Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
Sweet caramel, honey, malt, dark Belgian candy sugar and plums. Flavor is almost sour, then crazy sweet. some spicy rye comes on towards the end. Mouth feel is very salival. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 5, 2012
(22oz bottle, courtesy of crusianbeer) Pours a clear dark amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, rye, bourbon, oak, vanilla, plum, and raisins. Flavor of caramel, toffee, raisins, rye, vinous, and bourbon. Arayaga2 (2221) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Dark brown with dense brown head. Aroma and taste are intensely figgy with a concentrated classic barleywine yeast character. Very much a sipping beer, with high residual sweetness. Dorwart (2609) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Decent sized light brown head of fine bubbles. Rich and malty aroma with lots of molasses, spiced apples, raisins, figs and caramel. A plethora of big aromas all blended together. Color is a very dark chocolaty brown. Rich, roasty, fruity and strong flavor all melded together. More raisins, figs, and molasses abound along with some spices and raw carmalized sugar. Some warming from the alcohol but the 13+% is hidden really well as you barely notice it. Not necessarily a good thing. Finishes rich and roasty and malty and sweet with a touch of oak showing through in the end. Another great brew from HeBrew! Sammy (12768) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
Superior barleywine and unique. Complex with rye edge, imperial stoutish aroma. Good looking and lacy. Bitter from big hopping, a tad astringent from the pommegranent, sweetened by chocolate. Alcohol warming. A big beer for big beer geeks.
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle. Batch 001 from 9/7/11. Pours with a clear, very deep brown body with a tan head. Aromas are of concord grapes, dark fruit esters, alcohol, brandy, rye whiskey, vanillin, chewy, figs, alcohol. Flavors are sweet, chewy, tobacco, fudge, concord grapes, mild vanillin, light cherry, alcohol, raisins, figs, plums. Light bubbles, extremely sweet, lots of alcohol, and medium bitter.
For my palate: not nearly as nice as their BA Human Block Head (as far as their BA beers go). Johnsense (1755) - - MAR 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 Dark brown pour, small lasting head that forgot to lace. Lots in the aroma - Dried dark fruit, pomegranite, fig, raisin. Taste the same - Raisin, fig, Red grape, not much pomegranite but lots of candied and dark fruit. Plum. Complex and sweet. medium to heavy body. A hint of barrel but not enough to overwhelm or distract. A Quality brew from Shmaltz. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Deep brown/amber pour with creamy tan head and lace. Toffee, brown sugar, and sweet dried fruit aroma. Caramelized sugar, dried fruit, and a nice abv warmth and a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very nice m4rest88 (390) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
pours with a dark amber hue with a small light brown head that is mostly diminishing
aroma of molasses, dark fruits, and alcohol
flavor is the same with some fig and grapes in the finish
thick mouthfeel with light carbonation kopher (593) - New York, USA - MAR 3, 2012
"Bottling Date: 9/7/2011"
intense dark roasty and fruity aroma, lots of alcohol. pours a coca-cola brown with minimal and fast-receding brown head. very sweet, somewhat balanced by bitterness in back and alcohol warmth. lots of oak in finish. thick and syrupy, really could be lighter, but tasty all-around. may be better with some more age on it.