2015
Bottle [2011 version] @ home. Hazy reddish color, average sized off-white to beige head. Aroma is malts, lightly sweetish alcohol, a little bitter finish. Taste malts, a touch of sweetish hops and overripe fruits, medium bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Maxbier (999) - Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma of raisins malt and booze. Taste is boozy malty dried prunes, raisins and molasses. Finish is hint of bitter and caramel. Very nice Barley Wine. Advocate_Ames (635) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a reddish brown with a ring of foam that hugged my glass. The aroma is of sweet toffee, cherry like fruit, bread grain, subtle alcohol, and some herbel hop notes. Tasting, I noticed sweet carmel like sweetner, defined crystal malt flavor, booze, and some tart notes from fruit. The finish was a blend of booze that blended with a soft acidic fruit taste and ended with a medium bitterness that lingered. Overall this was a pretty good brew. tmoreau (4593) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Shared 2013 bomber poured to snifters displaying a fairly clear, dark brown hue, with some amber highlighting, a modest layer of off white head foam, and spots of lacing. The aroma was caramel sweetness, and esters as dried fruit & cherry, with some lurking alcohol that helped create the typical BW nose. Medium+ bodied, with fair carbonation, the flavor was sweet, booze, and moderate hop bitterness. Cellar mellowed, but quite tasty.
Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - FEB 12, 2015
bottle. pour is hazec maroon with a yellow white head. smells of apricot, booze, and peach syrup. 2013 bottle. has a nice sherry note with cinnamon bread port flavors. raisin finish with a pineapple flavor lingering. whiskey notes throughout work well with the fruit flavors keeping this drinkable. neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
On tap at Tørst in Brooklyn, served in a stem glass. Pours clear reddish-brown with a tall tan head that remains and leaves lots of fine lace. The nose has big brown sugar and herbal notes, with subtle fruit and medium resinous hops, yeast, bread and biscuity malts. The flavour is very well balanced between hoppy and fruity-molasses notes. It begins medium-sweet up front with dark fruit but soon becomes medium-bitter with resin, pine and softer raisins and figs. The finish is long and hoppy, with a moderate bitter resinous character. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a nicely complex barley wine that pairs great balance with absolutely huge flavours. 2014-12-05 BrewBoxer (2657) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Sample at the food film festival. Deep brown with a nice head. Taste is Belgian yeasty with a nice aftertaste daniele (9550) - ITALY - NOV 26, 2014
On tap ambrato carico nocciola quasi piatta note frutta ben matata frutta secca leggero etilico vinoso liquore slowrunner77 (12591) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"lots of fruit and spicy hops in the flavor. some of the same in the aroma with some toffee like scents as well. prickly feel, on the sweet side, but quite good. the barreled version, though, was fantastic."