williamblake (5) - - DEC 13, 2013 does not count
Bottle Pours a thick amber colour, with some, if little head. The smell is immediately very sweet, caramel orientated with other sweet flavours in there. You can get a whiff of the wine if you smell again, but the locus of the wine becomes easier after your first sip. The hops are definitely overridden by the malt in this one, a great, sweet barley wine, which did go down very auspiciously with brie and fig jam, and which I would describe as a dessert beer. The taste enters very sweetly into the palate, a kind of visceral effect of eating sticky date pudding eventuates, but this becomes quite ostensibly overridden by the liquid taste of sweet, delicious beer, red wine, shiraz?, pinot?, caramel, hops and honey. The concatenation of the ingredients presides over just over 14% alcohol. Take your time on this one and you will enjoy it. The alcoholic content is delightful. Niksko (624) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2014
Pours a cloudy, muddy orange/brown with just a little off white head. Nose is honey, brandy, toffee, sweet wine, cinnamon, slightly fruity. Flavor is very sweet and honeyed, lots of spicy clove and cinnamon, some vanilla, wine notes, very smooth, honey finish. The fact that a beer this drinkable and delicious is 14.6% abv is astonishing. This is a monumental achievement, and I wish I had more bottles. fletchfighters (1531) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2013
330 ml bottle
Not real pretty. Orange amber color, very hazy looking. Off white head that falls to a collar.
Big juicy dark fruit nose. Strawberry jam, plumb, caramel, oak and wine. Barrel parts are quite soft but compliment well.
Taste is strawberry and plumb jam with caramel. Not a lot of the barrel but vinous. Does not need the barrel as quit good own it's own.
Big feel. Quite sticky. Low carbonation. Stupendous well hidden ABV. One of the best things to come out of Australia in several years
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Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a murky dark brown. No head and maybe 1mm lacing. Apricot and honeycomb nose, really sweet. Smells delicious. Flavour is a thick apricot drenched in honey and maple syrup. Lingering taste is very plum and vinous, tang and red wine-esque tongue coating. Wow, really surprised. Great beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Davros (3186) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2013
Pours murky brown with a small head.
Nose shows rich sweet syrupy malt with some soft oxidative notes, a little booze, gingerbread, spicy phenols and a red wine note. Lovely.
Sweet flavours. Oxidative notes, brown sugar, woody notes, soft tannins and a strong port character. Some booze but it’s reasonable well integrated.
Nice syrupy body and light carbonation.
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a disgusting, murky amber-orange with no head at all. Nose is very sweet and appealing. Smells like super sweet, fresh honeycomb - very sugary with light floral hops. Light tart comes through. Taste shows huge honey and honeycomb. Super sweet but not too cloying. Sticky which is very good. Finish is very plummy and cherry forward which must be the wine barrels shining through. Surprisingly comes together pretty well for such a complex beer. Depth is astounding. Palate is sticky sweet and the ABV doesn’t come through whatsoever. Drinks very well considering how fresh this beast it Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2013
Pours a very cloudy brown colour with a small white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruits, toastiness, raisins, honey, wine notes, oak, and all sorts of other goodies. Taste is high sweet leading to a sweet and alcoholic finish. Quite a heavy drinking beer but fantastic! Chrishrt30 (102) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2013
I may have poured this one badly...looks like muddy water with no head.
The aroma is a knock out, like a warm honey liquor. Strong cinnamon, milk chocolate and spices are detectable, but the alcohol is definately there, this beer scares me.
The flavour is, damn good, not what I expected. First up you get a fantastic malt, brown sugar and warm honey. Then the tartness and what can only be described red tannins come through, like a thick Pinot or cab sauv. An epic journey this beer, I've never really liked barley wines before, but this one definately had convinced me otherwise.
The finish is sweet and boozy, sipped like a nice port.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Leighton (21258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle shared for Josh’s farewell fiesta. Thanks to Josh himself for this one, pours hazy golden-brown with a frothy white head. Old wood on the nose, some dry toffee, aged fruits. Medium sweet flavor with rich malt character, more toffee, alcohol, honey, dates, figs. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with definite aged character, more toffee and honey, rich bread, dry wood. Lots of complexity here. Punchy and wonderful. Maris (1514) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2013
From a 330ml bottle on 1/6/2013. Pours a super murky brown with a small thin head. Has a powerful aroma of stewed fruit, plums, prunes, dates, raisins and more than a touch of booze. All of the aforementioned also feature in the flavour, along with a good dash of strawberry, some cherry, and a touch of honey. The palate is quite sticky and the carbonation low. There’s certainly a distinct vinous, alcoholic character to it, but it’s still quite easy to drink for a beer that’s 14.6%. A very interesting, rather impressive brew. Not really a typical barley wine - the closest reference point I can think of is Rochefort 10, but this is better.