Theydon_Bois (20636) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle at Endo’s house, 25/05/13, thanks to Jason for liberating this one from source.
Hazed mahogony brown with no head.
Nose is dark toffee, wood, booze, sugars, dark fruits, dates, brandy notes, treacle toffee.
Taste comprises booze steeped dark fruits, brown sugars, woody tones, dates, prunes, boozey sticky toffee pudding.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish.
A complex barley wine that is well balanced, the brandy is pretty subtle, decent stuff! 50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tony. Brown pour with a tan head. Apple brandy nose. Sweet and boozy with loads of rich caramel malts, dark fruits, and brandy. The body seems a little thinner in this variant. Good mouthfeel and balance. brian60625 (756) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2013
5 ounce pour on tap at Dark Lord Day. Aroma of smoked walnuts dipped in rye whiskey, boozed-up caramel corn. Appearance is black tint, oily, moderate viscosity, brown head. Taste includes sweet fruit, alcohol, wood-aged dimensions if depth, soothingly complex with deep flavors you can pick off one at a time: vanilla, oak, barley, caramel, and coffee. Palate is medium bodied and balanced. Overall: good not excellent. beerbaaron (2046) - Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
Draft. Dark brown/walnut. Small brown ring of foam. Motor oil slick. Dark fruity, sugary, sweet, alcohol/brandy/aged, wood. Clean and smooth. Slightly syrupy. Fantastic sipper. MikeJslc (778) - Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2013
Brown, hazy, beige head. Huge chewy beer with toffee, brown sugar, bread crusts, raisins, licorice, tobacco, oak, brandy. Lots going on here. Great beer.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
750ml bottle, bottled 9/7/12. Shared with the local group. Hazy brown, slightly amber-red color. Thin khaki head. Good spread of dotty lace. Big complex aroma. Caramel, wood, lightly spice, light bright fruit notes. Awesome creamy smooth texture, light carbonation. Not hot at all. Flavor carries the alcohol. Minimal warmth, just a hint of a bite in the finish. Sweeter taste, lightly spicy, pretty rich and decadent, though. Great barley wine. phaleslu (10673) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of brandy, figs, dates, oak, brown sugar, caramel, and white raisins. Flavor of brandy, pralines, dates, pecans, toasted and caramel malts, and brown sugar. The flavor hits mostly the same notes but is toned down from the nose. Medium-bodied, with a malty, boozy mouthfeel and mellow carbonation. Really good barley wine. I’m going to homer this one up like I’m from Florida. b3shine (9150) - Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; a cloudy brown with thin light beige head that dissipates into sticky lacing. Smells good too; sweet malt, vanilla, and brandy. Tastes like it smells with a flawless mouthfeel that’s exceptionally smooth. Incredible! Dunt (321) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle provided by Baron, thanks for the tick! Pours a murky brown in color with a soapy ring of head. Nose is boozy apple brandy with some notes of butter. There is also a decent amount of toffee and biscuit malt. Taste is very smooth, very light booze, light apple brandy, raisin, and rich malt. Moderate mouthfeel, light carbonation, no booze heat, and a moderate finish. It’s a nice beer, but I think it’s slightly overrated. We had it side by side with King Henry and Cognac Church and Leon was the worst of the 3. jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2015 Bottle with many thanks to a generous Floridian. B1. Pours reddish dark brown with tan brown head ring. Nose and taste of sweet cordial apple brandy, caramel toffee, rum raisin, plum and chocolate covered dark fruits. Elegant velvety full body. Finishes with tinge of warming alcohol.