Ferris (16524) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014 keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
15th Anniversary swing-top.
Appearance: The body is a nice mahogany hue that is near opaque, no head just a thin ring.
Aroma: The aroma is a sweet complex mix of caramel, cherries, toffee, and booze, I could swear I smell some barrel notes of vanilla and maybe oak, but this isn’t barrel aged.
Taste: This is really heavy on the dark fruits, cherry or raisins, not much else here. Where is the complexity I got in the nose?
Palate: Flat and like juice, this is really missing in body and carbonation.
Overall: This started by missing marks when the swing-top didn’t exactly burst open, and was a pain to close. Then there’s the aroma which smells great, but in the taste there’s not much other than fruit notes. Lastly the body is just really lacking. I can not recommend this, it just misses so many marks.
Bottle - Caramel and vinous notes. Cloudy caramel and almost no head. Light caramel and woody notes, very simple and not too exciting for what it claims. nimbleprop (8761) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 18, 2014
50cl swing top via trade with JTClockwork. Pours a murky, deep amber with a ring of white head. Nose has a lot of orange, pear brandy, booze, a little leathery, malt, honeycomb, a little pine. Flavor has more pine, a hint of soapy water, malt, honeycomb, caramel, orange, some booze, a little brandy, some rum, cane sugar. Completely flat, no carbonation whatsoever. Oily, lightly boozy finish. I think I caught this at a weird point, seems like it may have been real good fresh, could be real good with extra age. As is, it’s a little bit of a tweener. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby tinged amber body with a small fizzy beige head that completely vanished rather quickly. The nose is very heavy on the malt, lots of caramel and toffee, a slight hint of oxidation, and a little resiny hoppiness. The flavor is showing a little sherry like oxidation, mixing with caramel, toffee, some slight fruitiness, some minimal alcohol, little to no hops. Some lingering brown sugar on the finish. Medium bodied with minimal fizzy carbonation, not sticky or clingy at all. Decent Barleywine, not so sure this would hold up real well to cellaring for any decent amount of time. ganache (6057) - New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottled in a 500mL, distinctive swing-top. Nose is extremely sweet with berries and brown sugar in the malt profile. Some booze fumes but overall I’m a little excited. Pours dark, benighted scarlet with a very short tan head. Watery body full of jammy fruit but that met evenly by big, big alchol, not burning, but fumes galore and some unfortunate fusels. Digging a little deeper, orange marmelade and peach. Body is watery and sweet without being cloying, hops are present but pushed to the back; there’s an overall feel or wine cooler or Kool-Aid after skipping past the slight Munich grit. Really doesn’t have much in common with other BWs, even across that great spectrum of possibilities, but I find it clean ad pretty palatable at this point. Would definitely buy again. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Flip top bottle. Poured a rbuy / brown color with a small sized off white head. Caramel, some nuttiness, dark fruits, and some earthiness. Alcohol content well hidden.
deyholla (12307) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear deep amber red with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good sweet grains and caramel with a bit of grass and toffee underlying. Flavor has a good amount of caramel and grains with some toffee and a hint of pine. A bit boozy. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
500ml, flip-top bottle from jtclockwork, thanks James! Pours a cloudy amber colored body with a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is malty sweet with lots of caramel, cherry dark fruits, toffee-bread, and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Malty sweet with plenty of caramel, toffee-bread, and dark fruits. Some floral hops towards the end as this finishes sweet, but fairly dry and moderately bitter with some earth and alcohol warmth before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-full, smooth body and a very light carbonation. Overall, not bad, but a fairly straightforward barleywine. Pretty malty sweet with a good amount of dark fruits, but enough of a hop presence and dry finish to keep this from being cloying. Nothing special, but alright. Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2012
A murky reddish rosé barley wine with a thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, a beautiful vinous malt with loads of herbaceous hops, maderized treacle sugar, very nice. In mouth, a nice well aged barley wine with sweet candy sugar, light vinous notes, barley sugar, very nice. On tap at Barcade Brooklyn, Dec. 30 2011. blipp (9696) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma, with herbal and earthy notes. The flavor has sweet toffee malts, toast, bread, floral hops, and herbal and earthy notes. Not bad.