fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2009
Hazy dark amber color; small creamy head. A lot of caramel, with medium sweetness; it’s somewhere between a strong Amber Ale, a Doppelbock and a Strong American Ale; alcoholic; powerful but without directions. Pleasant but confusing. 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. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
2008 750ml Bottle; Sampled October 2010kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
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.
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
Date: November 30, 2007
Source: Tasting, Strong Ale Fest
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with lots of fruity character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: hot dark caramel malt flavor, warming alcohol, lots of sweetness, nice fruity character
Overall: a couple of years will be very nice on the beer
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: ** /4
Name: Barley Wine
Date: April 24, 2009
Appearance: muddy brown, wispy beige head, drippy bits of lace
Aroma: light caramel malt aroma, dry with just a hint of fruity sweetness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, earthyness keeps it pretty dry, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
On cask at Papago. While I agree with the last sentence of ajms review, I disagree with his high marks. This brew pours awfully dark for a barleywine and the sweetness isnt balanced. The char and breadcrust are nice, but this gringo thinks the caramel and maple syrup are just too dominant .
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle shared by notalush. Pours a lovely reddish amber. Weak aroma of caramel, maple syrup, and toast. The flavor seems a bit masked by alcohol to me with caramel, brown sugar, toast and some smokiness also present, but not enough to overcome the alcohol flavor. The sugary sweetness and the alcohol compete and never really unify. I realize that most people have rated this beer much higher; I guess it just wasn’t my thing. PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle: Thanks FlacoAlto! Pours an amber color with good clarity and a tan ring of head. Decent aroma- some standard Barley Wine notes of caramelized amber malt, mild dark fruit- as well as toasted coconut and a touch of toffee. Slick and warming feel. The flavor is less developed than the aroma- has what a Barley Wine should, but it’s simple and a bit off- Upfront there’s a caramel and dark fruit note, yet it precedes a cheap bittering hop character on the back which is inky, metallic and astringent. Homogeneous peppery ethanol is apparent as well. Low quality hops and apparent fusels makes this one tough to drink. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Courtesy ChzMan. Amber/brown/ruby, minimal carbonation. Malt forward, fruity, sweet, lightly bitter on the finish. Subtle vegetal notes. Full body, balanced carbonation. Meh. GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2009
Thanks be to the Cheeseman. Strong malt. Deep amber color. Nice roast in the flavor. Nice finish. madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Bottled. Dark amber colorued. Unclear. Small off white head. Aroma of sweetness and spice. Light fruits. Flavour is a bit harsh. Fruits, sweetness and alcohol with a tad spice. Meidum bodied. Alcoholdense fruity end.