HopTsing (575) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
From the bottled poured a cloudy brown brew with a thin beige head. Malty sweet aroma. Full bodied, very sweet, and a pleasant hoppy finish.
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2013
On tap 4 oz. pour at Lost Dog Cafe in McLean, VA. This is most likely the 2012 version.
Clear-but so dark it is almost opaque--burgundy-brown with small khaki head and fair lacing. Head does not linger.
Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit.
Taste of dark fruit, cherry, sweet roasted malt, toffee and alcohol.
Full body and medium/high carbonation with foamy mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Aromas of raspberries, cherries, blackberries, black cherries, and cola, with a subtle nuance of vanilla. Appearance is almost black, with purplish tint, and off-white/light tan head foam. Taste is quite sweet and fruity, with flavors similar to Australian Shiraz, with slight notes of nuts and toffee, and a booze-driven spiciness. A plump, lively carbonated beer, fruity and boozy with very slight hop prevalence, and an off-dry, fruity, lingering finish. Attests very well (as I can only imagine) to the old English standard that beers can be crafted, absolutely, in order to sit side-by-side with complex European wines. Leighton (21258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle Vintage 2009 at The Barley Wine Tasting, London - many thanks to Kenny. Pours orange-ruby, lightly hazy, with a fine, off-white cream head. Lots of caramel on the nose, some wet pine. Big sweet flavor with tons of toasty sugar, berries, gingerbread, orange, alcohol, light spicy pine. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm ginish with lots of caramel, moderate spices, subtle piney bitterness, toasted sugars. Drinks very well for the ABV and has an interesting spice aspect. Good one. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
31st August 2012
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2012
THE Barleywine tasting. 15.3% 2009 version. Very hazy red-brown beer, decent bubbly tan head. Light palate, a little dry. Soft and airy. Inevitably a little aniseed alcohol but not too much. Mild toffee and dried fruits. Very mild - barely there - hops. Semi dry finish. Overall pretty light for it’s abv, just a mild warmth.
Pours deep mahogany brown with medium tan head. Smell is sugar crystals, toffee, dark fruits, booze. Taste is not as nice as the smell. Boozy sugary toffee, sugar plums, more booze. Big slow sipper with lots of depth. Nice dead of winter barley wine. jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Massive thanks to Ken for bringing this behemoth to our battle of the barley wines. The pour’s deep reddish brown with a small white head. The nose is suprisingly floral, hoppy. Some warm wood, boozy barrel. The taste is sweet bearclaw donut. Runny sweet toffee malt flavors, some cocoa and cherry. Chocolate. Boozy lightly dry woody finish. Fulll body, big beer. To be honest, I’m quite impressed by how this beer carries the ABV. It’s not overbearing. A fine sipper. Scopey (14736) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 2009 bottle, thanks to Ken at THE Barley Wine Tasting, August 2012. It pours medium brown, with reddish hues and a thin off-white head. The nose is hoppier than anticipated, pine, varnish, light caramel, toffee apple, brown sugar and orange cream. The taste is varnish, wood polish, raisin, toffee, creaminess, wood, apple, syrupy-sweet tinned fruit and a pretty serious alcohol burn, with some bitterness in the finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Not too shabby. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2012
12oz bottle, 13%. Poured rich, deep amber with a short-lived, yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up warm dark fruits, Port wine, aged caramel, and a little molasses.. lots of sweetness and very little boozage evident. The flavor found more of the fruits and molasses at the core.. hot, peppery alcohol and oxidation wove their way through the rest of the drink.. finished hot, and it very much warmed up the belly.. not great balance. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. a bit buttery.. heat and bitterness detracted from the enjoyment in a few places. Foxbush (2029) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
12 oz bottle 13% abv purchased at Libbie Market. The barlywine poured a deep reddish brown. Very little head and a sweet aroma of prunes or plums. The higher alcohol has a numbing affect as you drink the ale. Sweetness of prunes and raisins with little or no hops in the taste. Medium body with soft carbonation. Smooth finish a sweet aftertaste. This is local a product but a class of beers that I have limited experience.