radagast83 (8002) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a really dark amber/crimson color with a small wispy off-white head. Aroma was notes of caramel, sweet malt notes, some alcohol. Flavor was smooth caramel notes, some light dried fruits. I was really expecting a lot more alcohol burn in this one. It was quite drinkable.
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. Radek Kliber (7316) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle 355 ml 13 % 2011?(barcode 7832710071068)Iphonephan (6946) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Aroma: big, clean malty rich note with plenty of alcohol. Hint of vanilla with hops.7+
Appearance: dark brown with lighter top.
Palate / Taste: dark malts , dry alcohol. Barley feel , potent approach. Finishing with hints of plum.
On draft at the Mad Fox Barley Wine Festival, Falls Church VA. Vintage 2011. Pours a cloudy amber with a creamy off white head. Caramel and honey in the nose. Sweet candy sugar, caramel, and raisin flavors. High alcohol level pretty well hidden in the sweetness. An excellent barley wine. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
This poured a murky brown color with basically no head at all. Aroma was dark fruits, lots of caramel and toffee, and some piney hops in their too with some alcohol. Flavor was nice smooth caramel malts, some plum flavors and a nice hoppy bitter finish. This really is atwo sided beer, if really cold it is dangerously drinkable, but when it warms the alcohol really shows and its tough to swallow.
ben4321 (6389) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Location: Tap at Legend, 12/27/09obguthr (6295) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2009 Vintage (15.3% ABV according to the Big Board)
Aroma: Aroma of some fruit, berries, citrus hops
Appearance: Caramel colored beer, white head
Flavor: Big, somewhat sweet flavor, nice bitterness
Palate: Full body, and not nearly as hot as the ABV would suggest
This was a really good Barleywine, one of the smoothest, nicest drinking Barleywines Iíve had in a while. I couldnít believe how smooth this was, and how well they hid the 15.3%, it was hardly there at all. Really dangerous beer, that is for sure. I really enjoyed it.
Bottle-2009. Yeasty raisin and orange aroma. Hazy ochre, thin yellow head. Full body. Deliciously fruity flavor of grapefruit, cherries, and brown sugar with a bready base. Tastefully bitter orange peel finish. Itís a bit like liquid fruitcake and a nice choice for Christmas. Alcohol evident but tolerable and tastes nowhere near the 15.3% on the label .
Re-rate: This is a dangerous drink. It didnít seem to have as much alcohol as advertised, but I felt it an hour later, and it had me walking sideways. Inbibe carefully. dmac (6198) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2013
12oz bottle via trade. Poured a good looking super dark brown body with a smller mocha beige foamy head. Aroma is very sweet with notes of figs, raisins, mollasses, slight touch of nut, alcohol. Great syrupy mouthfeel that is almost chewy with big carbonation and a long lingering burn that lasts and lasts. Flavor isnít quite as sweet as the aroma, notes of raisin and fig along with dry breaad, nuts, molassas and old caramel. Good stuff. jgb9348 (6187) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2012 Vintage? (13% abv on label):
Deep dark brown coloured body with a fast-dying tan and beige head with some violet and ruby tints near the bottom. Aroma of super rich pit fruits, alcohol, oak, vanilla, earth, scotch, gin and a big dose of caramel. Full-bodied; Dense, earthy, pit fruit flavours with a ton of cognac and brandy flavours behind with the warmth from the alcohol showing a lot. Aftertaste shows a big alcohol burn, some oak and pit fruits, a lot of peat and woodsy touches and a pungent deep sweetness at the end. Overall, a super strong barley wine that still shows a lot of rough edges at ~1 year old with perhaps too bitter of a finish. A nice one to try, but not one of my favourite barley wines - too rough and not enough sweetness and complexity throughout. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 04-January-2013 for US$3.99 sampled at home in Washington on 22-November-2013. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for this one, the barley wine man! Pours a caramel color with a tiny white head. Nose is honey, caramel, toffee, booze, and some fruity notes that quick burn off and turn to booze. Flavor is similar and very boozy. I think this one will still be hot in about 5-10 years.