PhillyCraft (7720) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2016
backlog, Bottle, pours an amber tinted brown color with an average head and lace. Smell and taste are dark fruit, candy sugar, spice, and booze. Lots of warming alcohol effects on a medium to fuller bodied beer. solidfunk (9363) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Some oaky astringency and lots of booze and boiled down caramel. Brown pour with ok head. Doesn’t come together super well. Tap at Rosslyn brewpub. Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Limited release, sampled in 2011, aged since 2008.
Pours a deep copper with a white fizzy head that dissipates instantly. Sweet malty aromas with fruit and caramel, but fades quickly. Tastes dry and fruity and overwhelmingly champagne-like in taste and mouthfeel. No hop character present. It has a one-dimensional sour tang and the malty sweetness I would have expected is not present. Maybe this one should have been opened a bit earlier as it did not age well. AirForceHops (7689) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2014
22 oz. bottle, 2012 vintage purchased at Georgios in Billerica, MA. Aroma is spot on for the style, prunes, raisin and sweet caramel, toffee. warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Flavor is nice. Sweet without any booze, raisins, caramel dipped dates, sweet English malts, tones of yeast. The alcohol is not found at this point, the mouthfeel is lightly oily with a super sweet dried fruit finish. ABV is super smooth at this point, no oxidation found. Love how barely wines tastes at this point in the evolution. Solid sipper.
2012 bomber. Pour is a deep crimson slightly hazy, with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet with plum and fig, cherries, caramel, toffee, a hint of chocolate. Taste is big caramel and toffee with plum, brown sugar and faint hops. Boozy in the finish with some sweet malt lingering between sips. Decent barleywine, although perhaps a bit too sweet.
Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2014
22oz bottle ’11Vintage (Crown Liquors #15-Fishers)-40° in Snifter-Pours a dark brown with a small tan covering for a head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, toffee, and roasted malts. Taste of the same with more sweetness and toffee. This full bodied brew is well done and is well balanced. Ajcanon711 (35) - - JAN 19, 2014
Aroma. Beer words. Heart burn. Big ole Barley Wine and it knows how to flaunt it.
---AJ's Approval vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2012 Vintage bomber. Pours a dark toffee brown with about 2 fingers worth of head. Tastes of sweet malt a hint of coffee and mild hops. Smooth not sticky moutfeel. A very solid barley wine. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Dark, english appearing brown ale with a finger of light caramel foam that falls to a mirrored surface with a rim. Nice cherry hues where light glows. Smells of cocoa, lots of cocoa; kinda weirds me out, but I dig it. Nice caramel, toffee and tea flavors in the beer. I haven’t had it fresh, but I like it now as it is. Medium bodied with a semi slick finish.
I would drink this again and again if in my area. Looking forward to the BBA and Cab versions.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2012 Itzjerm (3074) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2013
No head. Carmel malt very hot on alcohol. For abv somewhat thin on tongue. Very average barley wine. 2012 vintage.