Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Corked 750. After a bit of effort, the cork comes out with a loud high pitched pop. Pours a deep red with a huge off-white head. Absolutely one of the prettier beers you’ll see. Actually looks sort of like a belgian with that huge head. Some brown sugar and caramel in the aroma. Maybe a hint of plum. The flavor is slightly woody and very dry. I feel like this beer is instantly vaporizing the saliva from my mouth. I had to strain to pick up a little bit of late molasses at the finish. There is almost no alcohol presence. I don’t know why, but the more I drink this the more it reminds me of a good strong Belgian ale and not a Barley Wine at all. Ibrew2or3 (8989) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Courtesy of tpd975. Thanks again, you rock!!!! Pours clear deep copper with tall rocky tan head. The mild aroma has deep sweet maltiness, some dark fruity esters and a muted pine hop note. Overall a mild aroma for the style. The taste is malt and pine hops before sweet sweet caramel malts and very dark fruity esters rise up and take over the flavor. The taste is pretty bold but lacks the full dark fruity esters and caramel depth of an English styled barleywine and lacks the hops to be an American or west coast version. So it is in the middle and tasting pretty darn nice. IrishBoy (4259) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle shared on RBSG Tour Bus. Hazy rust with a small glass lacing beige head. Nose of berries, toffee, and oak. Flavor of hop bitterness, toffee, and alcohol. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Clear, deep garnet brown that kicks up some bone froth. Nose is sweet red berries, toffee apple and a touch of grass. Medium light body, a tad thin, with a faint tingle. Taste is caramel, orange peel and rose water. Bitter pithy finish. hopdog (13315) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
750ml bottle acquired in trade with NachlamSie (thanks!). Poured a mdeper and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, some citrus, nutty, and caramel. Tastes of nuttiness, caramel, dark fruits, brown sugary, and chocolate. Alcohol content overall well hidden.
zizzybalubba (1896) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Appalachian Vintner in Asheville. Dark amber colored pour with a thin off-white head. Delicious aroma; notes of whiskey, wood, vanilla, and oranges. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side, however. Sugary sweet brown sugar, maple syrup, and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is right where it should be for a barley wine of this ABV. It’s too bad the taste did not match the aroma but this is still a good barley wine. drfabulous (8997) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2010
22 ounce bottle probably bought at Bruisin Ales. High ABV not totally hidden, but who cares. Sweet barley wine that is very nice and drinkable - shareable as well - at this ABV. Lovely. neepsntatties (2084) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... semi-cloudy amber with a thin head. Nose... sweet with hints of light chocolate malt. Palate... delicately frothy with a very malty character reminiscent of malted milk balls! Quite an alcohol punch then sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch candies and beeswax. GTAEgeek (2569) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Dark brown, with ruby notes. Medium, beige head. Big syrupy and caramel aroma, with some earthy hops and some vanilla, smoky notes of scotch. Very sweet flavor up front, with some significant bitterness through the finish. Medium to heavy body, silky and acidic feel, with a little carbonation coming through in the finish. This is a very strong, scotch-esque beer, with an abrasive, yet remarkably delicious flavor. Recommended. chinchill (5450) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2013
12 oz serving at the brewery. This is a fine barleywine that feels and tastes like it has a bit of aging. Not much head to cover the clear copper body. High ABV fairly well hidden.