McNeillR (2336) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Hazy burnt golden and thin white ringed head. Nose is peppery buttery and lean sweetness despite being a firm burnt brown sugar. Initial taste is bright lemon and light boozy, frothy cheesecake. Carbonation is soft and little oily on the mouthfeel. Finishes clean soft sweetness and a bit of a medicinal kick in the linger. BenH (3424) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle, Garvie Borefts Haul, 1st Annual Edinburgh Christmas Tasting
Bottle thanks to sir Tadalot. Pours a glowing amber with little white head. Aroma of vanilla, dried fruit, sherry. Taste is similar, oak, sherry, dried fruit. Sweet and bitter GlasgowTAD (2008) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Pours a light brown with an offwhite head. Aroma is earthy, toffee, vanilla. Taste is caramel, toffee, vanilla and slight oak. Slight heat. Thanks to Owen! cgarvieuk (26623) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
bottle at home ... christmas 2015 tasting .. golden amber .. thin white lacing ... soft sweet toffee fruit nose ...soft swet tofee fruits ... soft malts .. sweet fruits ... juicy fruits .. big sweet fruits soft toffee fruits ... soft sweet fruit ... allmyvinyl (11328) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle at the 1st Annual Christmas at The Garvie?s tasting 2015. Cheers Tad! Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of light caramel, heavy whisky, vanilla. Taste is boozy, light sweet toffee finish.
Stuu666 (15537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours deep orange, nose is floral, toffee, caramel, light oak, taste is toffee, vanilla, sweet caramel. fletchfighters (1623) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2015
750 ml waxed bottle
Clear Amber color. Bright white head, falls to a thick collar. Nice soapy lacing. Nose is vanilla, honeycomb, candied coconut, caramel, and light fruits. Some barrel notes but has a better nose when you take the oak out of the equation.
Taste is vanilla, caramel, oak, coconut, light stone fruits and grain. Slick and sweet taste and feel.
As a base beer not as good as Murray’s 1-4. Not as bold as the epic US or UK barleywine’s. Lacks the balls that a MOAS, BA Numbskull or Arctic Devil has. Not worth the cost or effort to get hawthorne00 (4243) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle (Slowbeer). Stupidly expensive, bought because when Hightail appeared it was a green shoot after a savage frost and I’m still grateful. Goodwill is almost exhausted by all that fucking wax. Amber with a modest cream head that lasts indefinitely. Aroma of vanilla caramels, light spices, whisky. It’s like the whisky is a trailing afterthought that turns to reverie. Sweet lightish toffee, butterscotch, some dried fruit - golden raisins, those little wizened wild figs - vanilla, orange peel, very mild spices. A little warm waft of whisky and bitterness at the end. Ignore all that fruit complexity stuff, it really comes across as very straightforward: just a strong pale ale with some meshing whisky overtones. Nonchalant? stoutnick (843) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2015 Medium light brown caramel pour. Aroma is caramel, mild whiskey. Taste - caramel toffee, lovely sweetness. Very drinkable! Great drinker and definitely one of the best barley wines from Oz. Rosslew (320) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2015
Make sure this is out of fridge for 20mins and then decanted in first tasting glass for another 10. Magnificent dried fruit and spice on sniff. Also that whiskey scent. Sugary on sip with a hint of bitterness at end. Top shelf.
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