markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
Thanks IBrew2or3 for the share. An English Style Barley Wine from Mexico enjoyed in Florida. That is right up his alley. Pours brown with a white head. Nose is caramel, brandy, booze, and raisin with a bit of hops. Flavor is similar with raisins, brandy, malt, and some hops dominant. Interesting, medium-bodied barleywine. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Thanks to Notalush for sharing at his last tasting. Moslty clear amber with a thin lasting head. Aroma is orange zest, citrus and fruity esters sweetish crystal malts. Flavor has some slight phenolic yeastiness, light plastic with an herbal turing earthy character and even some dirty weediness with the citrus like hops. Ok sweetness throughout and a moderately smooth finish. Ok BW. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, toasted caramel, light rubber, slight alcohol, slight dark ripe fruit, and some burnt sugar. Poured copper/deep amber/mahogany in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, light dark ripe fruit, smoke, wood, toasted caramel, and some hops. Medium body. Slick, then dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, light dark ripe fruit, wood, light smoke, and toasted caramel finish is lightly dry. Wood and oak flavors really enhance this one. nickd717 (4822) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle shared by someone at the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. Pours a mostly clear orangish-amber color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, wood, dark fruits, and faded hops. Flavor is pretty solid with caramel, toffee, vanilla, fruity notes, mild sherry oxidation, wood, and citrusy hops. Medium body for the style with some booze and a some slight hop oils. Maybe the best Mexican beer I’ve had, not that that is saying too much. emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Thanks to ucusty for sharing. Pours a reddish copper with a one finger light orange yellow head. The aroma is mild and sweet, peaty, some caramel, molasses. The flavor is smoky, peaty, some bacon?, mild acetaldehyde, malty, caramel, nice bitterness. The palate is waxy and bitter.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Thanks to josh for sharing. Pours a deep amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee, tobacco, sweet malts and earthy. Flavor of the same. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Tap @ 2007 Strong Ale Fest. Poured a clear amber color with a beige head. The aroma and flavor were sweet and fruity. The finish was odd. Some hops Warming with a semi-dry finish. IrishBoy (4228) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
750 ml bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose of toffee, caramel, and a smoky hint. Clear cherry brown with a very small beige head. Flavor is light with mild bitterness, caramel, and a little alcohol. Not bad for an English style, Mexican barleywine. FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
2008 750ml Bottle; Sampled October 2010Nekronos (4174) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 2, 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, richly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber / red color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramel coated hazel nuts and concentrated dried fruit laden holiday sweet breads. Some light herbal notes in the finish hint at once more present hop aromas and there is a light, almost caramelized / candied citrus character barely noticeable in the finish (this was clearly never an overly aggressively hopped Barley Wine though). At off angles this beer does pick up a solid menthol and herbaceous hop character, though this can be somewhat fleeting. Notes of something like allspice, intermingle with a really rich, toasted maltiness that has aged into a really nice nutty quality. The aroma is actually somewhat muted for what I would expect from a Barley Wine, but it is really nice and complex.
Thick and rich feeling as it hits my tongue, it has a light’ish sweetness that is mostly caramelized up front, but it finishes with a really unexpected, phenolic smokiness. I don’t think the smokiness was intended here, but it is just harsh enough that it could be from Peat-smoked malt, but my guess is that something else has taken hold here. The smokiness leans a bit towards plastic at times, though it is not so strong that it dominates everything in this beer. This has a nice, light herbal character here; somewhat grassy, not really quite menthol like, with the aged malt it really sort of reminds me of tobacco and perhaps some leather notes. There is a fairly solid bitterness here, but this is clearly a malt accented beer as this is what dominates the finish and palate; the beer clings to the palate long after each sip with a rich caramelized heft and this is clearly a sipping, contemplative brew.
A bit weird in the end; the smoky plastic character is definitely a bit out of place and it might explain why the aroma was a bit more muted than I expected. Still this is actually fairly enjoyable & even the smokiness adds something at times.
Finally got it. NOt as big as I thought, got me really pissed but happy. It was sweet and strong at the same time.