pushkinwow (2888) - Ottawa, CANADA - JUL 10, 2016
Bottle 2011, stored well but think it might be a little past its prime. Hazy mahogany with a light beige head. Definitely smells like an older barleywine with some oxidization, although the honey gives it a bit of a different texture, make things a little crisper and sweater, boozy with some brandy, oak, caramel, burnt toffee, brown sugar, moderate body and light carbonation, fairly smooth and well integrated but wish I had opened this up a couple of years ago. wchesser (2121) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Original batch 2011 enjoyed in March, 2016. Slightly cloudy caramel brown. Nose is spot on barley wine, with rich toffee and caramel, turbinado sugar, and some light cardboard oxidation at this point. Probably past it’s peak but still very enjoyable. Flavor is sweet but not cloying and flavor follows nose. Don’t get any of the orange blossom honey per se, but barrel character lends light vanilla and oak. bhensonb (15612) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours a rather opaque brown with a slight, transient tan head. Aroma of treacle and brown sugar (oxymoron?) with some medium dark fruits. Near full bodied. Flavor is ripe for oxidation - might take a few years. It’s treacle, date/raisin, oak. There’s a brandy suggestion. There’s no real heat impact. It’s nowhere near bitter; it’s pretty far from dry. To some extent it resembles aged Fuller’s Vintage Ale. This is a good beer to wrap around oneself. alexsdad06 (10640) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2015
22 oz bottle shared with drsordr. Pours a hazy copper brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, brandy, booze, dark fruits, some wood, big honey character, almost mead like, caramel, toffee, a hint of spice, I wonder what this was like fresh. drsordr (2798) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour hazy brown copper with thin off white head. Nose boozy honey. Almost like a barrel aged mead. Honey, sweet malt, hint of brandy. Taste starts with bready then honey. Mid palate light bitterness, then more caramel, toffee, and hint of brandy. If I really think about it, maybe a hint of tannin.
jackl (8289) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle @ RBWG on the Brewbus. Cheers to whoever shared this! Amber pour with a tight off-white head. Brown sugar and sweet candied red fruits. Pretty jammy. Some grape fruit rollups. Toffee and caramel, glazed donut. A touch of boozy heat. Flavor is hot and sweet. Sugary rich cereal graininess. Toasty. A bit of hot wood. Some dark red fruits dipped in caramel. Thick and flabby, oily. Pretty solid, but a bit hot, muscular. Theydon_Bois (20452) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle during RBWG Booze Buse 20/02/15 thanks to whomever supplied this juan.
Murky chestnut brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is rich malt, dark fruit shreds, booze fumes, barrel notes, spice, dates.
Taste comprises fruit cake, toffee, dates, figgy jam, light spice, toasted brown sugar, hint of oxidisation creeping in.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close.
Decent BA BW but perhaps starting to wain a little now. Art (3219) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle from FBW 2014. Shared at BA tasting. Clear dark Amber pour. No head. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark fruits. Taste is sweet and boozy. Medium body and light carb. GenDV138 (7579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle on the Brew Bus during the RBWG 2015 bus tour. Hazy brown with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, brandy. Tastes of brandy, oak, caramel, butterscotch, booze. Medium body with a dry finish. Sledutah (7789) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle shared on the RBWG brew bus
Cloudy amber with a medium sized off-white head, some lacing. Aroma of caramel and woody. Flavors of caramel, woody, vanilla and leather