slowrunner77 (12995) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Murky brown, booze and raisin and brown sugar and toffee on the nose. Smooth body. Definitely a big sipper, though. Flavor has what the nose has plus some vanilla and caramel. Nice brew. popway (226) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle bought at the brewery. Saved till this Thanksgiving djd07 (15651) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
day. Aroma of sherry, port, the Sam Adams barrel
comes through. Mild to no carbonation.!Lightly
sweet, honey, light alc burn, whispy clouds, apple
cider appearance, medium mouthfeel, a lite version
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong booze, caramel, dark fruits, wood. Thick mouthfeel with nice booze, butterscotch, caramel, oak, nice sweetness, very impressive. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Thanks to errl for sharing this bottle. Brown pour with a white head. The aroma has some nice oak, maple and vanilla notes. The flavor is similar. I get some heavy toffee notes that are complemented by some maple, vanilla, dark fruit, oak and whiskey. The whiskey really stands out and is very enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle..Pour is dark brown with a thin heas..Nose is caramel,barrel, spice, alcohol..Taste is caramel, barrel, alcohol, spice, utopias. ..
bhensonb (15841) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle shared by marcus at California 10K event. Pours dark brown. No head. Heavy brown sugar aroma. Med body? Flavor is hoppy brown sugar and dark fruit - sort of hoppy bitter. Yet arguably a sweet barley wine. Verygood drink. oRos (1674) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle shared by marcus at california 10k event. Pours ruby with white head. Taste is a hop forward barely wine. Great beer with some dark fruits Dodgrblu (756) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
22 ounce bottle at Cap Tap’s 10 K celebration, very Boisish, sweet, Too drunk to rate. marcus (10740) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2014 Bottle from Drakes Barrel House. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a fruity treacle aroma. There is a carbonated full-bodied dark molasses flavor with with rich malt sweetness and almost no bitterness. The alcohol is fairly well masked although there is a slight warming trail. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle from the source. It opens with a fierce pop and pours with a rather vigorous, fizzy light tan head which concerns me a little.. it settles to a nice small ring of tight foam. The aroma is excellent. Woody, nutty with lighter notes of sherry, cocoa and bourbon. It reminds me of the old BA barleywines from Drakes of yesteryear. You know, the ones in the nip bottles with the ship... God I miss those. A little butterscotch and raisin opens up on the nose as it warms. The flavor is surprisingly not as aggressive as the aroma. Sweet plum, dates and raisin with a touch of rum and bourbon alcohol. The nuts, caramel, sherry and cocoa flavors are on the back end and very subtle. It actually feels a tad light in the body for such a big barleywine, but I’m not complaining about that. Virtually no bitterness, except for some faint whispers of herbal hops. They managed to keep the barrel flavors in check and not make a big sweet mess here. Good job. Very tasty stuff.