DocLock (11110) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle from CAH. Pours deep brown w 1f ow head. Nose is huge scottish malt, tobacco, raisin, oaky spirits, prune. Tastes very scotch malty, earthy, very oaky and cognacy, with hops, prune, and fine tobaco notes, and a very rich, very complex palate. Oaky and spirity as hell, while maintaining a good balance. This one went great with a maduro Fuente cigar and a hunk of aged cheddar. egajdzis (6776) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Lightly hazy red brown color with a tight off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, wood, toast, red wine, caramel malts, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of vanilla, red wine, citrus, pine, tobacco, wood, grapefruit, and a rummy alcohol finish. Macegan75 (853) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Pours a dark brown to slight red. But with little headbut good mouth feel. Nose is malty but slight vanilla. First sip is malty goofiness with dry wine like feel. Complex flavors of oak, vanilla brown sugar. Finish is clean. Very good stuff. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
750ml capped bottle. Coffee brown with a thin beige ring. Nose was fairly faint with some roasted and caramel malts, some underlying spice as well. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, light spice and some dry oak on the finish. I really liked how this brew was not an overwhelming toffee or booze bomb. hopscotch (11317) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Murky brown ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. An olfactory delight – caramel, brown sugar, praline, bourbon and oak. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and tender carbonation. The flavor is a terrific balance of caramel, roastiness and tannic bitterness. Finishes bittersweet with a very light acidic twang. World class bottle of beer courtesy of Beerlando!
Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Courtesy of beer rating maven hopdog, thanks Steve! Pours clear amber with thin tan head. The aroma is yummy with brown sugar, dates, prunes and some mild caramel notes followed by booze. The taste is similar with brown sugar coated prunes, raisins and cherries along with some rich malt sweetened pine hops off in the background. Yummy smooth stuff where all the age on it has done nothing adverse to the experience. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2010 Bottle from Capone’s. Pours cloudy brown, with basically no head. Aroma is cherries, red wine, oak, malt, and fruit. Flavor is fruit, alcohol, red wine, oak, malt, caramel and hops. Semi dry, not as sweet as I expected. Medium body with very low carbonation. I think a little age on this will help, but interesting now. Rerate 40 minutes later....this gets better and the wine becomes more prominent as it warms. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Appearance: Dark, muddy brown with some floaties. The head was modest sized and frothy. Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Aroma: Dried dark fruit and dried tropical fruit.
Taste: Oak, ripe plum, pear, apple and peach. Lots of booze.
Mouthfeel: Thick with low carbonation.
Overall: A really tasty, mature barleywine.
This pours auburn amber with a small but decent head. The barleywine smells smooth and sweet as it should, especially barrel-aged. There are pleasant berry notes. An excellently balanced carbonation makes this malty barleywine go down smooth with a slight, welcoming, warming finish. There are light woody earthy notes to round it off. Well done Philly! Love those pinot barrels from Chadds Ford. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Big barleywine aroma dark fruit, light fruit brown sugar jammy wine, some oak. Like the aroma. Pours amber hazt, nice creamy legs. Wood on top of toffee, apple caramel lots of wine vanilla tangy awesome balancew. Smooth light to medium carb. Solid stuff. I like this.