neepsntatties (1988) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Got to try a bottle of this this past weekend thanks to "hannont". Colour... medium brown with no head. Based on the looks, I wasn’t thinking much, but then.....the nose.... sweet! Loads of caramel and toffee with just a hint of brandy. Palate... light CO2, light amber maple sirup, treacle, boiled molasses, Christmas cake, sailor jack, and a smidgen of brandy on the loooooooong finish. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Barley Wine tasting compliments of Hophead22. Rating #177. Appearance of swampy butt water with no head, very cloudy. Aroma had nice vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Taste was similar to aroma with some caramel and brandy. Medium nice carbonation. Overall I really liked this one. Very good stuff. adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - NOV 17, 2009
# 1400. 500 ml bottle. Pours a dark caramel brown with a tiny beige bubbly top that quickly vanishes. Sweet aroma of dates, raisins, brown sugar, prunes, plums and brandy. Taste of sweet brandy, dates, raisins, brown sugar, prunes and plums. A slow sipper and very nice going down. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
500ml bottle from drewbeerme, thanks Andrew! Looks like swamp water, murky dark brown. Light brandy aroma, nice and rich and malty. Sweet, like candy, very freaking enjoyable. (1074) BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle: Pours dark brown with a thin head and light lacing. The nose is strong with maple syrup and hops with an alcohol bite. Very rich and malty with tons of dark fruits, woods and old things that should be sniffed. Blends well with the brandy and finishes ethereally. Very nice.
thewolf (12592) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle. [thanks for sharing, cgarvieuk]Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Pours clear brown with a small, frothy, yellowish head that soon disappears. Aroma is brilliant. Oak, toffee, milky chocolate, sherry/brandy, roasted malts, raisins (en masse), raspberries and vanilla. Low, prickly carbonation and a great oily mouthfeel. Flavour has milky chocolate, raspberries, raisins, plums, oak, sherry and cherries. Light liqourice in the finish. Stunning sipper!
Cbkshubert shared this one with me. Brandy? Aroma was wet bourbon wood with some caamel malt. Murky brown body with tan head. Flavor good blend off bourbon, vanilla caramel and some chocolate. Smooth ale to drink wish I had another swig as the notes of beers had pile up Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Thanks to Solomon420 for this longtime want. I do belive this was a 2005 bottle. Bottle poured into a challis produced a slight off white head that faded fast to nothing. The body of the brew was a dark caramel brown in color with light tan colored highlights.
The aroma made this brew it was incredible brandy and woody fragrances filled the air never mind my head. I noticed the smell of caramel and toffee and molasses as the beer warmed this brew is a sipper as you could guess
The flavor of the brandy barrels come through first then as the brew warms you start to get some awesome old ale flavors of caramel, and other flavors involved with the sweet malts. It felt nice and thick in my mouth with some awesome syrup stickiness from all the sugars in the brew. Not a trace of alcohol flavors in this brew at all
Great Old ale I do really appreciate the style more and more. I had an awesome time celebrating the 4th while sipping away at this great American brew. I would defiantly seek out another I think it was well worth the price
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Pours a dark brown ruby with orange highlights and a minimal head. Aroma shows some oxidation, but it fits, along with vanilla, wood, and hazelnut. Flavor is big and sweet the way I like it with raisin, caramel, brown sugar, wood, just tons of good sweet dessert flavors. Finishes with wood, toast and vanilla. This was just awesome and really has it more together than the bourbon version. Bigger mouthfeel too. I want more! anders37 (26625) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle. Rating #3700. Thanks to MaltOMeal!. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a long malty dark fruit and brandy aroma with some hints of vanilla. Long warming malty dark fruit, chocolate and raisin flavor with some hints of brandy and vanilla. Has a long malty caramel and dark fruit finish with some hints of chocolate and vanilla. Very nice. Thank you again Bill for this one.