ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a creamy, wispy, off-white head.
Smell: Dark, roasty malts smelling of dark chocolate, barley, and caramel transition into a more wine-like aroma of slightly tart, concentrated fruits and oak.
Taste: Dark maltiness with tastes of chocolate, roasted barley, sweet caramel, and half-n-half soaked licorice. Enter the creaking wood. Pinch of tobacco. Vinous, tart fruitiness with flavors of grapes and dried black cherries. Hint of vanilla. More oak showing through, becoming quite plentiful. Touch of lactic sourness on the otherwise fruity, oaken finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s interesting; some beers grow on you the more you drink, but with this brew, it’s just the opposite. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Pours deep dark brown with thin brown head. The aroma has a full wood note with a hint of booze and then some red wine like fruitiness creating a dry tannin sensation. Behind that are notes of dark fruity esters and a bit of malt roast. The taste feels thin to start bringing in dark fruits mixed with red wine and some wood. Nearing midway roasted malts mix with dry red wine tannins drying it out some into the finish. Very good stuff. A full flavored session barleywine. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2009
courtesy of ibrew2or3.
Pours clear brown with brown head.
Aroma is yeasty with very light notes of chestnut.
Taste of light roasted coffee, light tartness and nutty. Notes of chocolate and faint wood presence with fruity mouthfeel.
Another great beer out of Italy. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a dark brown cola color with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of bourbon, candy sugar, sweet cherries, and hints of wood. Flavor is malty and sweet as well with notes of raisins, dark ripe fruit, some hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Generally syrupy and full-bodied mouthfeel with a pleasing phenol note on finish afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy amber with no head. Aroma is vinous with notes of oak and a hint of vinegar. Taste is coffee, chocolate, oak, and a slight nuttiness in the finish. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2008
Barley wine tasting. odd one. brownish color good head, nose is sour kinda cherry or uhhm almost some lambic notes on nose. malty flavor and too sweet, maybe another one with some age would be better. matrixmorb (6) - , ITALY - DEC 3, 2008 does not count
Very dark beer,. Aroma shows chocolate and malt.The taste is a bit fruty and very complex A very great beer
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Obtained in one of the Perfect 10 Trades. Walnut colored flat looking brew. Vinous aroma. Strongly so. Vinous taste with a bit of wood. Lightly tart, and sour with some fruity notes to it. At first I did not like it. However it started to grow on me and I finished the bottle. It’s certainly a thin brew and it has wine all through it. The result is somewhat of a clash but ultimately it is one that you can drink if you are in the mood for something outside of the ordinary. Sammy (12197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Thanks Jon for bringing. Brown with white bubbles in the head; lacey. Sourish from the cherry which is a bit of acid requiring food, under average mouthfeel. Malty including chocolate malt. Kind of sweetish. It said barleywine, but this category is the suitable one. Pricey for a just OK Belgian.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Bottle from dchmela. Thanks, Dave! Deep dark brown pour pour, letting no light through; reddish in the right light. Minimal tan head. As soon as I started pouring, I thought about wine. Woody aromas of red wine, cherries, sourness,and complex malts... my mind vacillates between thinking sour ale and Baltic porter. Notes of licorice and molasses as well as port, raisins, wood, wine, and chocolate. Surprisingly thin, drinkable palate and a bit tingly, which again reminds me of a strange marriage between a Baltic porter and a sour ale... this is certainly a unique beer, and unlike any other barley wine I’ve had. All I know is that I want more.