FROMTHEBOTTLE (77) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015 lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tony @ IP school last fall. Fantastic aroma and mouth feel. Quite a complex flavor combination: caramel, malty, with some distinct sweetness to offset the bitterness of the hoppiness. A little bit much alcohol on the finish, but quite delicious none-the-less.
New bottle describes contents as a Barley Wine, not a Strong Ale.
12oz bottle. Pour is a hazy brown/orange with a thin circular head. Pour also shows depth as beer has 9.6abv. More typical of a "winter warmer" than barley wine. Carmel and slight toffee notes. Average for a barley wine. Lacks a difinitive flavour profile and complexity. MacBoost (1897) - Victor, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Pours a hazed deep Amber with a small head. Aromas of sticky malts and some pine. Taste is sweet and lightly bitter. Flavored of malt, maple syrup and pine sap. Finishes sweet. It ok. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
It has a deep copper color (almost brown) with lighter orange amber highlights and a tall head on top. Its head is just off white in color and settles down to just a thin filmy foam layer. Lacing is slick. The aroma has a big full malty character which is full off sweet roasty malt and some light notes of the abv. I also get a slight touch of hops. On the tongue it has a big sweet malty character with notes of over ripe fruit, caramel and roasted gain. Hop flavor is light and only adds a slight touch of bitterness in the finnish. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUL 9, 2014
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy and thick mahogany color with just some wisps of white foam atop the brew once poured. The head fades almost instantly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. When swirled in the snifter the beers thickness can be seen as foamy fingers of lace cling to the sides of the glass fading over time as the tiny carbonation bubbles that compose the fingers of lace pop.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and sweet with tons of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Along with these sugary aromas comes some thick roasted bready smells as well as some other sweet smells of a fruit nature of raisin and apple. A good deal of a boozy rum aroma is there as well, creating a nice warming and sweet smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted malt and bready flavor with a good showing of caramel and toffee. The roasted flavor is much heavier then I would have expected from the nose (although not from the look) with it initially gaining intensity to the middle of the taste. While this occurs, some more sweet flavors develop on the tongue, with molasses and more caramel becoming more prevalent. Toward the middle of the taste however the roastedness begins to fade some while some light fruit flavors of apple and raisin come to the tongue. Other than the sweet, some boozy and lightly oaky flavors also join the profile with a touch of herbal and earthy hop tastes. The hop gets stronger to the end, and with the mix of sugary and fruity sweet, with the boozy and roasted flavors, ends up leaving a very satisfying and moderately warming flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is very low. Both are very appropriate for the big thick flavors of the brew and accentuate the mix of sweet and lightly hopped flavors nicely with that of the boozy and roasted flavors.
Overall – A very nice, somewhat slower sipper and boozy, sweeter barleywine. Well worth a try, especially at only ~ $3 for a 12 oz. bottle (which is well worth it!!).
MrBeerFanatic (1057) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Pours a medium caramel color with a light head. Aromas mostly aged caramel (like special b or cara 8 malts) and raisin. Flavors of raisin, caramel, slightly grassy and no alcohol noticed. Medium sweet. A decent barleywine but lacks complexity and depth. More towards the one dimensional. I could easily make this on a bad brewing day.
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
pours hazy orange amber, haze, thin off white head. sweetness, pitted fruits, wet cereal grains, cardboard. hmmmmmm. kinda of confused. chewy body. LowBrau (139) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Interesting color - hazy medium brown, with an orange tint. Small, cream colored head. The nose is fruity and candy-like. Big flavors and aromas. Malty with sugary toffee notes, alongside fruity tartness and a significant alcohol aroma. Has a smooth mouthfeel and a soft, creamy finish - reminiscent of sweetened condensed milk, but at the same time has a bit of a tangy bite. Ron (3956) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2012
I bought this 12 oz bottle at the Brewery in March for $4. Aroma is sweet caramel malts friuty esters like figs, and an alcohol kick as it warmed. Flavor of more sweet malt with a moderate hop backbone, more alcohol. Alot of alcohol but not as thick as most Barleywines. jb (3251) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2012
One of those I don’t understand why it is ASL instead of Barley Wine, esp. when it says its barley wine on the bottle - no matter. It does seem to be a barley wine, orange, slightly cloudy, decent white remains on top. Really nice looking. Nose is sweet, sugary, some sort of baking spice, yeah and Cinnamon too. Palate is sticky sweet but not overwhelmingly despairingly sweet. Thanks for the bottle Ron! pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 14, 2012
12 oz bottle purchased from the brewery a few months ago. Got one to hold and one to drink now. Looks orange-brown, but appears a hazy opaque mahogany when held to the light. Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, raisin. A bit of brown sugar and honey as well. Taste is similar - smooth and sweet with the fruitiness you’d expect.