argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2010
375ml bottle. Minimal off-white head atop murky amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, grapefruit, caramel, alcohol. Taste is sweet, Brandy/booze, caramel, pine, alcohol burn. Sticky full body. I found this too far over the top. mjs (7470) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2010
(Draught - 2008 Vintage - at Mikkeller Bar) Poured dark reddish brown and cloudy. Head was medium sized and white. Aroma contained raisin, malts and mildly molasses. Palate was full bodied, warming and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, raisin, molasses, dried plum and bitterness. Aftertaste was raisiny and mildly bitter. The strength was quite well hidden. anders37 (26726) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy spicy aroma. Sweetish fruity malty spicy hoppy flavor with some alcoholic hints and weak hints of apple. Has a sweetish fruity spicy finish. BillKismet (4075) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Cloudy tanned-orange, super viscous. Near overpowering pear brandy nose, cleanses the brachioles. Exceptionally fruity, sharp esters and ethyls swirly tightly. Bready and fruity body, again with lots of esters and some alcohol heat. Aside from perhaps being excessively potent for my tastes, I can see this skull-splitter as just the tonic for for a cold, windy night, curled up by the firey hearth. Thanks for sharing, Scrizz! scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2010
thanks secret santa! shared with 6 others. Honey huckleberry aroma, little hot, more stemmy blackberries when it opened up. dark sandy tan, whispy white head. boozy sweet and dense. dense honey, chewy and divine. slick, incredibly smooth and rich as caramel.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Pours an opaque caramel brown with a surprisingly big beige head that recedes slowly, leaving streaks of lacing and legs after each swirl.
The aroma has more hops than I was expecting with a biting citrus zing and plenty of underlying caramel malts and the alcohol, though it’s less obtrusive than some of the big Mikkeller brews. Maybe even some caramelized apples as well.
The taste is hefty with more alcohol burn than the aroma suggests. The citrus hops are there but give way to the massive sugary sweetness of the malt backbone. The finish has a serious alcohol burn and a scathing bitterness, both of which limit the drinkability.
The mouthfeel is sticky and thick, almost syrupy but with a ton of alcohol.
This is a massively sweet and boozy barleywine that is definitely not the most drinkable I’ve had in the style. Abrasive but tasty stuff. Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Another fine brew provided by Blazer06, thanks again Zack. Pours clear copper with off white head. The aroma is sweet with apples, plums, figs, a sliver of caramel, sweet malts and some mild heat at the end of the draw. The taste is just as sweet and smooth as the nose suggested with slick caramel moving into rich fruitiness from plums, perfectly ripe red apples, figs, apricots and sugar coated pear wedges. It stays smooth, sweet, fruity and yummy defying the massive ABV. Wow! Sledutah (7725) - Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle picked up from City Beer in SF douglas88 (9422) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Appearance: Pours hazy dark amber with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Grassy hops and sweet malts
Taste: Caramel, sweet malts and brown sugar
Very nice, and drinkable. It goes down smooth, doesn’t taste like 17.6% ABV
Bottle shared by Craig, thanks man. I was totally expecting something different. Pours a deep brown color with a medium white head. A very sweet hoppy nose, like hop extract. A super sweet flavor of hops and sugary sweet hop-like flavors. A very sweet hoppy barley wine. It was surprising in that it was quite drinkable, hot and sweet but still drinkable. MiP (15920) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2010
Draught at KØ10. Mild caramelly aroma. Cloudy amber colour. Small white head. Burning alcohol. Too sweet.