thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
(22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye brewed in 2008) cloudy deep ruby with medium tan head with tight bubbles. Nose of brown sugar, cream, alcohol and vanilla. Taste of alcohol, brown sugar, caramel, raisins. Finish is creamy, TONS of flavor, and there is almost NO HINT of 11% alcohol at all. This beer is superb, and quite possibly the best barleywine I have ever had. Awesome! dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 I had this on tap at The Brew Keeper, it was suggested by a gentleman drinking a stout at the bar when I entered. Do you like carmel, if so this beer is for you, from aroma to finish this just said carmel. Though it is a barleywine it really drank more like a sweet, heavy quadrupel (yum) and had a very nice finish.
Revised 11/08/07- Much boozier than the last time but from the same batch, but bottled. Same as previously stated but there is a fair amount of alcohol created in the aging process, I bought a few just to store away for the future, good beer. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark amber body with smallish, tan-colored head.
Smell: Rich toffee and dark caramel sauce with a toasty character and sprinkling of brown sugar and a hint of overall earthiness.
Taste: In an instant the palate is enveloped in an exceptional sweet, pleasing maltiness tasting of caramel and toasted toffee. Delicate fruitiness. Pinch of brown sugar. Sip of fine aged sherry. Hops do their darnedest to balance, but this is ultimately a rather sweet brew. Finishes with a toasty, sugary taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: There is very little else to say. It’s just downright delightful. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2008
22 Oz bottle purchased at Rozi’s in Lakewood on 10-11-2008. Pour is a nice creamy reddish brown with a thin cream head. Aroma is sweet berries and a hint of caramel malt and alcohol. Flavor starts off crisp with some mild citrus flavors than smooths into a bourbony sweetness. A very rich blending of dark wood and rich fruity-creamy sweetness. This is one fantastic brew. Very smooth and refined, not over the top, and an excellent offering. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2008
Thanks to Kujo9 for what appears to be a fairly rare treat. The beer poured a a hazy deep reddish-brown color with a beige head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of dark fruits, caramel and chocolate. Fruity flavor with notes of prunes and some more chocolate. Medium-full bodied and smooth. Light aged character. Fairly warming in the chest and throat but only a tiny pepper alcohol taste.
aracauna (3599) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2008
This is a dark red brown and surprisingly clear. The aroma is rich and full of fruit, dates and pineapple. Sweet maltiness defines the flavor and is nicely balanced with the alcohol. Surprisingly good beer. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Hey I brought this one! Amber pour wtih a nice tan head. aroma is full of sweets...toffee, caramel, vanilla, raisins and brown sugar. Flavor is much the same with caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and fruit. Very slight bitterness. Nice beer. SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2009
22 oz. bottle - thanks to Sammy for the trade; i have s soft spot for the label as years ago i stood in the exact same spot to take the exact same photo of the Tetons; pours clear, reddish amber; aromas of yeast, sugar and prunes; intoxicating mixture of sugars and fruit; soft, lovely texture; very smooth; killer stuff; 50th BW rating in a row MF’ers!! hahaha Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Pours amber with copper edges and thin tan head. The aroma has loads of musty dark fruitiness along with sweet malts, prunes, dates and plums. The taste is rich and nearly creamy with thick rich smooth cherries and malts mixing with prunes, dates and another bowl full of ripe cherries. This brew is smooth rich and pure yum. It gets a touch hot here and there but wow, yummy stuff. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a deep, dark murky amber with beige head. Aroma is very malty with notes of brown sugar and honey. Flavor is very much the same with notes of licorice, some spiciness and dark fruit. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, very tasty!