superspak (6212) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2017
Got in a BIF from jdell15. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours moderately murky dark ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, molasses, roast, wood, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Slight oxidation coming out as it warms. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, pear, apricot, red apple, date, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, molasses, roast, wood, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop and roast bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, pear, apricot, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, light roast, wood, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and bready mouthfeel that is awesome. Slightly slick, syrupy, sticky, and chalky. Alcohol is very well hidden; very mild warmth of 10.5% lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barleywine! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Very rich and complex with perfect balance of yeast fruits and dark/bready malt sweetness. Just enough earthy hop presence to balance. This aged really well, not much oxidation. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2016
2015 Bottle; Pour is mahogany, with a dense, fine bubbled beige head into this glass. The appearance is nice initially, and as the head fades on this one - all hope eventually does as well. The nose unveils some typical barleywine features - caramel toffee notes, dark fruit presence. However: The flavor profile is harsh up front - bittering, booze, not -quite- off notes but not quite right either - it melds terribly. There’s some minerality, more dark fruit presence , with candied fruits and I just can’t do it. Not because it’s a barleywine like the previous rater mentioned - but because it’s a poor example of style. crajun (1273) - , Texas, USA - APR 3, 2016
bottle from winter secret santa; not one of my favorite styles - great first sip and then not so much.......that’s why I don’t like the style Bif (2391) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Bottle. 2015 vintage. Poured a dark burgundy color. Aroma of dark fruit, figs and bit of caramel. taste of dark fruit, caramel and spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Moderate body, smooth and nicely crafted. Nice drink to kick back and relax with. FlandersNed (396) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2015
12oz bottle. Hazy, reddish-brown tone with a large tan foamstand. Malty nose. Dried leaves, aged figs, raisins, moldy spices, caramel & parchment/cardboard. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Wasn’t bad but could’ve used a touch more sweetness.
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2015
bottle courtesy of Strykzone,poured into a tulip glass...burgundy with a thin off white head..aroma of caramel,toffee,booze,dark fruits..tastes of raisins,caramel,figs,toffee..not overly bitter..just ok. coachd (971) - Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2015
2015 version. Aroma is disappointing. Boozy, malty and not much else with a faint trace of cardboard. Pours a nice reddish color with a tiny ring of white foam. Taste has elements of fig, plum and raisin. Spicy up front with more sweetness than is typical for the style. Alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Not very complex. Palate is thin and weak. I didn’t like this one very much. I should have known this brewery couldn’t produce a decent barleywine. I will be aging a few bottles mostly because I don’t want to drink them. Hopefully some age will open this one up a bit. EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2015
The beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that fades somewhat slowly. The aroma blends grain, alcohol, caramel, and raisin. The taste is mildly bitter, mildly sweet, a touch umami, and a touch boozy. The mouthfeel is soft in carbonation, slick in texture, and medium in body. tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо! BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 3, 2014
On tap at at 28 Springs with Bruce. Aroma is sweet toffee and candy. Some dark fruits. Pours copper Amber. Nice but a bit too sweet.
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