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. Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2015
Two year old bottle at Kulminator. Moussy, lacing, pale greyish white head, stable, residing over a hazy coppery amber beer with brownish hue, darker than the regular version. Strong and pleasant aroma, oxidized malts but not overpowering the other odours of cranberry, sherry, red wine, wet wood, honey, caramel, vanilla-like tannins, chocolate sauce, marmelade, venison, white pepper. Candied cherry sweetness in onset, figs, light cranberry tartness, soft carbo, honeyish, big caramelly malt sweetness, vinous and oily mouthfeel, drying finish with wood drought and tannins (very strong), warming whisky-like alcohol, soft hop bitterishness deep down, and an unmistakable red wine flavour afterwards. The tart, drying effect of the red wine barrels has brought considerable balance to an otherwise perhaps overly sweet barley wine. zebra (2384) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2011
not as amazing as the bourbon edition, which i had first. i wonder which red wine it was. what grape goes well with barley? i guess i could try it at home, various beer + wine combos. thornecb (6151) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Pours a hazy ruby into a snifter. White head with little retention leaves pot lacing as it recedes to hug rim. Dark, dusty oak and pit fruit aromas. Sweet port and hot oak from front to back. Dry, sweet oak finish. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a hazed orange body with an off-white head that fades. Aromas are vinous, red wine, boozy, caramel, sugary. Really sweet overall. Flavors are sweet, boozy, oak, tannic, red wine and a bit jammy. Medium bubbles and warming. Dry with a tannic edge.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 6, 2012
37,5 cl bottle from ØlKonsortiet. Pours deep ruby red with a nice off white head. Aroma is very spicy and very dominated by the barrel treatment - I'm thinking a spicy Temperanillo. Unripe red grapes, oak, sour red currants, raspberries. The classic barley wine characteristics if caramel and dark fruits are completely absent and have been replaced by a wealth og ripe red fruits and berries. A brief hoppiness when it's swirled. The taste is quite perplexing. The barrel is also the main attraction here, and it seems that it as brought some brettanomyces into the beer. A bit funky and then just full of unripe red grapes, red berries and then an astringent side to it, spicy and red wine-ish. This tastes more like a strong Belgium brett infused ale with raspberries aged on spanish wone barrels than a barley wine. But I quite like it. Very unique and interesting. chrisv10 (18706) - DENMARK - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle, 12%. Unclear amber/copper with small tan head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caarmel, wine and dark fruits. Flavour is malt, sweet, caramel, toffee, little wine, little rip fruit, little bitter and a little vanilla. 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. ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2012 JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Location: Draft at Mission Dolores, 9/8/12
Aroma: Nose has strong booze and malt notes with some grape
Appearance: Pours a clearish dark caramel-orange color with a small beige head
Flavor: The taste has some sweet malts, some boozy flavors, light oak, and lightly tart
Palate: The body is fairly full and fairly hot, it has a soft carbonation, and a slightly hotter finish
This one is really interesting and really boozy. Definitely a sipper. I’m glad I tried it. I can’t imagine drinking much more then a small glass of this one.
On draft at Craft Beer Co. Sweet Christmas, this is a big beer. Pretty compelling appearance, a slightly sludgy reddish brown that almost looks like a really, really old wine (were it not for the carbonation). Fitting I guess. Nose was quite nice too, with some rich BW properties (though a bit of a boozy smack) complemented by a nice full tannic nose. Mouthfeel a bit too hot for me, but what are you gonna do at 12%? Flavors were good, with tons of wood and malt balanced well to avoid overpowering caramelly sweetness, and a nice strong red wine component that makes the base more fruity even as it adds a gentle tart note. Impressive beer.