madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2010
9th Octoner 2008. GABF. Clar dark brown beer. Sweet caramelly toffee. Very subtle fruit. Smooth dry finish with a little spirit. alexsdad06 (10821) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2010
12 oz. bottle from sprinkle. Pours a clear reddish copper color with a faint whitish ring and very little carbonation. The aroma is thick with caramel malt, ripe fruits (cherry, raisins), alcohol but in a good way. This alcohol is more like an apartif. The flavor is sweet chewy caramel malt along with a touch of roast. The fruits are cherry, raisin, and apricot all at the point of peak ripeness. There is some hop induced bitterness midway remaining to the finish. The alcohol is present but much like you would find with an after dinner drink and encourages you to savor each sip. I like the way everything plays on each other. Full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel that is smooth going down. The alcohol is present, but never in a harsh way which serves to hide the true ABV. This is a very solid offering that I am glad to have had the opportunity to try.
back (2243) - Holstebro, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2010
herbs, alcohol, carst wood, heavy malty, nuts, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, creamy, flat, bhensonb (15768) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Thanks to Styles for this bottle. Pours dark ruby brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is strong toffee with something like celery notes. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is toffee and cola with something like dates. It’s warming, but not hot. Finishes smooth. Sweet, but not excessively so. marcus (10684) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head and a sharp malt aroma. The flavor is raisins and caramel, and strangely hoppy too with a bit of pine and a warming alcohol finish. Complex and delicious.
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2009
This one poured a murky brown color with basically no head at all. Aroma was dark fruits, burnt sugar and lots of caramel. Flavor was much the same as the aroma with a big alcohol punch as well. A llittle over the top with nothing really standing out. cheap (6090) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 At the Pgh RB gathering 12/09. Big strong aroma. Orangy yellow in color. Strong and quite rude. Yes it is big alright. Not much to be enjoyed by a lager lover. You can certainly tell this has been aged, yet there is no milding of this stuff, ruffness lives on. Age has not taken the edge off fer sure. No detectable carbonation. Bottle is one year old. Finsh is alky linger. What else can be said but terribly on style, forget my numbers. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at Borefts 10am day after hotel tasting.petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Excellent amber colour with a really good beige head. Slightly cheesey but all round an excellent barley wine. More sugary than I would normally like but there is no denying it’s very tasty. Excellent spicy notes, plenty of chewy caramel malt and a good warming feel all the way through. Good stuff.
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of over ripe fruits, caramel and roasted malt. Taste of raisins, dates, hops and light alcohol. Finish is warming and flavorful. Very nicely done barleywine! fonefan (51144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ post Borefts BF 09 hotel tasting
Unclear medium brown amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, berry - dried fruit, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, orange. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcohlic.