Scipio (1084) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2017
Pours brown with a thinner, light tan head. The aroma is sweeter. Heavy in caramel, it has vanilla, raisin, nuts, slight earthy malts, and apple. The nose is balanced between the fruits and malts. I was anticipating sweetness, so I’m happy it was as overpowering as I was anticipating. Drier as well. The dominant impressions are a combination of earthy malt, caramel, and fig. Vanilla, alcohol, raisin and bread are compliments. Aftertaste is caramel and vanilla. Its potent and lingers with you. Full bodied, with a thick texture, and softer carbonation. This is good, though its sweet enough and powerful enough I wouldn’t make this a go to. DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2017
On tap @ Farmhouse. Very deep red-orange. Apple skins, cherry, raisins, very dry finish. Oddly thin, but boozy. Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2017
Dark amber/brown color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, & dark fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, dark fruit, some spicy hops, and chocolate notes; Warm finish; Nicely balanced; Not earth shattering - but enjoyable. Ahuth (591) - Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark brown. The palate is light. With that being said the flavor is light. Has a small Caramel nutty taste. Nothing special. I have a ’15 BA version. Hoping for it to be better hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle... Hazy caramel-colored pour with burnt orange glimmers and a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The aroma is a mélange of caramel, marmalade and fruitcake. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor features delicious buttery toffee that’s somewhat dampened down by aggressive hop bitterness. The aftertaste is of toffee and minerals. Bottle generously provided by BBB63!
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7th February 2015cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Semi opaque red - amber beer, small pale tan head. Palate is semi dry with decent fine carbonation. Smooth but dry malts that have a mild dark malt character. Little paper and a trace of dark chocolate. Modest spice. Light dry finish. Spicy linger. A disappointing and tired tasting barleywine, like it was a good few years old.
On tap at 2014 GTMW, pours a very dark brown with a light off white head, the aroma is very sweet with lots of caramel and malt, the flavor is much of the same, tons of malt and sweetness, ugh, big and sweet, probably would of loved this a few years ago. jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep copperish brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and light notes of chocolate from the malts, some floral and bitter hops, hints of dark fruits, and some faint notes of alcohol. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Smoother texture. A solid barley wine. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bomber - Maple pour with off white head. Nose is malty with hints of caramel and toffee. Taste follows the nose. Not very sweet and flavors are hints more than a punch in the face. Pretty Average. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle extra’d in a trade. Thanks!
A: Dark mahogany, creme colored head.
N: Toffee, caramel, pine, pineapple, biscuit, brown sugar, touch of char. Earthiness, dry autumn leaves, walnuts, fig, and raisin.
T: Sweet and brackishly bitter.
M: Resinous and sticky. Heavier body; alcohol is shuffled to the side to stay out of the way.
O: A really nice cross of the American and English barleywine styles. It’s rich and tasty; far better than the Pelican base barleywine. Drink it.