thechandler (593) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Pours an orange-amber color. Aroma is bold and alcoholic. Flavor is strong, dark fruit notes - plums, currants, etc. Pretty darn good, but flavor that packs a monster of a punch. j12601 (13035) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby orange with a large beige head. Soft caramel, sweet and floral on the nose with some nice pineapple notes. Smooth and lightly sweet at first with a bit of hops coming through. Big caramel and soft warm malt. Slow warming alcohol and a nice balancing bitterness on the finish. Nothing mind blowing but tasty and done well. mcox90 (2120) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2011
12 oz bottle from a 4 pack. Pours a red/orange color with a thin white head. Heavy sweet malty aroma with a hint of pine hops in the back of your nose. Moderately heavy palate with a warming sensation. Low, low carbonation. Almost nonexistent. Sweet caramel flavor backed by pine and citrus hops. Alcohol is present in every sip. Pretty good, although a little less than I expectd. Triticus was better. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2011
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the brown sugar with some caramel malt and piney hops mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of sugar as well as some pine and orange notes. While there is some hop flavor, there is very little bitterness resulting in the beer being very sweet. The alcohol is barely detectable. Very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall. LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2011
12 oz. bottle, pored into snifter. Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a small off white head that produced some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma smells like sweet, white grape. Flavor mirrors the aroma and the booze burn is not so bad. Finishes dry and sweet. All the flavors of a great barleywine are there, but maybe a bit young and I bet this would cellar well. A god one to sip. One of the better barleywines I have sampled.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours ruby red with a tan head. Smells of dark fruit, some resiny notes, toffee, cognac, some warming alcohol presence. Tastes fruit with some toffee and molasses notes. Resiny elements emerge as the beer warms. Enjoyable. Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a deep copper/amber color, with a low just off-white head. The nose shows piney hop character, a slight note of alcohol, and a background raison malt note. The palate shows a medium-high to high English crystal malt sweetness up front, perhaps showing a bit of the sample’s age. Carbonation is beautifully calibrated. Alcohol is nicely hidden throughout the palate; impressive, given the content of the aforesaid of the beer. The finish leaves a lingering note of raisony malt sweetness, along with a very slight bitterness, and just a touch of alcohol. Overall, a really nice interpretation of the style, especially given the relatively tender age of the sample. jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2011
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours ruby/deep amber with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel and cereal malts, floral hops, and light fruits. Flavor about the same with a sort of resiny flavor holding back potential of this beer, and a finish of hops. Smooth texture. A decent barley wine. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2011
Courtesy of Carl. Dark brown pour with a small head. Notes of caramel, biscuit, and slightly muted citrus and pine resin lead to a carmel oriented flavor. More biscuit with a grassy hop profile. The palate is a bit thin for the style, with low carbonation and a supple mouthfeel. Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Pours a clear very dark amber with decent khaki head. Sweet caramel and alcohol, with some dark cherrywood accents. Fairly tasty, but could use some age.