superspak (5883) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2017
Got in a BIF from jdell15. 12 ounce can into snifter, 2017 vintage. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, golden raisin, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, golden raisin, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus rind, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, golden raisin, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance. Touch of lingering hop astringency, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, sticky/resinous/rind, and slightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth, and a touch of booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome American barleywine! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for thebig ABV; despite the increasingly bitter/drying finish. Very aggressive but not overdone on hops/bitterness. A very classic tasting style example. Heavy C hops character, with great balance of estery yeasts and malt sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Beachmaster (582) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2017
On draught. Pours a clear mahogany, with a small white head that quickly fades. Nose is raisins, figs, and bread. Taste is boozy dark fruit with a cloying aftertaste. A decent exemplar of the style, but nothing outstanding. On the boozy side. deyholla (12033) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a pale amber gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma a bit of citrus and plastic with sweet grains and caramel underlying. Flavor has an odd combination of earthy citrus and caramel with resin and bread in the finish. swanmann (777) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - APR 24, 2015
Un-aged 16.9 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass: Amber brown iced- tea color with about an inch of tight, tan, orange hued head that dissipated after a couple of minutes, leaving lace. Boozy, earthy aroma with funky dried apricot, intense caramel and toffee, rum notes coming out after some warming. Sweet and toasty flavor, bread crust, vanilla, syrupy caramel. The hops seemed more pronounced fresh from the fridge. Good carb lends to a creamy mouthfeel and it holds up well at room temp. Full-bodied; acidic hoppyness fades into bourbon qualities. Good stuff really.