badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Pours a nice amber red color with a fizzy off-white colored head leaving trace amount of lacing. Smells of caramel, dark fruits, cherries, strawberries, and hint of vanilla. Taste is much of the same, complex and sweet, but not cloying. A hint of hops is detected as well as a small amount of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel would be perfect, it’s full bodied and smooth, but there is just way too much carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the carbonation levels as well; otherwise this would be a damn near perfect beer to me. SudsMcDuff (8388) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
thanks to john 4 this treat...pours a ruby red with meduim foam profile ... jerky, sugar, plum, gum, fun aromas... some good flavours in this brewski, sherry breath, toffee, aged flavours ... is this a NA beer, i dont detect any alcohol at all, the aging really smoothes out this broo .. a wonderful giving beer that lights up the end of a 74.5 hour week! .. now for some pot .. hahaha.. alassio (96) - USA - DEC 22, 2012
This is a beer for special occasions. The special occasion should be: if you are ready for gonzo, break-the-bank, beam-me-up-scotty, in-your-face, hoist-me-up-by-the-trousers, maniacal madness. For me, that would be about seven times a day, but I can only handle ONE of these units. Absolutely face-smacking, palate-whacking, Rome-sacking, brain-hijacking cracker jack. Dense. Like drinking an entire enchanted forest, with last year’s leaves, and all sundry tree bark shavings included (all of it put in a mash tun and brewed till properly condensed). bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Dark, murky orange with long-lasting head ans some nice lacing, especially for a Barleywine.
Aroma: Toffee and caramel, with layers of orange on top, and of course the requisite Barleywine booze.
Taste: Fabtastic malt complexity of toffee, caramel and a strong pungent fruitiness of plum and raisins. Citrusy hops provide a great counterbalance and leave light lasting impression of spiciest and bitterness.
Palate: full, chewy body with moderate carbonation, a drying finish, and a definite warming impression.
Overall: One of the best Barleywines I have had. Need to try the Bourbob barrel aged one. Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Ported from BA
A Garnet with light head, great retention
S Very malty, a bit fruity
T Sweet, raisin, boozy, delicious
M Thick, a bit low on carbonation for my taste
O This is a great beer, thoroughly enjoyed it, but considering the barrel aged version is not hard to come by and the cost is the same, I would go with barrel aged every time.
Serving type: bottle
wlajwl (6749) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Aroma is strong caramel, toffee, fruit, malts and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is caramel, malts, toffee, fruit, mild/medium nuttiness, a very thick body and a dry and bitter/slightly sour finish. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in trade.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown to black color with half finger-ed off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There was some nice light lacing sticking finely to the glass.
The smell had a nice blend of sweet and roasty caramels, toffee, chocolates, light breadiness, and coffee beans combining wonderfully.
The taste took those flavors and combined them extremely well.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy on the body (of course when I had this, it was only two months old). Yup, sure was a sipper -no doubt about that.
Overall, this was an extremely wonderful Barleywine well worth my time in having on a cold Alaskan night. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Perfect dark ruby color, the ideal color for BW. Intricate nose of pancake batter and butterscotch, icing covered fruit cake and notes of caramel, raisins and fig. Flavor is a bit raw and grainy in the backround, mildly unrefined, but there are some seriously impressive and delicious characteristics to this barley wine. It’s actually very complex. Hints of vanilla, graham, caramel, toffee, malt induced fruits, along with a very subtle, but present hop character of pine and fruits. Pure, natural body, with excellent creamy/heaviness. Wow, what a beer! Much better than the bourbon barrel aged version, this is a beer worthy of collecting
nearbeer (5370) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2008
12 oz thanks to General Gao. Translucent, darkish copper-brown with a lasting inch of cream above. Sugary frosting on the pint glass. Nose of leathery funk, dark toffee, chocolate, prunes, berry, oak and orange. Sweet flavors of earthy caramel, orange, light chocolate and more are well checked by some bitter citrus peel, oak barrel and light alcohol on the finish. Medium-heavy body is just watery enough to keep from being sticky and finishes woody-dry. brewmaster55 (48) - , Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Central Waters Kozmyk Charlies Y2K Catastrophe Ale may have a long name, but it goes down quick and smooth. A great beer no matter what kind of mood your in.