Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
On cask at brewpub. Poured a cloudy copper in color with a small dense head that left little lacing on the glass. Aroma is generally sweet with malts, citrus, and toffee. Light alcohol presence in the nose. Tastes of sweet malts, brown sugar, orange citrus, toffee, caramel, with a medium hop finish. Also in the finish there was some warming. Pretty nice. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
From growler. Pours hazy copper color void of any head. Aroma is sweet malts, alcohol, orange. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, alcohol, orange, vanilla. Palate is full to medium bodied, slightly watery for a BW, mild carbonation, finished sweet. Somewhat lacking, I realize this is bottled from a cask, so I didn’t expect much in the way of carbonation and mouthfeel, however I didn’t think the flavor would be distracted. I was not terribly impressed by this offering, decent but far from great. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Nip hand bottle. Fairly sweet and boozy initially on the nose. Candied orange peel. Thick, decadent melted toffee. Brown sugar. Spicy hops. A slight musty and wet wood component that seems a bit out of place amongst the rich and chewy sweetness. Pours a still, thick copper gold. Rather nice actually. Quite boozy on the tongue. Slightly metallic. Spicy and vibrant hops that seem a bit out of place here. Alcohol soaked orange peel. Toffee and caramel, but not nearly as sweet and as decadent as the nose would lead me to believe. Chewy and viscous on the tongue. Finishes with a pretty big blast of alcohol hotness. Decent but slightly underwhelming. Thanks Eben! hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Faint aroma, slightly alcoholic. Starts off really nice, sweeter and maltier, like a decent english barleywine. Has a sharp alcohol taste in the middle, mixed with hops. Lots of them. Some char is in there and it has a lingering flavour that ends rather abruptly. I like it, I think...It has some great flavour and is a really nice barleywine. I’ve got to give it a hit because of that twang in the middle. It’s quite enjoyable otherwise. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Handbottle via acrdz. Sweet and fusely nose, yes, of corn! Vanilla flavors but astringent and a bit briny too. Thin and alcoholic (cask beer problem, maybe), but still quite tasty.
Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Courtesy of SchroppfyStine (1792) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Hand bottle: Stine hit the nail on the head with the candy corn aroma, along with vanilla and light alcohol. It pours a mostly still looking transparent amber with minimal bubbles around the edges of the glass. Flavor starts with caramel and light citrus hops. Light vanilla. Woody and light grapefruit finish with noticeable alcohol. Full bodied with minimal carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.
Poured from a 6.3 oz. nip bottle. Still, lightly hazed blonde appearance. Vanilla and candycorn aroma. Butterscotch. Butter. Oily nuttiness. Completely simple and somewhat sugary.
Sammy (12340) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
Flavor of bittersweet juicy citrus and a thick malt presence that’s wooden and alcohol-soaked. Vanilla-laden dried fruits wrecked in alcohol and burnt caramel. Barren pinecone hops. Consistent hints of sweetcorn aren’t as unsettling as they would seem. Heat dominates. There’s plenty of body, and plenty of syrupy rich sweetness, but the heartiness of toasted and caramel malts is hard to locate amidst so much sugar and basic bitterness; the exteriors are so monolithic and overweight that the interior seems spread thin.
Body is full and oily. Malts steadfast into a finish of white sugar and some herbal bitterness. Too confectionary to satisfy. Thanks Mike!
Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub. Lightly carbonated, 11.8% abv on this batch. Splendid aroma of a barleywine, as if aged. Medium orange with a white head, and lacey. Served appropriately at room temperature. Drinkable, it’s well-malted. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2008
6oz. nip handbottle, with big thanks to acrdz for the chance to try! Pours a slightly hazy/mostly clear light orange, kind of like iced tea when the ice melts, a thin layer of large and loose bubbles shows up only briefly, with no lacing. A very nice nose, but can’t really describe accurately as the right terms escape me here; candied fruits, cooked raisin, toffee, melted caramel, and lots more there that I can’t put to words. Great aroma! Flavor is more great stuff I can’t describe, which frustrates me until I take another sip and am enveloped in comforting, tasty joy. I guess I’ll just say this is a nice sipper, and would love the chance to try on tap. Thanks Mike! Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Many thanks to Mike for the nip Poured medium, mostly clear orange with looser bubbles riding the surface for head.. loved the coloration here. The aroma was strong and vibrant with candied toffee, pears, mangos, and green raisins.. sweet and warm with the alcohol only amplifying.. sweet and exciting The flavor had dry toffee, green raisins, and a candi sugar-ish sweetness with exotic fruit skin tartness almost in lieu of bitterness.. alcohol warms up the back-end and provides a peppery impression on the finish.. carried through light fruity sweetness and a little more raisin. Heavier-bodied with very low carbonation that helped coat the palate well.. moved slowly but surely through the mouth, becoming crisp at the end and finishing very well. I can’t tell you the last time I had a barley wine like this.. the fruity notes paired with an elaborate use of English toffee provided a welcome departure from everything else I’ve tried lately. I just wish it was available around here.