madmitch76 (26850) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 10th October 2008. Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2016
GABF. Strong clear brown beer. Dry. Sweet and malty. Some bourbon barrel flavours. Sweet porty tones.
Keg at the brewpub, 8/15/16. Hazy copper, thin head, poor retention. Aroma of toffee and raisin. The taste is toffee, cherries, herbal hops. Medium bodied, mild booze. Lubiere (14352) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
A dark reddish amber barley wine with mahogany hues and a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet peaty malt, we dough, warming alcohol, a bit boring. In mouth, a sweet malty barley wine, lightly vinous notes, treacle, burned caramel, not verry hoppy, On tap at the Istmus Beer and Cheese, Jan 21 2012. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
(GABF05) Hazy brown body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, syrup, maple, caramel. Taste is sweet, maple syrup, caramel, some alcohol warming. Medium-full body, some stickiness, a bit of alcohol. bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2009
(Draught, 2006 vintage, sampled August 2009) Pours a cloudy reddish brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of leather, old books, cherry, caramel, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, maple syrup, hops (earthy), fruit, brandy, and some light spices with a moderately dry finish.
3fourths (9381) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Cloudy soft brown with some yelloe or orange colors at the bottom and edges of the glass. Good, mellow nose of vanilla beans, cherries, light woody bourbon and a mellow balanced sweet fruit and grant scents. Thick, hoppy, just below what I would call "hot". Crisp, finishing with some sour fruit and some sour cherries. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 29/09/2005
Mid brown coloured and very strong in alcohol with a fruit aroma. Crisp hoppy slightly bitter malt finish. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 On tap at G.D. Madison. Poured a clear, deep reddish-brown with a thin beige ring for head. Dark berries, alcohol, caramel, and some earthy malts found the nose. Lots of sweet berry malts and lots of booze in the flavor... mild spicy maltage at the finish. The alcohol really took over as this warmed... very remnicent of rubbing alcohol at times. Syrupy sweet malts on the palate with a big, astringent dark berry and alcohol finish. This came across as very brash and rough. 7 3 6 3 12 JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Re-rate March ’08, 2005 Vintage.
A couple years on this beer made a whole world of difference! The color stayed the same, but picked up a nice shimmer. The aroma found deep, aged dark fruits and caramel paired with light herbal notes.. alcohol only served as an amplifier, and everything melded delightfully together! The flavor found deep, toasty dark fruits and toffee at the core with warm and spicy herbal accents.. warm, but very well-balanced.. warmth brought out some brown sugar and other delectible dark sugars. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. a couple years took this from brash to smooth as glass. Fantastic!
"03 version. Topaz brown color with a lid of light tan bubbles. Sweet malt, soy sauce, and tropical fruit aromas dominate. Flavors seem to follow the aromas. The linger is malt, butter and salt. Lightly oily. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
Unfiltered orangey brown pour offering a smallish, but lasting beige cover. Sweet malty nose at the boundaries between a woody, syrupy scotch ale and an english barleywine in all its earthy, caramel and fruity (grapes, berries) notes. Actually becomes rather vinous as it warms, but remaining thick and moderately highly carbonated. Slightly tannic, tart, herbal and floral aspects contribute to the vinous nature while the sweet side remains jam-packed. Full bodied, mouth-washing carbonation. Good take.