bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber beer with a tan head. Caramel and red wine aroma with oak and vanilla. Caramel and light toffee flavor with oak, earth, and vanilla. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and light fruitiness lingers with oak and earthiness. JanLaursen (3226) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 3, 2012
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Hazy orange-reddish with virtually no head. Aroma is intensely woody, slightly tart, quite sugarcoated malty, with notes of caramel, toabacco, red wine barrels and hops. Flavor is rich and sweet, medium bitter with strong notes of oaky barrels, toabacco and wine grapes. Long lasting finish with quite an alcoholic touch. Complex, dificult to describe. conway (2210) - - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours red/amber with a big fluffy white head, a little sediment throughout. Nose is wood, cranberry and red whine. Light notes of caramel and vanilla. Taste is red wine barrel up front. Some boozy vanilla, almost bourbon like notes. Red wine in the finish. Palate is full and soft. Lots of booze and heat. Nice beer but not as good as the base beer. Also wish the red wine differentiated itself a bit more.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2013
375ml Bottle. The pour was a murky brownish purple with an average (1-2 finger) khaki colored frothy head that diminished slowly, down to a thick film and large collar with excellent sheets of lacing.
MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2013
The aroma was big and strong of a dark bread malt and a sweet yeast with notes of caramel, red wine, dark fruit (grapes, plums and prunes), candi sugar, a hint of oak and a decent alcohol tinge.
The taste was heavily malty sweet with a bold vinous presence from the start, progressing with a bold bitterness, a bit of dark fruit and a large alcohol taste with the end having a slightly fruity mildly woody taste. Flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a sweet fruity alcohol warming sensation being the last thing lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat prickly carbonation.
Overall this is a very unique tasting Barleywine (in a good way). It possesses a ton of fruity flavor that only complimented the vast other flavors offered in this brew, which together did a stupendous job of slightly mellowing the extremely high ABV... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
2011 vintage - Murky off brown red pour with a thick light tan head. The slightly earthy red wine and oak come through right away followed by rich syrups light roast malt a hint of alcohol and just enough citrus to let you know there’s hops in there. Average mouth feel for a BW some light creaminess. Thinner than I might have expected. Flavor is well balanced a syrupy molasses like sweetness offset with a hint of toffee and a more English hop styling followed by a dry oaky flavor finishes with the reminents of a dry red wine married together well. Alcohol is noticeable but not problematic. Very well balanced. Good stuff.
pilsnerrogge (3024) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2013
Bottled:Marheb (6334) - MontrÃ©al, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
Pours a red amber colour with a large, lacing head. Malty fudge aroma with notes of dried fruit, wood and marzipan. Flavour is fudge, red berries, red wine and wood. Bitter finish. Well balanced and warming.
Sirupeux avec un caractère vineux assez discret, même les tanins se fondent harmonieusement, peut-être trop, j’aurais aimé vivre le vin à travers la bière. Les sucres sont modérés entre cassonade, purée de dattes et caramel. Agréable dégustation. Ktwse (5676) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Pours murky brown with tall yellow tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, light madeira or port barrel. Taste is big, boozy sweet with light resin bitter kick before a long sweet finish. Very warming. Body is rich and creamy smooth with soft carbonation. ej (1330) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2015
bottle 2012 shared with BBGTC. Pours a deep orange / amber color with a tan, creamy looking head. Malty caramelly aroma and hints of alcohol. Some notes of oxidation and corn. Taste is woody and malty. Hints of leather and grapes. Oxidized notes as well. Full bodied, soft co2 and a slick mouthfeel. Warming finish. mverity (362) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
I didn’t take notes besides the numbers on this beer. I remember being impressed with the red wine being able to shine through the bold barley wine complexity without overpowering.