Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Courtesy of Pailhead. Dark brown mahogany with light beige head. Super sweet aroma. Full of caramel, mollasses, toffee, butter like bourbon character. Flavor much the same, huge sweet malt through and through, with even bigger bourbon kick through the middle and finish. Warming affect in finish. Great mouthfeel considering the huge malt bill, would expect more syrup like body. Well done, wold score even higher without the huge bourbon and alcohol kick towrds the finish. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Gently lacing fading beige head covers the dark brown body. Exquisitely toasted maltiness reaches the nose and penetrated the mind with maple richness and pancakes succulence. Rich, but not too aggressive. It is immensely sweet, but kinda fitting. The bourbon oakiness mostly appears in mouth, otherwise the beer is an opus to malt. Considerable grape character evolves on the palate toward blackberries, while vanilla laden minty flavours corroborate the initial brown chocolate sweet barrel aspirations. Grenadine syrup eventually joins the race to caramilk land. Building layers of fun to decorticate malt elements that ensures its legend to stay well alive among beer geeks. Thick bodied, low carbonation, decadent, if not quite my style. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
That’s quite a story on the bottle. Generously shared by Blankboy with Hogtown Harry and myself. Pitch black, small tight beige head, looks fantastic. Slightly sour, roast aroma - an interesting combo that works - tons of roast, malt, and chocolate. Wow, what a silky mouthfeel - this is as good as a beer can "feel" in your mouth. Where to start with flavour? Sour tart fruit, tons of chocolate, icing sugar, leather, oil, alcohol, vanilla, and lots of bourbon that never dominates. One of the most stunning beers I have ever had. So balanced, alcohol kept in check. Complex! Drinkable! Thanks for sharing Paul! goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Poured a very dark clear ruby color with a small light tan head. Tan legs. Mlaty aroma of sweet dark fruit, raisins and woody. Like a red wine. Moderately sweet malty flavor with more dark fruits. Light bitter finish with tannin notes. Semi-dry. Full bodied. Yummy and goes down nicely. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of biz82. Pours a dark ruby-brown with an average size diminishing creamy off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel malt, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, mild hops and so much more, man there’s a lot going on here! The flavour is even better then the aroma and it friggin’ blew me away! Bourbon, chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit, hops, vanilla and on and on -- WOW -- there’s just so much going on and it’s so complex. Not much sign of that 11.6% alcohol. Medium to full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. This is simply a spectacular Barley Wine and I’m thrilled that I got to try it, thanks to biz82.
HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 <b>Bottle (650ml)</b>. <i>Shared with blankboy and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle</i>. Looks like an impy stout - opaque brown-black with a good-sized light brown foamy-creamy lasting head. Roast malt aroma, molasses, burnt brown sugar, some mild hops, sneaky alcohol, your dad’s leather armchair, vanilla, hints of dark fruit ... nice. Taste ... holy Jesus; sour cherry, molasses, alcohol, bourbon, hops, yeast, leather, other fruits, french vanilla ice cream - smooth, balanced, aggressive, in-your-face and sophisticated; unlike anything I’ve ever had. Mouthfeel thick, roasty, alcoholic, acidic, syrupy, thick - amazing ... more of an over-amped impy stout with more fruit - long finish, lovely aftertaste. THANK YOU to blankboy for sharing. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2006
thanks to silphium for sharing this gem...black appearance with no head...quite possibly the darkest pour i have ever seen...aroma is huge in roasted malts and molasses...flavor is huge in sugary malts, molasses, candied sugars, mocha, and has some sort of a milk stout backbone....perfect creamy palate....an interesting barley wine that seems more like a milk stout Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Many thanks to DarkElf for this bottle. Deep brown body with red highlights, medium ochre head. Aroma of prune, caramel, and toast, with chocolate and a heavy dose of toffee. Sweet toffee and breads dominate the flavor in addition to caramel and red grape. Tannic. A touch of bitterness around the edges. Good complexity, but a little sweet, reminding me a bit of Pannepot. Medium-full bodied, heavy. Long, sweet finish. shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2011 Dark dark brown color with swirls of cream laced across the top of the beer. Aroma is beautifully rich and malty, chocolate and fruit, candy and alcohol. The body is spectacular, smooth, sticky and coating. This is just an exciting beer. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle provided via trade from Walt (THANKS!) and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a fading tan head but outstanding oily legs. The aroma of marzipan, old rye bread, brown sugar, molasses, fig, vanilla bean, walnut, port-like vinous esters, non-aromatic English pipe tobacco and one big musty cellar.
The taste is pure dark sugar at first with a heavy handed over ripened fruit complement. Some undertones of white pepper, clove, star anise, bourbon, vanilla, and french oak awakens the palate. A very rich layer of caramel and rye constantly cover the tongue. The finish is a liquorice and anise smack down with a little help of vinous luxurious snap. The mouth feel is oily and heavy through out but there is enough warmth and spice bite to keep it from becoming overblown and cloy.
Unique for sure, a hybrid of Belguim Strong and Stout mixed with a barley wine base. YUMMY!