solidfunk (9191) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Really comes together well. Not a sugar bomb or syrupy mess at all. Powerful, with good balance. Clear amber with good head and lacing. Sweetness and bitterness in finish. Perfect mix of booze, hops and sweet malt. On tap at DC Summerfest. devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2014
Draft at Max’s, 2008, 6yrs old. Aroma is sweet malt and dark fruits, taste is similar, not a whole lot going on here since the hops have all faded devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pours from the bottle with a sparkling, clear, almost pinkish medium brown color, but almost no head. The aroma is disappointingly muted, with only a mild grainy sweetness and a light pine character being discernable. The flavor is more forward, with woody hops being balanced against subtly sweet caramel malts. It’s not too boozy or sweet as many barley wines can get, and rather just provides a full balance of flavors. The medium body and light carbonation further help this one from getting too syrupy. Overall, despite being comparatively mellow for a 10% barley wine, the rich flavors one would expect still come through. Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Nice dark fruit aroma with some great caramel and malt flavor and a good underlying bitterness. Flavor is a good hoppy bitterness with good raisin and caramel undertones. Does not leave much lingering on the tongue. Overall a solid beer. ndfreak77 (126) - USA - JAN 25, 2014
My very first Barley Wine, so I do not have a comparison. Nice floral and grassy aroma. Pours medium orange and hazy with a slight head. Initial taste of sweet fruitiness gives way to a slightly bitter finish. Overall a very tasty beer that I would definitely purchase by the case or even keg. At 10.6% abv it packs a little kicks.
dliberto (217) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark reddish brown with a small white head. Aroma is close to that of a port or a sherry wine. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, citrus, vanilla, and candy sugar. Light bodied, light carbonation, almost an oily feel. Boutip (6428) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramelized malt with quite a bit of green hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix between some overly sweet caramelized malt with some stalled green hops that don’t really mix that well with the malt backbone. Body is about average with medium-to-low carbonation and light apparent alcohol. There is something off balanced in this beer that I didn’t particularly enjoyed. Luvystypotables (2028) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Amber colored without much head, aroma of fruity, grain and hops. Balanced taste of hops, citrus and bread. Slightly bitter palate of citrus rind. mike5326 (1773) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Dark orange color, small white head. Fruit and alcohol smell. Sweet malt and alcohol flavor with a sweet finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Theydon_Bois (20137) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle at Christine and Daves, big thanks to DLJ, 29/11/13.
Lightly hazed dark amber/chestnut brown with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is earthy, dark toffee, dark fruits, sugars, hop presence, bitter tropical notes.
Taste comprises caramelised sugars, piney tang, tropical fruit medley, bitter orange, red gragpefruit, sugars, light booze.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet closure with lightly warming booze.
Respectable Barley Wine - alcohol well integrated.