cards04 (2795) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours a lovely deep mahogany. The nose on this is incredible. Lots of dark dried fruit and molasses. Notes of vanilla and spice too. Too bad the flavors fall flat. Maybe some sweetness.. A boozy finish... But no complexity. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2014
22oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Release #14, 10.4% ABV, den# 1294. Apparently this was bottled 9/30/13, according to the details on Epic’s website. Pours a completely hazy brown / red color. Kind of darker brick color. Thin ring of off-white head. Leaves some loose ropes of lace. Second pour yields much nice appearance, with better head, and thicker lace. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, light carbonation. Slick, oily texture to the finish. Very interesting malt profile. Darker grains, something like rye, kind of spicy, pretty toasty breadiness. Big piney resiny hop. Big earthiness. Bigger bitter taste. Lighter sweet taste. Some light alcohol in the finish after each sip. Pretty tasty hoppy bitter assertive barleywine. The c-hop gives it a nice edge. Nice taste & flavor. Very nice to enjoy with my dinner. A 3.9 on it’s own (a score which had been climbing on it’s own before I entered the kitchen), like a 4.2+ when used for washing down my sandwich. Any hint of alcohol or bite dissapears when paired with a hearty meal, and suddenly it turns from a sipper to an easy-drinker. Finishing off the last half of the bomber in between bites of my dinner was magical. Will revisit this again someday, and in the same fashion. monk191 (1978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2014
A decent barleywine, hoppier than most. Pours a nice bright amber with a white head. Smells sweet. Taste starts sweet, but ends a bit bitter. Had on tap at the brewery. BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Last sample at the annex. Clear copper color with a white ring. Sweet caramel aroma with a hint fresh hops. American styled barley wine with the bolder hops. A little spice and a little sweetness. Nice and warming. jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
22 oz bottle. Brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is of caramel sauce, light maple, molasses, brown sugar, and toffee. Taste is of molasses, caramel, booze, toffee, tobacco (could be the cigar), and toast.
travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. The look is amber in color, beige colored head, and cloudy. The smell is sweet, caramel, fruits, and interesting. The taste is sweet, caramel, malts, candy, and ok. BeerandBlues2 (13321) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours lightly cloudy dark brown with a medium, creamy and small bubbled beige head, medium retention moving to the glass edge with excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet toast and nutty malt, light caramel notes, dates and figs with spicy and earthy hops, light peppery alcohol and some wood/oak notes. Flavor is sweet caramel and toast/bready malt with dark fruits of dates and figs, light earthy and spicy hops with medium bitterness, light peppery alcohol, light oak and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. ABUSEDGOAT (2759) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Brownish color, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is syrupy caramel, dark bread, notes of darker fruit, alcohol. Full bodied, sweet, somewhat sticky. fiulijn (20514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle; release 14, 10.4% ABV, batch 1294Ferris (15275) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
Hazy mahogany color with small head. Malt and perfume aroma, dash of dusty roasty malts. Round mouthfeel, malty flavor, caramel, a bit nutty, sweet but not syrupy; the bitterness level is correct; the fruity and resiny level of hops is moderate.
Nice but not impressive.
Bottle - Caramel and bready malts with a bit of hoppy spice. Clear amber with a thin beige head. Caramel with a long hop bitterness. A little on the harsh side, but OK.