Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2011
UPDATED: APR 4, 2011 Incredible barleywine with beautiful dark chocolate, cognac, pitted fruit and unpitted fruit skins, tobacco, leather, subtle bourbon (well integrated) cardamom, clove, and surprisingly dryish in the remarkably lengthy finish. Impeccable balance from sniff to aftertaste. DocLock (11112) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2011
Simply one of the most amazingly sophisticated barleywines I’ve ever tasted.
In another six months when the heat has subsided, this will be a true masterpiece.
Edit: After only a few days resting, the heat has almost totally vanished, the carbonation is softer, and the flavors are already more married.
Beatiful boxed bomber from Capone’s. Pours into my Stone RIS snifter turbid mahogany/chestnut, with 1-finger clingy off-white head. Nose is heavy bourbon, oak, figgy fruit, cherry, blackberry, port. Gorgeous nose here. The flavor is on the sweet side initially, with a huge bourbon and oaky element, and tons of fruity notes of the blackberry and port wine variety, brown sugar, backup hops. as it warms, the sweetness goes away somewhat, and the oaky bourbon mixed with the port and blackberry emerges, plus backup hops and caramel notes, and some finishing rauchy and cognacy notes. Amazingly complex and with very well hidden alcohol, this is a beer for the ages, one of the finest beers I have ever quaffed, and a truly earth-shattering experience. As usual with these big beers, I need to remind lightweights and barleywine haters to leave this beer to those who can appreciate and understand it, while you go back to your parent’s basement for a sixer of the new Miller Light with the corkscrew bottles.. BeerDisciples (13) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Exceptional Beer, big coconut and caramel nose and flavors. So balanced for as big a beer this is. A Total Experience! Good to the last drop and worth every penny. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pours amber coffee brown with a quickly dissipating head. Moderate aromas of sweet malt and toffee. Full nectar with good carbonation. I like how this beer has a high complex value while remaining classy. It’s not overdone. Most barleywines of this magnitude are much too sweet and unbalanced. This brew reaches a new pinnacle. This beer has gone where no beer has gone before. Much more English in style exhibiting flavors of toffee, butterscotch, coconut, and a hint of cherry. Big on Bourbon. Love this brew. I feel a TRUMP card comin’ on. Bamn! Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2012
(2012 bottle) Currently my favorite beer to sip slowly with friends. Marvelous deep ruby red appearance, feels almost more like a rich supple red wine than beer. Taste is layered, includes at times everything listed in the commercial description, but combines to be more than almost any description could capture. FW has created a masterpiece.
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MightyHef (21) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2013
This barleywine sets the standard for me. Complex in it’s taste, I get chocalte, some light vanilla from the oak and a mixed body of tobacco and cherry. A balanced bold finish leave sme wanting another sip. Fritz123 (1597) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle from trade. Thanks Boltz! Shared with Pete and Gail. Let me just say I don’t think I’ve ever rated a beer at a 5. This one won hand’s down. I was nearly depressed when I drank the last sip because I wanted more. Snifter glass. The pour was a deep amber with an almost golden hue. One finger head slowly lingered. Great lacing at first and then an almost enchanting swirl of leftover head throughout. The aroma was maybe the best ever. Strong performance of wood barrel, booze, malts, caramel, toffee and dark candies. The taste matched the aroma in quality and strength. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, malts, oak, candied sugars, and bitter chocolates. Perfect mouth feel of almost creaminess. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. I can’t wait to have another one of these. Daviddean (2) - Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2014 does not count
Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, smoke, woody, earthy, resin found a beer to be very strong but palatable who love the aroma the chocolate notes that I took him to the upon or very divine but the flavor of the nuttiness due to the tobacco within the product give it I’m more of an alcohol tone to it so was I in your mouth the feel of it was sort of like whiskey after all it is GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
22oz bottle - davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 17, 2016
This is just insane how great this beer is on nearly every level. The intense amount of flavor depth combined with the olfactory input is really something to appreciate and admire. Waves of rich, butter-toffee, vanilla, wood, chocolate, thick caramel syrup, and coconut cake batter fill the nose with just a light twinge of alcohol showing up. Stunning.
The complexity on this is just mind blowing. It reminded me in a lot of ways of Apis Póltorak Jadwiga, with it’s multiple layers of flavors, each meshing with each other in an orchestra of wonderful flavors. Bounding flavors of bourbon, oak, vanillin, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, butter-scotch, leather, and Captain Black pipe tobacco. There are very few beers as defining to a category as this is to the barleywine style. It’s simply, simply amazing.
Very good balance, the spirit of a scotch with the body of an ale. Very enjoyable.