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! DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Aroma: complex. Orange, dark chocolate, raspberries, barley, all immediately dominant; and a subtle undercurrent of vanilla, caramel, and pear. Alcohol definitely present, plus tastes of heavy citrus, floral tones, heavy-handed dry wine, high bitterness but not necessarily from the hops. Spicy. Too strong for my personal tastes but I could see it being an enjoyable beer for a wine buff. 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. keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2007
2005 edition. Pours an almost maroon red/brown/orange. No head, no lacing. Lots of good bite when sipped. Very fruity and packs a wallop. I taste grapes, raisins, candy, and whiskey. Quite good really. oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2008 Vintage on tap at Capones. Very nice beer. Complex malt taste. Not overly hopped. A smooth hearty barley wine.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Pour is a darker brown not much head. smell is kinda sweaty salty and figgy.
Taste is figgy a little ripe pear little hay good mouthfeel. lots of alcohol though. pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Poured a reddish color with small beige head. Very sweet fruity caramel flavor with a strong alcohol finish. Great barleywine. invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2003
wow, this beer is pretty big. it's quite a surprise that it pours with a nice head that chooses to stick around. Dark brown beer. Tastes thick and warming, a chocolate flavor jumps out. very sweet flavor. warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2013
12 oz. bottle, 2013. Pour is a murky orange rust color with a thin khaki head. Alcohol legs and not a lot of lacing. Aroma is cherries and dates with a raisin and citrus note as well. Some caramel, faint hops and an identifiable earthy kind of funk as well. Taste is very malty, sweet dark fruits, cherry, caramel, vanilla, wood. Flavors are soft and the booze is very present in the finish, not overly sweet. Faint hops linger a bit on the tongue. Mouthfeel very chewy with smooth, creamy carbonation. A very big beer, enjoyable, am interested to see how it mellows over time.
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This barley wine has some major kick to it. Very attractive dark copper color with next to no head. No lacing what so ever. Has alcohol burn with a general balance of flavor. Great beer if you need or want a very quick buzz.