MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2010
[Bottle] shared by guerde. Pours a clear, burnt caramel with almost no head. Aroma has lots of red wine barrel character, which I am really thrilled about, plenty of tannin, caramel, cherry, and alcohol. The barrel doesn’t completely cover up the base beer, which is nice. Flavor is a bit thin and nearly flat, there is a nice sharp tartness in there, caramel, and cherry. SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Deep red brown pour with minimal head. Aroma of sour fruit, malt and chocolate. Flavor is slightly sour, with a lot of fruity and vinous notes, wood and malt. A unique, but nice BW. Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 Bottle share ----> OmegaX. A very stout-like pour into a tulip glass. The head was creamy and tan, providing smooth lacing. The aromas were thick, spicy and zesty. Smelled like barley, malts, apples and spices. The flavor was tangy, dry and again, of sour fruits with a touch of pomegranate. This beer was very complex and strong in it’s mature flavors. DEFINITELY meant to be savored. hopscotch (11305) - 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 (1799) - 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 (13239) - 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 (4319) - 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 (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. 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.
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.