SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle, thanks to bu11zeye.
Pours a dark brown, almost black with tan head, minimal retention. Aroma is dominate grape. Flavor is citris, grape, faint hints of wood. Mouthfeel is low carb. with full body....this is like a "Beer Wine"....not bad at all. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours a dark plum/chestnut brown color with a thin beige foam head that had good retention, slowly fading to a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing.
Earthy aroma with lots of oak/wood character as well as plenty of vinous dark fruit, candy sugar and chocolate malt. Hints of grape and other dark berries.
Medium bodied and very well balanced with the dark malt flavor countering the sweet and tart notes. Complex with chocolate malt, vinous dark, oak and vanilla flavors complimenting each other nicely. Hints of grape, currant and other dark berries. A touch too vinous but overall this beer is very flavorful and extremely quaffable.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
Very dark brown - nearing black - in colour with a thin but lingering tan head, light lacing. The aroma has some oak, alcohol, lots of dark fruits - black cherries, plums, figs, white sugar. The flavour is very fruity, red grapes, woody, light alcohol, some earth, cherries. Dirty almost gritty mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, fruity and sweet.DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
A very fruity Barley Wine as I didn’t get much hop bite from this. I’m sure the barrel had something to do with this. Pretty good.
375ml bottle obtained in a trade with TheCheeseMan, thanks Dan.
Opened on November 7, 2008.
Cloudy muddy brown color with a congregation of large bubbles. Vinous nose of red wine, tobacco, wood, and earth. nice sour woody vinous flavors painted across a malty canvass...nice tart wood notes increase the overall earthiness of the experience. I like the rustic nature of this beer, that’s what it’s all about. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2010
No head on the dark brown body. Nearly all carbonation has faded from this over 14 month old bottle. The vinous character from the wine barrels is the only thing I can detect on the aroma. The body is slightly tart, with a faint hop and malt character, but mostly wine. I think I get a faint amount of carob on the finish. Very good for a barleywine, but a shadow of the the last bottle of Bran Reserva I tried and now wish I’d rated instead.
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. savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle thanks to Shig. Murky dark brown with a spotty head. Aroma is heavy red wine and oak mostly with some alcohol and dark fruit and lightly musty. Flavor is tanic oak, raisin, red wine and some tartness. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very interesting beer, very wine like all around. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle, shared w. Tim & Jacob. Thanks Jacob! Very dark brown, almost purple head. Nose is balsamic, meaty malts, bright pit fruits. Flavor is oakey, rich malt, some acidity & wine-ness. Fruity twang towards the end w. earthy malt. Very nice! badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Bottle. Black pour with small off-white head. Aroma of blackberry, oak tannins, sour funk, and yeast. Flavor of black cherry pits, caramel, roasted nuts, and oak. Some citrus as well. More of a sour than a barleywine, though the flavor doesn’t quite match or live up to what is expected by its nose That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Nice nose, kinda. Smells like a stouty sour, not the other way around. Flavor leaves much to be desired. Very bready flavor, which is so far from a barley wine it’s not even funny. And the guy who rated before me sucks.