Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pours a black color with off white head. Aroma is rich caramel, alcohol and toffee. Taste is has a spicy hoppiness to it with the usual barleywine suspects, caramel, alcohol and toffee. Slighty fruit and peppery. Finally, something decent from Nogne. Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pours a dark black with a thin white head and some spotty lacing. Aroma is alcohol, toffee, and caramel. Taste is about the same. A well-balanced BW. Nogne finally got something somewhat right. pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2-22-08 bottle shared with lb4lb and fly hiddenvariable (211) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Black pour with a nice creamy white head and super duper lacing. Smell is subtle but has a nice roasted malt aspect to it. Little to no alcohol in the smell and flavor. Flavor has a nice hoppy, malty, barley balance. Overall, another great beer from Nogne.
bottle. pours a deep dark reddish brown, with a huge, lasting tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. smells of burnt caramel and cocoa, as well as some roasted malts, plus a lot of citrusy hops and pearlike fruity esters. the malt tastes turn to bread and toffee, but still maintain a lightly roasted note. citrus and floral and earthy hops come out some in the taste, as does a hint of alcohol, which blends well into the overall effect. smooth, but pretty big, bitter finish that lasts a while, with a delicate light balance. medium body, coating mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. this is good stuff. the complexity of the malts prevents the hops from too important to the character of this beer, which i like a lot. the hops are nevertheless there in abundance, and the whole combination provides for a great drinking experience. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a nice sized beige head. Aroma of brown sugar and, wood, pine, and earth hops. I did not get a lot of the sweetness being talked about, as it was mostly pine, earth, and woody bitterness with a slight touch of brown sugar and toffee. Perhaps a touch of chocolate or roast too. Nice long dry finish. Alcohol was hard to find, perhaps slightly warming is all. Very good.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Hazy brown body with a small off-white head. The nose is brown sugar, raisins, toffee and figs. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter with toffee, plums, light molasses and pine. Full body is round and smooth with light carbonation and a warm finish. DietPepsican (1592) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Strong caramel and chocolate aroma. Flavor is caramel, toffee, dark fruit, chocolate. Bitter hoppy finish. Medium mouthfeel, slight hint of the ABV. Nice. Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Courtesy of artusoryfly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, muted citrus hops, and faint alcohol. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a somewhat soapy off-white head. The flavor starts with chocolate and toffee. The toffee really sweetens in the finish and long with some mild citrus hops and moderate alcohol. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Wow. What an incredibly interesting and unique barleywine. Would possibly enjoy a tad more malty sweetnes ... or not. I often complain about various beers being too sweet. Damn, this has such hop intensity that mixes almost seemlessly with the alcohol burn. A wild ride to say the least. I quiet liked it.
Thanks to Erin and Deniz for sharing. diabel (1715) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle at the Laid Back Brussels Tasting (Feb 9, 2008)
Deep, black body. Creamy, lightly brown head. Aroma of hops, flowers and malts, but not that hoppy for an IIPA. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Nice malts with some hops. Good balance.