michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
375ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, oak, tannins, slight acid, slight chocolate, and a hint of dark ripe fruit. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, brown/beige had that disappeared except for around the edges. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, grapes, oak, wine, dark fruit, light acid, and some chocolate. Medium body. Thin, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, vinous, grape, malt, wood, finish is dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. mcberko (18424) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
2009 vintage. 375mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours a deep dark mahogany / dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very dry, oaky and vinous, with dry wood and grapes. Flavour is similar, with dominating dry vinous and oaky notes – I get mostly wine and wood here. Quite complex. Drinkable in small amounts, as the intense wine and oak become slightly overbearing after a while. This has held up exceptionally well over the past 5 years. Nice stuff. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(375ml bottle) Blood red body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, oak, vinous, some chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, grape/vinous, some cherry, alcohol. Medium body, minimal carbonation. nearbeer (5520) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2008
375 ml. Nearly opaque brown-black with a half-finger head that settles to a fine web of lace. Dry yeast, sour cherry, and light wine aroma. Flavor is dominated by the same, with some light oak, coffee, caramel, and chocolate notes trying to peek through. Lingering aftertaste that allows the malt flavors in is the best part. Medium body is smooth, watery, acidic-tingly, and finishes dry. Interesting and good, not great. Much better options out there for the price of this winey beer. 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.
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 bp (930) - 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? Beerdedone (3432) - 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 ChainGangGuy (4908) - 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. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2009
12.7 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smattering of bubbles. Nose is mild vinegar, oak and red wine. Medium light almost still. Taste is watery wine, cherry and caramel. Bland for a barleywine but very smooth.