solidfunk (9797) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2018
Oaky and pretty foul. Super oaky. Hazy maroon without much head or lacing. Bitter and boozy like a lost your job drunk. Tap at Big hunt. jonas (8561) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2017
Backlog rating. Cloudy orange, no head. Wooden nose. Amber/resin spice taste. Marzipan, orangepeel, wood - which lingers on in the aftertaste. crossovert (14233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2017
355ml bottle. Amber pour. Aroma is boozy and minty. Flavor is sweet and spicy, herbal,whatever. Cybercat (6434) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Lucked out at a bottle share and got the 1998 version. Pours clear mahogany, no head to speak of. Aroma is very sweet and boozy. Flavor features roasted malt, caramel, woody and fruity tones. Mouthfeel has decent body of not much fizz - but it has been 19 years, maybe 20. Toast the Dominion! closey22 (2132) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Brown Amber with foamy bubbly beige head; aroma is malty softly
Sweet caramel notes; flava is malty Sweet prune notes fading to sharp alcohol burn; feels thick foamy and zingy; finishes tangy mildly roasty slight woody hop notes
tsd08460 (1303) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes
Aroma: caramel, grass, honey, alcohol,
Appearance: clear amber with an off-white head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter finish
Tasty vyvvy (6955) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottling date Feb 1995 - 20 year old bottle. Pours chestnut brown with minimal head. The aroma has toasted malt, dough, toffee, richness and English yeast. It has a rich body with very little soft carbonation. The flavor starts with toasty malt, wood, oxidation and weird household cleaner. The finish is dry, but has a broken sugar aspect as well. Interesting. Not perfect, but for twenty years old it’s held up pretty respectable. Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Great reddish dark garnet red color, clear. Earthy hop aroma and sweetness. Strong malty flavor with some old ale sherry going on. Overall pretty good beer. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a dark amber color with good clarity. While the head is quite creamy, it only pours about half a finger high (eggshell shade) and doesn’t even have good retention to make up for it. Small hints of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Immediately, I notice a boozy character, albeit a defined and non-harsh one. Caramel is (expectedly) strong here, along with toffee, earth, leather, and even something suggesting candy-coated hops. Honey is a lesser characteristic semi-hidden underneath the primary notes. Aromatically, there isn’t much to get excited about, but by no means is it unsatisfactory.
T: It starts with a healthy nutty flavor. It’s past the midpoint where this one gets interesting. There’s just enough hoppiness here - existing as a slight herbal (and, at points, even citrusy) tone on the back end - to ballast the sweetness without coming off like some big DIPA. Did I mention it’s boozy? There’s no monstrous sugar note here (it is a bit sweet and candy-like at times, but hey it’s 10.5%) to cover the alcohol, so the latter is rather prevalent. However, it does its job well: it gives the beer some complex nuance without being ruinously burning or unbalanced. It’s both complex AND well-integrated, so in that regard, it’s a big success.
M: While it’s boozy, it isn’t a harsh booziness. Plus, it’s rather dry. While it could use a longer finish by all means, that means this one is easy to drink, even with its full body. Maybe I should call it an easy sipper...yeah, that’s perfect, easy sipper.
O: This is a barleywine for barleywine lovers. It’s boozy, kind of challenging, but drinkable to those who can handle it. It’s a fantastic aging candidate - too bad the twist-off cap is going to oxidize it too quickly... alexsdad06 (11394) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle at home from notes 07. Pours reddish copper with a smaller disappearing white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, dark fruit, fig, dates, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, and some citrus elements. Decent mouthfeel. Decent enough, sweet, I definitely liked the oak aged version better.