peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2010alexsdad06 (10265) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2016
This is a very good BRITISH style barleywine. Hops take the backseat to some powerful malt here. Great example of malt flavor without being overly sweet. Oily laced head, and very full in the mouth. Would be great to be able to cellar this for a few years and get some positive oxidization.
Draft sample from notes. Pours a slightly hazy copper brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor had bigger caramel, toffee sweetness, dark fruits, resiny hops, all bathed in bourbon, vanilla and oak, boozy, good beer. b3shine (8795) - Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Draft to taster at the Champaign brewpub. Looks good; a fairly transparent copperish brown with light beige head that steadily dissipates into thin lacing. Smells malty with notes of caramel and toffee. Tastes like it smells with a medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Leaves a bit of heat in the back of the throat from the abv, but I wouldn’t call it boozy. A good example of the style. arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee,hints of earth, spice, touch of oaky notes. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, toffee, molasses, hints of earth into spice, yeast, some slight grass, finishing sweet, dry. brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
On tap @ Destihl. Deep amber pour with a khaki head. Heavy on the bread, toast, toffee, and caramel aromas. Dark fruit, light chocolate, and molasses. Woody, herbal hops. Lots of pine. Good malty sweetness to the flavor. Lots of toffee and caramel. Slight nuttiness as well as some dark chocolate. Dates, a bit of an herbal hop note, and a strong pine bitterness. Light alcohol flavor. Nice overall. deyholla (11486) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Sampled from the tap at the Normal brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber with a creamy tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains with some toffee and a hint bread underlying. Flavor has a good amount of sweet grain with a hint of toffee that makes it quite drinkable.
DuffMan (10270) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
On tap @ the brewpub in Champaign. Tawny amber, no head. Sweet raisin fruit, quite boozy, sticky toffee malts with floral hop character and assertive bitterness. A nice sipper. jandd1983 (4276) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2014
Sampled at the Normal brewpub. It poured a hazy brown almost black color with a small tan head. The aroma was very boozy with raisins, vanilla, wood and some grains. The taste was of bourbon and similar to the aroma which balanced very well throughout. This was very good. Strykzone (7302) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
Sampled at the brewpub. A amber beer thatbis hazy. An off white layer. Msome lacing. I smell big malts and more gentle fruit. First sip is candy flavor. Fruit, malts, and alcohol combine. Hybrid is a good word for this. I like the blending of the two. hayduke (5187) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
This was sampled at the Normal Brewpub on my way up to Dark Lord Day 2013. It came in the glass a cloudy and rich amber color with an off-white head and moderate lacing. The first thing that greets you in the nose is a whiff of bourbon and then it settles down into sweet caramel malts and some floral hops. Medium plus to full in body with a smooth mouthfeel for such high alcohol content. The flavor is a delightful mix of malts and hops, with excellent balance. The wood is there also as of course is the bourbon. Finally there is some vanilla and ripe fruit in the bitter finish. This is an exceptionally big flavored and really easy drinking barely wine. Really good. Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Draft at Champaign Destihl in tulip. Thick dark reddish brown with minimal head by the time it got to me. Aroma mainly sweet caramel. Taste matched with sweet caramel and toffee, plus some hops. Described as an American barleywine, to me the hops were midway between the strong presence of many US barleywines and the minimal presence of the British barleywines. Palate thick but not sticky or syrupy. Finish mild to moderate hops. Slight alcohol apparent.
I liked it.