fletchfighters (1527) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
A-- Poured a dark but clear amber. Settled a near black color. Somewhat black and somewhat brown. No ruby with this, just an odd but neat sort of color. One finger light brownish yellow head that had somewhat of a glow to it. Very neat looking. Head fell to film and stuck at film through drinking, leaving a yellow brown film at the bottom of the glass.
S-- Whisky, oak, stewed plumbs, figs, old leather, tobacco, red wine. First time in a long time I thought I was smelling a wine. Excellent.
T-- Whisky, oak, dark fruits, (started to get apricots), leather, tobacco, and port. Whisky and oak drop off and leave a combo of the leather, tobacco, fruits and port. Flavors changed and came in waves.
M-- Thick and rich. Very chewy. Left tannins on my gums. Just warmth from the alcohol, it feels every bit the 13.4 % but hides it in the feel so very well. Well balanced and just plain decadent.
O-- Slow sipper. Glad I shared this as would struggle on a whole bottle of this. Can not think of a barleywine that comes close to this in the complexity and depth that this had. First beer I have had in a long time that afterwards I just have an instant longing to have again. Unreal
Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 Amazing barleywine, almost more like an Imperial Stout/barleywine hybrid. Deep ruby/brown, almost black color with a remarkably syrupy, mouth-coating body. Flavors of bourbon, brandy, roasted dark chocolate, cappucino, cherries, plums, orange peel, toasted coconut, leather, tobacco, and spices.
There’s definitely a good deal of heat, but this only adds more complexity, in a catalyst sort of way. Sucaba WAS my favorite barleywine, but this flavor//texture monster eclipses it.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle from The Beer Stein in Eugene from 2008. This barleywine poured used-dishwater brown, but it was one of the best tasting beers I’ve ever had. Almost a bubble-gummy, caramel type taste and very full as well. Just amazing complexity and extremely clean palate. Aged beautifully. Amazing beer! vvesside (256) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
2013 Bottle. Amazing beer! Caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, whiskey, oak, and a ton of other notes that subtly develop over every sip. Wow... fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2013 bomber poured into a snifter @ 50 degrees a almost black with a thin head that disappeared quickly.
Aroma is rich. Licorice, coffee, dark fruit some booze.
Flavor is a syrup thick with malts. Picking up some chocolate here & plenty of cherry prune with some bourbon. Noticed the lack of "in your face" booziness. A brewer that makes a high ABV without immediate slap it in your face has my respect.
On the palate is pretty much perfect for an English style. Sweet, subtle & so good.
Definitely in my top 5 of barleywine which include Sucaba & Abacabus.
vferg (17) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2008
The flavors that come out of this barley wine are like no other. This has got to be one of the most enjoyable barley wines I have had to date. waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2010
22 oz 2010 bottle. Nov 01 2010.
Poured deep brown with a ruby red hint and a very thin tan head around the glass. The nose is sherry, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, alcohol, peach, brown sugar, and slight cherry. Taste is malt forward; caramel, brown sugar, toffee, slight hops (earthy), vanilla, bourbon, slight peach, slight cherry, sherry, oak, alcohol, and slight caramel malt. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and syrupy. Amazing barleywine. This is better than Lavagulin JA Lees and Flyers Cab Ride...absolutely amazing! Glad I have another! Only 10 cases came to WA and I got 2 bottles! BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
A 1998 bottle poured by a friend who worked at the brewery at the time. Holy crap! Port, oak, raisin, dark fruit, alcohol, caramel...so much going on in the smell! I must have sniffed this for 2 minutes before even tasting it. The taste was even better. The sweet, raisin and fruity notes shine through with the port and oak and a nice medium bitter finish. This was simply the best beer I’ve had to date, period! CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bomber. Pours a deep dark amber and brown color with beige head. The aroma is potently sweet and slightly woody with notes of caramel malt, candied dates, vanilla and oak. The flavor starts aggressively malty with lots of caramel, toffee, raisins and candied pecans along with a little bit of vanilla and bourbon toward the end. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with soft carbonation and finishes with more malt and a mild oaky alcohol aftertaste. The overall flavor has a wonderful balance between the caramel malt and oak barrel characteristics. This is pure malt nectar at its finest. DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Botte from the Bier Stein in Eugene, OR. Shared this bottle with Timfoolery and it was Awesome!! One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Poured a brown color. Flavor was so complex, with a hint of bubble gum, carmel and too many others to describe. I need to have this beer again.