thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Pours clear mahogany with a medium smallish head. No lacing. Aroma of booze and figs. Flavor is sweet, but not cloying. Malt profile is a real treat with some dried fruit and candy flavors. Could use maybe a touch more hop bitterness, but I give it a couple extra points for the amazing ABV burn it leaves down the back of the throat. Very nice! It will be interesting to see how this one ages. FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 2010 batch. Hazy dark reddish almost brown. Smells like sweet dark fruit. Taste is hugely malty and quite sweet with the alcohol burn at the end. Would be interesting to see what age would do to this. BobyFischer (311) - FRANCE - MAY 20, 2016
Brune rubis limpide.Col de mousse se réduisant au minimum, balc cassé, beige clair.
Nez caramel, tonneau, acidité de tonneau, amertume.En tout cas : fa-bu-leux.
Bouche : de la force, une puissance inouïe mais beaucoup de douceur aussi, alcool présent, un caramel élevé en tonneau, belle complexité se terminant sur des notes amères.
Un superbe Barley wine, catégorisé Old Ale mais je ne sais pas à quoi cela correspond vraiment.Bon !
PS : Goûtez la XH de chez Kiuchi, c’est bon et proche ! jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2007 vintage. pour is mid amber with almost no head. aroma is sweet, somewhat spicy. flavor is sweet, hot alcohol. probably would be better after another year in the cellar, but who has that kind of patience? quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2012
2012. Sweet aroma, though not overpowering or cloying; maybe a hint of raisin or cherry. Sweet, malty flavor, very much like the aroma with a bit of breadiness and some alcohol burn. Flavor sticks nicely to your tongue. I like this one.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Bourbon! Lovely red colour. Very alcoholic. Tiny white head, flavour carries the scent out well. Tasting cups perhaps are not the best for appreciating beer, but this tastes like straight bourbon to me. andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2007
bottle. pours heady with a heavy mahogany hue. thick aromas of milky caramel, melted butterscotch, and a little forest blend. overall the aromas are pretty heavy. onward to the palate. it tastes heavy and syrup-esque, yet pleasantly smooth and hoppy. the sweetness caught me off guard, but the hops and thicker malts counteract the maple syrup sweetness to produce a heavier beer. old wrinkly fruits are also present (raisins, prunes, etc.). the bitterness hits towards the end, almost on the top of the throat. it’s a little tight, and i think i’ll lay the other one down. cheers! stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Almost brown, slightly cloudy and dissipating head. Malt dominates for me in aroma and flavor. Decent hopping but not over the top. Very well balanced and easy to drink. Still a slight alcohol flavor but its barely notioceable. Also some raisiny notes as well. I'm saving several of these. redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Pours a dark ruby color that is pretty clear with a sizable tan head. Aroma is of sweet malt, alcohol, and spice. Flavor is heavy in alcohol, but there are lots of sweet malt flavors as well... notably caramel.
12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage. adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Cherry, sweet aroma. Honey aftertaste. It seems like it can't make up its mind whether or not it wants to be a christmas ale, or a stout.