Homer321 (5072) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to theAlum. A ton of dried fruit with some papery oxidation. A touch of raisins. Kinds thin. Overall solid. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Shared by a generous individual at Dark Lord Day.
A: Pours a nice, deep mahogany with an off-white head and a good amount of lacing.
S: Initial whiff is spicy rye atop some bready biscuit malt, hints of anise, and a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness in the background.
T: Slightly spicy rye is again at the fore, although there is a very nice somewhat sherry-like sweetness backing it up.
M: Medium body and somewhat cloying, but not overly so, as the rye’s dry and spicy characteristics balance it out nicely.
D: Very drinkable. A fairly complex brew, and one of the best beers I’ve had from Flossmoor.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-06-2010 ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Appearance: Slips out a hazed, amber-gold body in color and capped with a full, foamy, off-white head.
Smell: Some heady alcoholic wafts out ahead of the caramel-glazed pale malts, scant dark fruits, subdued snippets of rye, and light citrus.
Taste: Establishes a sugary sweetness at the opening sip, with a slight spicy rye bread element (though, I don’t find it ultimately plays a large role in the taste -- maybe a bit low-fi rye) and plenty of caramel sauce. Some dark fruitiness. Citrus and lightly resinous pine alongside a fair degree of bitterness. It’s certainly boozy throughout, finishing dry and a bit hot with a lingering bitterness to it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Some stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Overall: Quite frankly, I found this one to be simply OK. Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Clear orange color with very little head. Aroma is sweet sugary malts and rye chips. Flavor is sweet bread and rye with some sharp woody notes and hops. Finishes with a tingle. nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bomber thanks to thetomG on BA. Deep reddish-amber pour with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel malts, toffee, and red berries in the aroma along with some rye. The flavor is mildly sweet but pretty good. Caramel and toffee malt base along with a good rye spiciness. Rye is big - bitterness seems to come from that as well as the hops. Somewhat sweet and also a bit hoppy. Medium-bodied for the style with average carbonation and pretty good smoothness. I like it. Not very barleywine-like really but a solid rye beer.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Thanks to Josh for sharing. Pours a deeper amber with a creamy bubbly off white head. Aroma of sweet rye, caramel, dark fruits. Flavor was sweet like a barleywine with a nice rye bread finish. markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2015
bottle shared with 2 friends. had the barrel aged version a few months ago. wich was incredible. poured a hazy dark orange colour with a slight off head on top. nose is filled with sweet sticky rye, caramel, cloves, fainted red fruits, and sticky toffee. marzipan and a note of butterscotsch. taste is quite bitter in the in. wich surprised me. since this if 5 years old by now. lots of sweet sticky flavors. balanced with a strong bitterness. not as good as the bourbon version. thegreenrooster (4406) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2011
Pour is a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma is some caramel malt with a nice hop. Flavor starts out with a nice mellwo hop then comes some almost intense rye malts to fill things out. Of all the rye beers I’ve had this one shows the rye the most. A very tasty rye barley wine maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2012
This has a really strong alcohol nose. It comes through much milder in the palate and makes for a nice biting taste. Frank (4195) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Slightly reddish brown. Tan head in a ring w/ spotty lace. Banana-ish tuti-fruity sort of nose, reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum to some extent, overall very sweet smelling. Creamy thick palate. Lip coating cotton candy like sweetness. A bit of chocolate and darker malt character. The mouthfeel from such a large amount of rye in a high gravity beer is really something but this cloys a bit w/o quite enough bitterness to bring real balance.