BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Gold foil 750ml. Pours with a tan to caramel colored head over a slightly hazed amber-red body. Aroma of citrus hops, prunes, chocolate, alcohol and sherry. Taste is alcohol, hops, molasses, bitterness, sherry, caramel, cardboard, and slightly smokey with a leather like character. Syrupy mouthfeel and quite warming... Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2009
750mL bottle at DLD. Poured deep amber with a well-retained cap of tan head. The aroma was warm and very sweet with caramel and souring fruits leading the way. The flavor was sugary and warm with caramel and toffee at the core.. touches of brown sugar graced the edges, along with earthy bitterness and mild oxidation.. solid! Medium-bodied and rather grainy on the palate with low carbonation.. OK feel and flow. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet, rich dark caramel malts, brown sugar and light fruity complexity. Starts with good fullness and malty sweetness well-balanced with some fruit notes and a touch of doughy yeast. Finishes smooth with a touch of bitterness. A true to style and enjoyable English barleywine. egajdzis (6693) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Red amber with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, oxidation, caramel malts, nuts, citrus, toast, floral hops, and alcohol. Taste of pine, citrus, dark fruits, vanilla, tobacco, caramel malts, and alcohol in the finish. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
25 oz bottle, via WeeHeavySD. Pours a clear dark copper body with a small frothy beige head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is super heavy caramel and toffee maltiness with light alcohol and moderate resiny hops. The flavor is pretty one dimensional as Barley Wines go, tons and tons of toffee and brown sugar maltiness. Finishes with a bit of resiny hops and alcohol. A little bit harsh on the back end. Full and thick body with a little clinginess and light soft carbonation that doesn’t cut through the heaviness too well. Worth a try, but not something I’d seek out again.
Boutip (6486) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is not overly complex. Taste is dominated by sweet malt with light dry fruit notes with a toffee-like finish. Body is about average with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Lacking complexity and not something I would wish to have very often. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, chocolate, some raisins, figs. Tastes roasty and layered with some fruity hints, molasses, some peaty hints. Very unusual and enjoyable. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Reddish brown pour with a big tan head. Aroma is very malty and sweet with toffee and lots of ripe fruit. Similar flavors, very sweet, almost cloying with bit of booze and a floral finish. notalush (5910) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Thanks to mkgrenwel for this - medium amber pour, fairly clear - a lot of bright fruitiness in the nose, with a hint of smoke - leads with some rich spiciness, moderate sweetness, and a lot of cherry-like fruity esters - brown sugar, earthiness, fairly present smoke - quite tasty, and the smoke really adds a lot of character, and makes this beer distinct - nice. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2009
PPRBSG09. Bottle, pours a caramel brune body with a thin white head. Grain, cherry husk, salt, malty caramel and some dark fruit raisins and plum. Nice for what it is.