GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours the color of leathered blood orange w/ a full semi creamy, spattered froth that recedes slowly. Aroma of huge piney hops and sweet caramel. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers. This is a hopped up version of the style. When you’re sick of barley wine, drink this one. A generous use of hops hides the sweet caramel all the way to the end leaving bitter scar tissue. I find myself feeling for sloughed off inner mouth tissue. Nuances [is all they could be called after that assault] of cramel, slight cherry, and leather. This is the arena where IIPA meets Barley Wine. A nice change of pace. Finish is blistering w/ the hops really digging in. I highly recommend this brew. lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Size: 22 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 93
Aural: quiet opening, gentle carbonation, uneventful pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: very nice
Malt Aroma: raisin prunes
Hops Aroma: rose spicy grapefruit
Other Aroma: grapes, sour, cherry
Notes: An amazing aroma. Incapacitating.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: dark ruby
Head Retention: average
Notes: A menacing appearance - deep beautiful ruby color with brilliant clarity under an off white yellow head.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Impression: very nice
Malt Flavor: barley, pumpernickel, brown sugar, walnut, toffee, dark roast
Hops Flavor: flint, tropical flowers, red pepper flake, grapefruit
Other: maple syrup, raisins
Notes: wonderful, deep, rich, bold, dark, raisin, delicious, favorite
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: drying warming
Notes: bitter, long finish, strong, alcohol
General Impression: 20 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: well done, great price, praiseworthy, fantastic mkel07 (6123) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2012
650ml bottle. 2011 vintage. Looks great when poured into a snifter glass. Layers of deep copper red colours with a tight packed pillow of foam on top. Weighty in the glass which is always a good sign. Caramel, vanilla, butterscotch and toffee in the aroma. Thick in the mouth and long on the palate. The flavour is as good as the rest of the beer. This is a knockout beer and one that will take a while to get through. What more can I say a perfect score. janubio (883) - SPAIN - NOV 18, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2014 This one is pretty impressive. Hazy brown colour, big head with a full lace and crown that leaves forever. Smell of Pine, allspices, cardamom or clove, citrus, brandy, tobacco, wood (oak?)... Not thick and not light in the palate, not too mauch carbonation, it feels really good. Taste is just like the aroma, maybe with some hints of chocolate and dark fuits and a bit more sweet., though bitterness and sweetness come and go on the same level.Very good indeed. Maybe if I can get another one I’ll give a perfect ten. I stand corrected by myself, it’s a perfect ten. brewji (4) - - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
On first pour, it glows with a rich, reddish amber colour, and a lacy white head top. I sniffed this beer like some people sniff flowers (I unfortunately am allergic to pollen). I took in a lot of deep malty scents, and hops, and...that’s about it. But not in a bad way, this brew smelled righteous, knowing ahead of time that something big was going to happen. It’s like a referee calling a penalty shot in overtime, going in for the big sip was the shot, and the overall taste determined whether or not the deke attempt worked.
Taking the first sip, I expected a train wreck of malty hops. However, I was greeted by a strong, pleasant malty tone, followed by a nice transition into an intense malty flavour, and a crisp, clean after taste. I was so impressed by the after taste, the clean-ish feeling that I got, that it made me want more. This is finally a brew over 10% that will leave you wanting more! Imagine Datsyuk with a highlight reel goal on a breakaway...naturally you’d want more (so long as he’s not scoring on your team).
The first, middle, and end tastes are phenomenal. There are no complaints, as everything flows together, while still leaving a memorable taste that would definitely make me want to order this again. If you (or your friends) are new to barleywines, this is a definite first step into the world of 10%+ beers.
huineman (718) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 11, 2015
66 cl bottle at Irreale, Madrid.
Pours cloudy dark amber with fawn head.
Aroma is extremely complex and intense: Pedro Ximenez, figs, dates, quince custard, strawberry jam, ripe banana...
Taste is complex as well. At once fresh, metallic, sweetish and very bitter, with a long aftertaste that lasts long, long, long. dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
I found a 2008 bottle at my bevmo. (that’s how bad the place is it’s been there since 2008 and was covered in dust at the back of a shelf.) Anywho. Great beer it aged wonderfully. The malts, caramel and toffee really push through and the hops became almost a pineapple aftertaste. Really enjoyable. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle from King&Godfree. Interestingly complex, alcoholic beer. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, cheese, anisette. Taste is sweet, with bitter and sour notes, very long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Amber, with a frothy head. wjvanbeek (7) - - APR 7, 2013 does not count
Surprisingly smooth given the ABV. Great malt back bone gives credibility to the continued great taste. The right hops complex makes this a keeper. This one was aged a year. The last one will sit another year! aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2013
Fantastic! Extremly balanced in both aroma and taste. Full bodied. Not to bitter. Caramelly and hoppy. This is nearly perfect!