Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2009rejtable (2622) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2016
Bottle sample at local BA gathering.
Poured hazy reddish brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toffee and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex fruity sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and alcohol burn finish that was long lasting.
This is a standout complex beer.
Bottle from Xmas 2016 gathering, thanks Stephen! Pours light brown with light head and some lacing. Notes of syrup, earthy bitterness. Taste medium bitter, medium sweet. Medium sticky body with big alcohol burn. Lubiere (13772) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2016
A reddish copper barleywine with a mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with vinous notes, treacle, light butterscotch, alcohol warmth, very nice and beautiful. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with light treacle, alcohol warmth, very nice and rich. Bottle at Ottawa Xmas gathering 2016. Franckg (1614) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2016 Bouteille. Robe brune-ambrée assez trouble avec un mince filet de mousse. Arômes de caramel, sucre d’orge, vanille, brandy de mûres. En bouche, malt caramelisé, sucre d’orge, houblons herbacés, vanille, quelques fruits confits, alcool. Bourbon subtil. Texture huileuse et corps moyen. DuffMan (10270) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 28, 2016
RBSG 2016. Bottle, shared by the brewmaster himself, 2009 vintage. Medium copper hue. Fruity caramel, brown bread, barley candy, sticky and warming. The BBA version offers greater depths and density, but this is still a treat! JStax (6348) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2016
2009 bottle. The beer is a hazy copper. Raisin, fig, toffee, dry notes. Super dry taste. Ashy and bitter. Big body and no carbonation.
knickskicks (1162) - - FEB 28, 2016
Orange/red pour. Nose is citrusy, caramel. Taste is citrus hops and caramel. Preferred the BA version by a lot. weihenweizen (3741) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated brown 75 cl bottle 2009 poured into a snifter. Hazy Amber with no head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, little carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2015
[7529-20150815] Bottle. Sweet toffee caramel aroma. Slightly hazy, orange red body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet toffee grains flavour has a nice aftertaste. Full body. Good. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2015
(Vintage 2014 @ Campground Brewdown 2015, Millmont, PA)
The same night I also tried the 2004 version, which I enjoyed even more. I wrote: "Cherry wood and rich dark fruit. Delicious. 4.0."
Bottle. I think less than a year old. Aromas are apple cider, cherries, caramel, and figs. Tastes the same pretty much. Big caramel apple with underlying dark fruit. Light to moderate sweetness. Ultra smooth for the abv. Medium to full body. Very good. Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle pour in my snifter is a deep amber to light brown with a two finger head. No lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, and candied sugars. Some bananas as well?? Taste is big malts with caramel, toffee, dark fruits, big sugars. Bitter hoppiness, big carbonation. Well balanced and very well done.