BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad (no idea how they get these beers). Pours with a near black body with a massive tan head. Aromas are of chocolate, caramel, mild fruity notes and a ton of hops. Flavors are roasty, toasty, leather, licorice, hoppy, fruity and anise. Medium to fuller bodied, spirited carbonation and a dry, bitter and a touch roasty finish. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
draft... not sure what they think a black barleywine is, couldn’t get much of a defintion at the restaurant either... at first I’m just like wtf, but it grows on my, chocolatey with a bit of hops, really easy to drink... light recommend JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pint at Gallo’s Tap Room. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, pine and coffee. Citrusy and roasty on the palate first, then some chocolate makes an appearance before piney and grapefruity hops finish. A big black IPA and pretty tasty. Tmoney99 (14976) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Draft. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted citrus hops and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
jmikolich (1486) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2011
On tap at Fatheads CLE it is a collaborations with Columbus brew smells like hops and taste is hoppy upfront the end is roasty more like a stout I wouldn’t classify it as a barley wine but sure it’s still tasty
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2011
12 oz snifter
Aroma: Pine and citrus hoppiness, quite strong and fragrant.
Appearance: Inky black with a thin, tan head.
Taste: Medium sweetness well balanced by a light bitterness on the back of the tongue. Wow...very tasty.
Palate: Full body, slick texture, soft carbonation, long coffee finish.
Overall: THIS caught my attention, and if you get a chance to try this beer, do so. This is a nice, slightly hopped brew with hints of coffee and chocolate on the tongue. Really solid, and I could see this being a nice, warm dessert after an elegant dinner. The alcohol is masked nicely, and the beer is silky smooth all the way through. Dogbrick (13777) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2011
On draught at Bodega during the release party. This beer pours brownish-black with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily to a film. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and piney hops, along with a citrus touch. Rich body with flavors of spruce, citrusy hops and chocolate malt. The finish is resiny hops with a lingering dark malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.