brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle @ home via Secret Krampus courtesy toss from Andy. Mahogany pour with a short lived khaki head. This smells like Red Man chewing tobacco. Smoke, caramel, band aids, and candied orange peel. W@? Tastes of tobacco, beef jerky, smoke, and plastic. This is gross. According to vacax: "the lake may be superior, but this beer is a fucking piece of shit." bhensonb (15354) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Bottle from Guerde - thanks man! Pours very dark brown/amber with a creamy off-beige head. Aroma seems woody. And smoky. Full bodied, almost. Flavor is woody, smoky, lightly brown sugar. It’s near dry. It finishes smoky and a bit bitter. A little chocolate after a long time. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2009
(12oz bottle, thanks OSLO) Small off-white head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, brown sugar, some raisin, light orange, tea. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, tea, earthy/orange, raisin. Medium-full body, some stickiness, light resin. crossovert (13080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Hand written twist-off bottle 2008 vintage.
It pours a dark brown with a big, creamy tan head. Nice lacing.
The smell is dark and fruity. It is really nice. It is one of the better smelling BWs out there.
The flavor is pretty good. A classic barleywine. Not overly alcoholic, just smooth and malty with some fruits, light hops and a lot of malt.
Pretty good. hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
Ratebeer rating # 3,100. 12oz bottle acquired in trade with footbalm (thanks!). Poured a deep and dark mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted nuts, earthy, caramel, light chocolate, light smoke and dark fruits. Tastes of toasted nuts, caramel, some dark fruits, and light chocolate. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice lacing left on the glass.
slowrunner77 (12157) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"pretty much the aroma and flavors you’d expect from the style, but nothing really stood out. definitely on the dark side with a little toffee and dark fruit aroma, similar taste with some caramel as well and a bit of alcohol. medium bodied. just ok for a barlwywine." hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle... Dark, clear mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Fruity, vinous nose with lots of dates and port. Dark fruit flavor with adequate bitterness. A touch boozy. Full-bodied and oily with soft carbonation. Pleasantly bitter, grassy finish. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/24/2007DocLock (10742) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Source: Tasting, RBSG 2007
clear dark brown, scant off white head, drippy lace,
sweet dark caramel malt aroma with light earthy hops,
rich caramel malt flavor, touch of alcohol, good caramel sweetness, long earthy bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours burgundy with a nice head. Aroma of malt, cabernet, spice, toffee, and malt. Tastes malty, fruity, with nice sweetness. Finishes hoppy, fruity, with more cabernet. Very complex, with well hidden alcohol. BVery (10609) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle. Very dark pour with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, sweet sugars, and dark fruit. Medium palate, some carbonation. Taste is rich dark fruit, ABV is well hidden. Pretty darn good.