OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Bottle: That's a BW? Has a kinda toffee/cookie dough(butter/sugar) familar fruity scent. Berkshire Lost Sailor IPA. Though I thought it was subtle overall. Nice dark orangey brown color. Little carbonation or head. Sweet and bitter with a high ABV warmth. Lite body for a barleywine(suprised when I saw the 12%)Roasted coffee/sour/soapy sort of creamy finish. The nose is so different than the body. Interesting, but better examples out there IMHO. Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2003
Very aromatic, hops and malt. More alcohol than its needed is mixed with rich malty body . Very full and big . Only at the end shows its better qualities, like nice roasted malt that is overpowered with alcohol. proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2003
This is a monster of a beer. Rich, flavorful and warming. I drank this on a warm day and still enjoyed it, but it would be better enjoyed on a cold, winter's day. Pours out to a dark ruby in the glass. Aroma is that of raisins, plums and fruit in general. Taste is explosive, but not overwhelming. Malt, hops and even a slight hint of licorice present. A very good beer.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
deep red colour. fruity malt and boozy aroma with some anisey spice. starts boozy, then moves to sticky sweet caramel and bitter chocolate, roasty and deep dark fruit. warming bitter finish. thanks to radiomgb for bring this. OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2003
Deep amber translucent almost opaque colour. Strong roasted caramel malt and vinous alcohol with a hints of liquorice and dried fruits aroma. Smooth slightly clinging palate. Seriously fortified vinous with coffee bean and chocolate flavours. Very warming. Would probably rate slightly higher from me if rated on a cold winters night as opposed to the tropical steamy Ottawan summers night of the WCC2003 party.
CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
(Bottle) Somewhat hoppy for a barleywine. Deep mahogany body. Burning sensation turns to a mellowing sweetness. Thanks RadioMGB for bringing this... radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
Very dark amber in colour. The aroma is of hops, caramel, nuts, alcohol. Flavour of caramel, alcohol, toffee, quite sweet. Finishes with a great hoppy bitterness and a great alcohol warmth. This beer was a great experience, thanks PsychProf. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
This roaming, free raspberry candy spirit, a fat specter with a sceptre of chocolate, looms through the thick hoppy fog...His ghoulish sweet whispers of decadence resound louder and louder, as grapefruity virtuosi of the affable kind lick the inner mind and the upper palate...I need to close my eyes to appreciate this...Chewy alcohol creates profound seismic vibrations in the palate...I love to be haunted by the thought of a great barley wine...Thanks radiomgb!... Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Off the scale? More like off my rocker! This one totally obliterated me. Strong fruit, caramel/toffee sweetness, thick and full of peppery hops. I'd like to try it again, but I'm afraid, very afraid..... jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Dark. Plums, malted milk. Sweet barley wine but without being overly earthen and gritty. Smooth, sweet, and good to drink while playing darts!