durhambeer (2585) - 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. Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a two finger light tan head. Aroma of light fruit, red wine, caramel, molasses and wood. Flavor is smooth and complex with vinous grapes, oak, caramel, raisins, red wine and a touch of chocolate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation decent barley wine bp (924) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Bottle: pours a deep dark red - reminds a bit of red wine but cloudy, I can smell the red wine aroma from a few feet away, also a sweet aroma hidden under the wine aroma, taste is sour, the wine from the barrel aging is quite present as well in fact it mostly overpowers anything else this beer has to offer. Very interesting stuff, certainly drinkable...I wonder what a wine lover would think of this one? maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Slightly hazy brown body with a thin off-white head. Tart fruit and caramel aroma. Tart fruit, caramel and cherry flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7
Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Dark brown body wtih a small frothy light brown head. Big spice and molassas aroma with some rasins. Dark rum soaked fruit, some caramel, molassas and yeast. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6
Bottle at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Cloudy dark brown body with a small white head. Big caramel and molassa aroma. Slightly sour caramel and molassas flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/6/3/13 - 3.3 crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours a deep dark reddish brown. Small head. Looks kind of like wine, definitely smells like wine. Flavor is similar to purple drank. Plums, cherry, wood, chemicals. Mouthfeel = wine. Pretty good, but kind of bizarre.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours a dark hue with a minimal white head. Aroma is quite nice with hints of oak, cherry, and some sour notes. Flavor is a bit dead though. It’s sweet and tart and doesn’t resemble a barley wine at all, probably due to the wine barrels. It seems very confused as to what it is, a sour or barley wine, and I think it just hurts it in the long run. Finishes with thin carbonated body. Seems like it had the possibility to be a really good sour though. ketchepillar (1208) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Very very wine-like. Oaky, currants, tart, some chocolate. This beer is a mess and not really a beer. Like cranberry and cherry juice. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Poured a deep mahogany with a very small off-white head. Somewhat faint aroma of oak, chocolate, and some acidic grape fruitiness. Flavor follows and is surprisingly tart with some notes of oak and current, with a touch of cherry and grape. Lightly carbonated body. Unusual, though I expected as much from the Italians, and though wasn’t bad, I’m not dissuaded from enjoying more traditional barley wines more. JorisPPattyn (10118) - BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2008
Black beer, with greige head. Coffee, oak, wood lactic, fruit, vinous and milk chocolate. Beautiful flavour, with all the former aromas repeated in the taste. Very mild lactic acid. Well oily, full bodied, alcohol warming. Beautiful, refined product. Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a dark brown/black coffee color with no head. This has an incredibly effervescent aroma of fruits, caramel, and old room. Flavors are sour and chocolatey, yet robust with caramel and oak wood. Very wine-like with notes of pinot noir, cranberry, blueberry, and pomegranate. Medium/low carbonation and full body. Very complex and nicely balanced carbonation with the body. Alcohol content is hidden well. An excellent brew.