skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2006
12oz 2005. very nice pour with almost no head and a deep red color. excellent first sip (cellar temp.) smell is maple syrup and spice, this tastes like a perfect winter warmer... the pour and aroma made me think barley wine, but there seems to be more going on here... the alcohol is not hidden and it works well with the chilled sweet flavors (raspberry and sugar) and the warming bitter spices (hint of hops)... it was yummy today, and I know that the other 12oz bottle I have will be tasty with some age RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - OCT 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 2007 Vintage [Initial Rating Date: 10/16/2008 11:18:08 PM] - Bottle pours dark amber with a thin, rapidly-dissipating foamy head which returns with each drink from carbonated bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Leaves only slight tan lacing on the glass that quickly disappears. Aroma of smoky oak and roasted malts. Initial bitter hoppy bite which lingers on the tongue leaving a sweet fruity taste fading into an oak-aged whiskey finish. Would like to compare this one with older vintages.
2011 vintage - Seems to be murkier and darker than the original. TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Nice deep brown color. Aroma is that of cognac. Lots of caramel in the flavor. Slightly syrupy, which detracts just a bit overall. Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Looking forward to this one, heads a bit off, but for 12% I wasn't sure. Really good overall, will enjoy the buzzzzz!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Poured from a 12oz. This is not my style of beer. Aroma was a boozy sawdust. Not super pleasant for me. Taste was like a grape must spritzer. This beer did have a very inviting color to it.
AdolfoCC (256) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - SEP 12, 2016
Vintage 2016. De color ámbar cobrizo, con una corona de espuma color marfil de buena retencion, con burbujas compactas y abiertas. En el aroma destaca el dulzor, notas a caramelo, toffee, algunos frutos oscuros maduros, madera, en boca es similar. Retrogusto ligeramente dulce con un amargor medio bajo no astringente. Migmar (255) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle of 2012 vintage.
Dark brown, some head that disappears quickly but remains on the edges. Plums, dates, caramel, vanilla. Light sweetness, medium bitterness, full palate.
Alcohol hits pretty harshly but, well, that’s what Barley Wines are. It’s a strong one, perhaps aging would have balanced it out. Suits well as a night cap instead of the regular whiskey or cognac. Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Pours with the color of a burgandy wine with a head that disipates. Molases, pine, cherry, chocolate on the nose. Sweet on the palate with molasases, cherry, pine, orange, and hops. Finish is dry with a bitterness. Good. mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
010 version. Deep mahogany color with loads of roasted butterscotch and some wood in the nose. That butterscotch flavor absolutely coats the mouth with a bit of sour tang in the finish. Hops add a welcome kick and some bitterness, but don’t get in the way of anything. Picking up some grapes and late chocolate as it warms. It’s a heavy hitter at more than 11% ABV, but the alcohol is just a pleasant warmth. BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours clear, burgundy copper with a short head that drains down quickly. Moderate carbonation that only really appears at nucleation sites on the glass. Sweet, alcoholic nose with some candied fruit notes. Nice. Sugars and alcohol right up front on the first taste followed by some dried apple. Bit of acetic acid maybe, with some bitterness and dryness in the aftertaste. I agree with the other reviews - "Spicy" is a good descriptor. The alcohol is totally here to stay. It dominates the mouthfeel on this one. Carbonation is pleasant. That ethanol dryness and the numbness hits quickly, though. Overall, decent but the alcohol is way too up-front. They need to tone it down in the next iteration, or find a way to mitigate it - some beers work, this one doesn’t. It tries, though.