TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cola colored, could pass for coke. Aroma is awesome. Caramel, malt and hops. Flavor is boozy caramel, oak, toffee and malts. Fuck, this beer is incredible. Not really boozy, but the alcohol is there. AdamChandler (5052) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 25, 2013
Well, I’m a beer hoarder. I had 2011 and 2012 vintages of this but wanted to do a vertical so I hoarded this instead of drinking it. Finally in 2013, I was able to buy 5 of these so I opened a fresh bottle. Wow. Here’s the review.
rxeight (3084) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
A - Deep mahogany leather and amber colors. 1 finger head that fades fast.
S - (It’s allergy season so I am stopped up and can only smell a faint level of caramel/toffee)
T - lovely vanilla and chocolate. very sweet , minimal malt profile for such a large 13% beer. impressive how damn drinkable this thing is!
M - Medium body, minimal carbonation
O - Wow. This is impressive. It’s a shame I can’t smell this beer as that’s half the taste but seriously, for a 13% BA Barleywine, even fresh, this is smooth, drinkable, very impressive. World class for sure.
Very dark crimson color. Nose of bourbon and vanilla with sweet hard cand. Perfect blend of bourbon and barley wine. Nice barley wine finish. Pleasantly suprised. This is good stuff. DutchDrebus (6002) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2013
Bottle @ joes. Dark red to copper colour with no real head. Smells barley wine, raisins, caramel, sweet, bourbon, vanilla, oak wood. Tastes sweet, bourbon, oak, wood, raisins, alcohol, vanilla. It’s a lovely beer. Full body, velvetty, soft carbo. Love it. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2013
On tap 10 oz. pour at Gilly's Craft Beer & Wine in Rockville, MD.
Clear, but extremely dark rust brown with a khaki head and fair lacing.
Aroma of dark fruit, port wine, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee and caramel.
Taste of bourbon, alcohol, dark fruit, toffee, vanilla, oak, brown sugar and leather.
Full body and medium/low carbonation.
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Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with minimal tan head. Smells oak, cherry. Tastes sweet, rich, creamy, oaky, bourbon, lot of cherry flavor, currants. Very very good. Extremely happy with this beer! FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours like a semi-flat coke; also looks like coke. Big toffee, raisin and woody aroma. Not overly sweet, nor syrupy, nice dry finish. This is a great barley wine.
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Very nice barley wine. Hides the ABV quite well, which is no small feat for 12.5%. A little syrupy mouthfeel, with a bit of bourbon overtones, and some fruit notes. I like it. Bacterial (2999) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2013
2013 Vintage - pours a dark amber with a slight tan head. Nose is dark fruits, wood, bourbon, vanilla. Mouthfeel is really nice, heavy, but not overbearing. Lovely complexity here without being a total mess. Fantastic beer. topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2013
Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is big caramel, vanilla, boozy. Flavor is much the same with a good bit of earthy oak.