SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2010
pours a beautiful amber brown in color with plenty of visible carbonation. Smell is of caramel, malt, and dark fruits. The taste was strong of malt and caramel with the fruits in the background. The alcohol is well hidden at first but bites the more you drink. Great mouthfeel. Medium body with plenty of carbonation-but not too much. Very smooth.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-28-2007 19:34:48 phaleslu (10899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2010
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours a hazy plum-amber color with a tiny beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves only a small ring on the inner edge of the glass. Aroma of rich caramel malts, brown sugar, hops, pine resin, mixed fruits, wood, and floral notes. Flavor of caramel malts, resin, berry fruits, tropical fruits, floral notes, vanilla, wood, citrus, hops, and alcohol. Complex. Bitter and boozy, with some balancing sweetness. Sweet and alcoholic aftertaste. Medium-full bodied, syrupy and smooth, with minimal carbonation. Pretty solid barleywine; not the greatest, but good and effective. mybrainhurts (400) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 24, 2010
I have sampled this many times without a rating. Very complex nose of Plums, figs, candied sugar, and a hint of licorice. Flavors are similar. Chewy and peppery finish. Full bodied beer. Very nice. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2010
This years vintage from a snifter while I watch south park. Pours dark amber or brown-semi hazy and almost no head. nose of dried fruits, sweet malt, some vanilla, wood, and "c" type hops. Taste is much the same; big flavor of esters, malt, wood, and warm alcohol vapor fill the nostrils. full bodied and evident carbonation in the mouthfeel. The aroma is great and the taste could improve over time. I will age some and sample again. italianjohn (3312) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Deep amber pour hazy with beige head ... light lacing ... taste of caramel malts slightly bready, nutty and grainy with a bitter warming alcohol finish ... one of the better barley wines good balance
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2010
2010 bottle.Pours a dark amber. Aroma of caramel, dark rich plums,brown sugar notes,butterscotch and alcohol. Palate follows the nose with a medium bodied mouthfeel that finishes with sugar and alcohol. Just a hint of bitter to finish. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2010
2010 thanks to Treborwhip for the bottle, pours hazy dark ruby caramel with a medium light tan/yellow head. Aroma is all over the place, lots of caramel, raisin, plum notes mixed with vinous wood notes, some brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor is boozy, again caramel and brown sugar sweetness with some mild spicing and a vanilla bean and alcohol finish with some wood elements. RickTStiles (827) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Rich aroma with am excellent balance of hops, red fruit and alcohol. Taste is very bitter but as it warms it opens up into some very nice fruity notes. The finish is largely alcohol. Nice Barely Wine. rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2010 12oz btl. Pours a deep mahogany with a decent white head. A sweet aroma of candied dark fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Slightly hot but palate overall is tasty. Lots of candied fruit, sweet caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. Spice of the alcohol is pleasant and warming. Pretty delicious overall. chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2011
12 oz bottle: Vintages 07 and 09. Both pour a caramel brown with a nice head and great CO2 release. 07 is much more mellow with an aroma of dried fruit such as figs and raisins. 09 is more of a vanilla aroma. Big difference on the palate as the 07 was smooth while the 09 was more sharp and reactive. Overall 07 gets a 17 with 09 a 16 due to a higher alcohol flavor. Incredibly complex and interesting beer.