Leighton (21258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2016
Draft at the brewery taproom during RBWG 2014. Pours reddish brown with a foamy topping. Good, but certainly punchy with notable alcohol character. Notes of toffee, ripe fruits, a little earth. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with some brown bread, toffee, caramel, ripe berries. Not bad, but heavy. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a ruby color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, astringent, and citrus hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, fruity, astringent, with a bitter woody earthy finish. nearbeer (5422) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2008
750 ml, April 2008 bottling. Translucent chestnut with ruby highlights. Two-finger lasting head with frosty lace. Aroma of brown sugar, light spice, and oak. Front favor is lightly spicy brown sugar with mixed berries and alcohol. Turns to woody resin and slight citrus, then all bitter wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smoothish and dry. hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle… Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, off-white head and thousands of small, white floaties tooling about the glass. Good retention. Cereal grain, corn and caramel are dominant in the nose. Full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and energetic carbonation. Caramel and lightly vinous notes. Dark fruit, thin finish. Kudos to mgumby10 for popping the top on this one! bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Mar) Pours a cloudy reddish-brown body with a tight thick beige head. Aroma of black grapes, raisins, dates, molasses, brown sugar, and dried cherries. Flavor of molasses, dark fruit (dates, raisins), brown sugar, toasted malt, and floral hops.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2008
22, capped. Thanks, RiversideAK! Pours clear, coppery dark amber with a dense cloud of bubbles that settle out to a lacy off-white ring of foam. Caramel, brown sugar, fruit in the aroma. Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and a little hot. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
750ml bottle from trade with TURDFERGUSON. Poured a murky dark brown, with a tan head. Big rich maltiness, very aromatic. Slight harshness in the front, very bubbly. Nice overall, glad to get my hands on a bottle. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bomber. Pours a deep amber with a very large frothy head- over carbed for a BW. Aroma is sharp dark crystal malts, toasty caramel, lot sof dark fruits, and a good relatively fresh hop presence. Lots of hops in the flavor lead it to become a bit bitter in the end- still lots of deep dark sharp crystal malts, toffee, a bit of molasses, somewhat green and earthy as well. Higher carbonation giv es it a lively mouthfeel and not quite what I would expect in a BW. Pretty good but not outstanding. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2009
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 Thanks to JCB for the 750ml bottle. Probably about 8 months old. Clear orange/copper with a large head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and toffee; maybe a little floral hops and dark fruit, but the star of this show is all the sugar. Fairly sweet, alcohol is well covered. Medium mouthfeel. I probably should have cracked this sooner to get the full hops effect. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
750ml bottle. The pour yields a clear copper-brown body with a tall, creamy head of khaki tinted foam. Showing good retention, that head leaves skinny snakes and flares of lacing on the glass. Aromas are based in brown sugar and sticky caramel malt, showing sweet, hinting at figs, dates, and various other dark fruits. There’s a hint of nuttiness in there as well. Hops are primarily earthy, and they lend a nice edge to the otherwise malt driven nose. Flavors are largely the same, again based in caramelized brown sugar and some dark toffee, with maybe a touch of light molasses. Dried figgy fruit malts show a touch of welcomed oxidation, as hops come across earthy, with just a touch of pine. The palate sports medium-plus substance and lively carbonation (perhaps a bit too lively, in fact). Alcohol is noticeable and warm, but not overly aggressive. Overall, it’s a pretty solid barleywine. There are no fatal flaws, but it’s not a jaw dropper either. Good brew.