Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
At last, a barleywine I prefer even over Olde Curmudgeon!
Incredibly complex nose and flavor of caramel, toffee, bourbon (lots of it), sherry, cognac, vanilla, oak, raisins, honey, kumquats, orange zest, persimmons, plums, peaches, strawberries, prunes, dates, figs, cherries, pecan pralines, rhubarb, toasted coconut, leather, tobacco, and a hint of smokiness.
The body is syrupy, but playfully so, not sticky or cloying. This beauty has legs like Angelina, and the mouth becomes delightfully coated as the sipping continues. The finish is one of the longest I’ve ever experienced, and the woodiness and the alcohol prevent this one from becoming too sweet (as a gentleman before me pointed out).
It’s been quite a few years since I was an ardent fan of the barleywine style, but this one absolutely blew me away, even fresh. I can only imagine what a few years of aging might achieve. tdf201 (3) - Lebanon, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013 does not count
Best beer I have had yet. Was given to me and shared as a birthday gift for my 36th birthday.