badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy medium brown with a creamy tan head. Sweet caramel toffee apple red wine and oak aroma and taste. Thick sticky palate. Quite good. Swaroga (2224) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 5, 2012
375cl bottle. Hazy dark red liquid with medium red tanned head. Nose : intensive deep notes of alcohol, red wine, chocolate, wood barrels, wedding cake. Sip : medium density body with thick oily texture. Almost no carbonation. Sweet and warming with alcohol. It develops dryness like a port wine does. I’m surprised how the barrels go through this brew. They match well. It’s still easy to drink for a barley wine. It does look more like a beer when we see the perfect head. I enjoy it. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2012
At FWIBF. Pours a dark red with a tan head. Aroma is of oak, toffee, brown sugar, and caramel malts. Some vanilla and toffee and some red wine alchool notes. A nice barrel aged barley wine..
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2012
(375ml bottle) Pours a hazy orange body with a spare beige head. Aroma of vinous, pine, oak, vanilla, and alcohol. Flavor of orange, vinous, oak, dried fruit, and caramel with a dry finish. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany with caramel lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, red wine, dark fruits such as plums and raisins, and wood. Flavour the same including burnt brown sugar. Luxurious mouth feel. Lightly carbonated, full bodied, sweet but not cloying. Very nice indeed.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
Tap @ FWIBF. Pours a dark reddish color with a beige head. Aroma is of oak, red wine, red grapes and is very vinous, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and some slight alcohol. The flavor follows the nose and is again really vinous, I get the red grapes, red wine, oak, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, toffee and some alcohol. The body is full with an oily mouth feel. Overall a tasty and different BA Barley Wine. bleadof (35) - FINLAND - JUL 8, 2012
Honey, grapes, oak, toffee and liquor like sweetness on the nose. Caramel, syrup, toffee, kalakukko (herring baked in rye bread), calvados sweetness, date and sweet white whine on the taste. The sweetness goes a bit overboard probably due to high alcohol percentage, but still highly enjoyable. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of red wine and oak notes, as well as some toffee and brown sugar. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of molasses and fruity red wine notes, as well as some oak, maple, vanilla and the alcohol you would expect in a beer that clocks in at 12 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice barleywine. JorisPPattyn (10121) - BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2012
Mango to cream-yellow, very good head over very deep red-brown beer, lively carbonated with fine bubbling; Alcohol, fusels and C-hops, very fruity (citruspeel, kumquat, figs,...) Again alcohol very much in front; warmin, sweet-bitterish. Some dark chocolate too, and red, vinificating fruit; brown mushroom sauce. Quite well-carbonated, fully viscous and full bodied; Alcoholwarming. Aftertaste is definitely fusely-vinous, with incense aroma. Quite good BW, if severe. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Reddish pour at the FW fest. Off white head. Aroma is loaded with sticky malts, light tartness from the wine barrels, some boozey notes and a wisp of hops. Flavor is all over the place, in a good way! Red wine, booze, oak, caramel, toffee, sweet bready yeasty goodness.