brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Pours dark ruby with murky brown hues. A dense, tan head of a half-inch rose up at the finish of a stretch pour. A very nice cascade of ultra-fine bubbles made it happen.
Aromatics are laced with dark fruit, crystal malt, and figgy butterscotch. Red wine and a bit of nougat rounds out the nose.
Mouthfeel is medium, but somewhat chewy and sticky.
The pallet is decidedly english, but bigger.
Plenty of fruit-laden malt character, and warming alcohol.
Bitterness is firm and assertive enough to stave off the residuals.
Some toasted malt comes forward as it warms up, as well of plenty of vineous complexity. Almost boozy, but not quite.
Finishes with some mild citrus oils and lingering alcohol-laden malt.
A good canditate for cellaring.
SpringsLicker (3640) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Thanks to Suttree for sharing this at decaturstevo’s tasting.
A fleeting off-white head forms over a medium brown body.
Complex aroma of dried fruits and caramel.
Sweet fruit flavor that follows the aroma.
Decent Barleywine. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Sampled at Stevofest 08, courtesy of Suttree. Pours a rusty reddish brown with a beige head. Wonderful aroma of sweet dark caramel and maple syrup. Medium to full bodied. Nice rich caramelized malt flavor, with some accents of cherry and smoke. Non aggressive bitterness to balance this one out. Solid and easy to drink. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle at stevo’s. Pours dark rust color with small ivory head. The aroma is very fruity- prune, plum, apple- with lots of dark caramel, some molasses, and bubblegum. The flavor is sugary caramel with a touch of bubblegum and some autumnal burning leaves. Pretty good stuff. Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Mahogany, no head. Very caramelly aroma, with a notes of fruit and smoke. Flavor is molasses at first, then a nice hop bite. Tastes prety much exactly like it smells. Some smokey flavors, some sweet and hoppy. maybe some cherry notes, too. Sampled at Stevofest.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2008
22. Pours nearly (but not quite) black with a thick and moussy, almost creamy tan head. Before long, it’s just a slim rim with wisps of lace. Big sweet nose--caramel, vanilla, gingerbread, brown sugar. That right away gets me curious about aging this one. It’s already got a wee bit of must to the nose, though, so maybe not. Medium, slightly creamy body, with a bit of present carb. Mid-palate shows all the sweet notes from the aromatics. The finish comes up into a light blossom of spicy, peppery hop. robforbes (2243) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 old ratings:
7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6.
8/3/7/4/16 - 3.8.
pours brown with a red tint, small tan head, and good lacing.
smell is sweet, caramel, malt, few spices, some alcohol, and some dark fruit.
taste is creamy, smooth, dark fruit, carmel, touch of chocolate, and spiced rum, ends slightly dry and bitter. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle shared by Styles. Clearish toffee brown-red body, thin buff head. Aroma of toffee and burnt caramels and a splash of prune and plum, with modest earthy hops. Toasty body with burnt notes, sweet caramel, and toffee, all somewhat oxidized. Moderate tartness. Earthy, bitter finish. Thins after a few sips. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottles from Pitonka and 5000. Dark mahogany with minimla head. Big caramel and toffee up front and besides some slight oxidation not much else. Flavor again just some malt sweetness and not much else. Some warming in the finish. Pretty straight forward BW. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
(My highest rating month ever!) Bottle: Mahogany hue with a small head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, pear, apricot, bread, herbs, pepper, and a hint of phenolic activity. The taste has an aggressive boozy character at first a then followed by sharp bitterness counter balance. The midsection develops a heavy malt and sweet tone finishing off with spice and wood. The mouth feel is lush and oily with a warming trend. A solid brew all in all but still rough around the edges. THX Chris.