ippopotamo36 (2496) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 8, 2016
Bottle at Liquid On tap Seattle-USA. Bottle. Semi clear dark caramel color, tan lacing and ruby highlights. Nose: dust, blue cheese. Mouth: sweet earthy notes, sour in some way, extreme and tasty.
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Bottle at Wtf 2. Pours a dark amber with beige head leaving sticky lacing. Aroma is roasted nuts and oak. Medium mouth feel with strong oak roast caramel, candy sugar, boozy finish, very nice. douglas88 (9570) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle thanks to Luke. Pours a clear brown color with a medium white head. A big sour mash whiskey nose. The flavor is big sweet brown sugar, brandy, toffee, oxidation, soft palate. JK (6252) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle. Dark, opaque brown. Sweet aroma, malt and brown sugar. Some oak, vanilla, very sweet with an alcohol burn, and light hops at the end of the sip. Bourbon is very well hidden. tcon25 (932) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Draft pour at Brouwer’s 10th anniversary. Brown pour, strong wood aroma, very sweet taste, raisin, black licorice, plum, slight alcohol finish, this is really good, maybe a little past its prime, but great nun the less, and I’m really glad I’m able to try this.
andrewje41 (4156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Draft pour at the Brouwers cafe 10th anniversary party. From what I’ve been told, this is the last keg in the world, so I’m very glad I stumbled upon this opportunity to try a great endangered beer. Quite a unique barleywine in my opinion. Thick creamy body to it. Sweet malt aroma. Flavor is sweet as well, but it totally works here. Has some vanilla, bread, and hints of cinnamon. Doesn’t sound too unique from my description, but this beer is truly one of a kind. It’s a shame I will likely never have this beer again, but I’m so glad I found it. Overall a solid barleywine. Loved it. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2015 Bottle from FalconA. Thanks! A: Cloudy brown with some particulate. Creme colored head. Some lacing.N: Licorice, star anise, coriander, biscuit, some toffee, prune, touch of vanilla. Sawdust and bark.T: Sweet and bitter. Very bitter.M: Oily medium body, a bit of alcohol burn, light carbonation. O: A bit of an astringent licorice bomb. Also very hoppy in the American style. Decent, not great.Rerate: 12/19/15.Adding a few points. This has a ton of melon and pineapple now. The licorice has disappeared and so did the burn. The oxidation level is appropritate Much better now and worth checking out. Bacterial (3040) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle brought to me by Prufrockstar - thanks Chris! Dark amber / light brown pour with a nice light tan head. Malty nose with a slight bourbon thing going on. Sweet toffee, vanilla and bourbon. Some raisin and fig in the sweetness too. Nice. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
A - pours a hazy orangy mahogany with a little tan head that leaves a ring around the glass. S - nice barleywine. Balance of the graininess, malty tones and booze. Light feed grains and cereal grains, dried dates and prunes. The maltiness follows, rich and sweet. Nice booze on the end. M - rich nice palate. Sweet and complex. Watery mf to a booze burn end. T - not as rich or complex as the best if them but nice. Grains lead the way to sweet dried dark fruits (dates, prunes) some nuttiness (walnuts) lead to sweet dark malts. End is astringent booze. O - nice and pretty drinkable. Too astringent and hot tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Swampy brown color, a lazy, bubbly collar with no real head ever forming. Sticky, toffee-lacquered prune & date aroma with backing notes of black licorice, star anise, residual brown sugar, dusty wood, faint perfume/floral notes, & just a very mild onset of oxidation. Lots of brown sugar in the flavor, perhaps with some added vanilla now. Caramelized, residual sugar-y notes. Very sweet. Again more anise & black licorice, heavy mid-palate with a finish containing earth, wood, toffee, & caramel. It is certainly very sweet but never gets cloying. Thick, sticky body. Flavor doesn’t contain the mild oxidation present in the aroma. A nice barley wine; it would be great if the black licorice & anise were a bit more muted, as I’m just not a huge fan of those flavors.