hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bottle... Pours dark and sits black with a minimal, creamy, khaki head. Small, swirling, creamy retention. The aroma is sweet, fruity, malty and acidic with mixed notes of chocolate, black cherries, blackberries, red wine and wood. Medium to full-bodied with soft carbonation. Leans on the bitter side of balance. Vinous and fruity with dabs of chocolate and acidity. Minerally, lightly acidic and gently bitter finish. A strange, but interesting brew... a joy to drink. Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2008
Chocolate brown pour tinted with red and skinned with a thin rim of nougat hued tan. Aroma is mostly a soft, lightly oxidized red wine; one full of nuance and revealing its many layers as it dies. First wash is all sweetness; cinnamon, maple, baked pear, and brown sugar. Soft black cherry and blackberry tartness in the middle. Soil and wet wood; vanilla, caramel, alcohol, bit of funk. Flavor is full of this awesome, deep maltiness and juicy tart fruit character, but it always lays back a little bit quietly and cautiously; the wine barrel is quite prominent and tends to offer mostly moldy and damp notes of earth, oak, bittersweet chocolate, raisin and mineral water. Flavors of overripe raspberry, pistachio and red grape; mid palate is very pasty and earthy with dry hints of brazil and pecan nuts that come and go. Syrupy, oily sweetness throughout, though with a consistently watery texture in the mouth; very low carbonation and seeming a bit lifeless at times. Swelling finish of warm pomegranate tartness, caramel, and heat. Really a unique, savory offering here; it could be truly memorable with a bit more punch and vibrancy and lot more malty texture. As is, it presents itself as a kind of high gravity sour brown. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(375ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with mahogany edges and spare beige head. Aroma of oak, cherry, vinous, barnyard, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of subtle sourness, oak, roasted malt, vinous, berries, and some chocolate with a dry finish. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2008
RBSG ’08: Poured a dark brown color that looked like a glass of cola. Beige head. Tart fruity cherry aroma aand flavor with a mix of spices thrown in. The body was lighter than I expected. IMtheOptimator (1167) - 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.
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. 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.Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
A very fruity Barley Wine as I didnít get much hop bite from this. Iím 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.
Dark brown. Vinous, chocolatey, barrelly with rich deep fruit notes - a very complex nose. Fruity front, almost juicy with some tartness. Light chocolate on the palate as well, maybe a hint of barrel. The palate is probably not as full and realized as the aroma, the body maybe a shade thin. OmegaX (1374) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2011
100th Rating!! Bottle share. Tulip glass. The pour produced a thick, dark brown colored brew with nice lacing that lasted forever. One whiff detected funky/sour notes and a pungent malty and fruity flavor to go with them. Smelled like a sweet red wine in a way. Sour and malty flavors were right in line with the smell. Plums and raisins came forth as well. Semi-dry. Slight hint of alcohol but it was well hidden for the ABV. Quite different for a barley wine, or rather from what Iíve experienced. A sipper for sure. Also, the bottle had high amounts of thick, viscous sediment on the bottle neck/cap. 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.