BVery (10609) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Hazy orange pour, clingy soapy white head. Very sticky sweet - caramel malt. Very nice. Brigadier (3700) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2012
12 ounce bottle
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2012
It has been long enough so I cracked this open when I had a chance to split it with others. Thick, syruppy, and sweet, this beer is the exemplar of a heavy dessert like barley wine. Even with four years on it the bottle was a warm gooey distraction.
Aroma / Appearance - The reddish opaque body has a bubbly aspect to it. Long spindly legs crawl down the sides like sheets of rain in a heavy downpour. Bright and malt driven, the sweet nose tickles the senses with the main aspect being watery caramel chews.
Flavor / Palate - Warm and sweet this is boozy from the get go. The bubbly transition tickles the back of the throat with alcoholic figs. This would be more apt as an entry in the Southern Tier series of diabetes beers (Mokah, Choklat, Pumking, etc).
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is amber with an off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel. Taste is very sweet, malty, toffee, dark fruit, booze. Palate is soft, creamy, warming, malty finish. SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle 2010 thanks to fata2683: Poured a coppery orange with a thin ghost like off white head, dissipated fast. Aroma is light hops, caramel, malts, and leafiness. Taste is bitter fruit with some veggie like character, nice malts, and very tingly spice in the finish. phaleslu (10334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2012
2010 and 2011 bottles tried side-by-side. Got both of these as Texas trade bonuses in the past year or so. 2010 has a blue font on a bronze label; 2011 has green on dark silver. Both pour a cloudy orange color and have a small off-white head. The 2011 shows some definite citrusy hops in the nose, along with pine resin and some caramel malts later; 2010 has no trace of hops left, just toffee, sugar cookies, graham crackers, and toast. The flavors line up about the same way, with some hop bitterness and resin to the 2011 and the sweet maltiness in the 2010. Both are medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. I like both and rate them the same and glad I tried them next to one another.
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
A 2011 bottle. It pours a cloudy gold/amber with a small off-white head and lacing. It has a thick earthy hop aroma, with malt and dried apricot too. The flavor has rich hops and malt up front with a rich malt middle, a earth and citrus finish, and a great syrupy mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone maekchu (3947) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 24, 2012
2007 bottle. Thanks to mike12da. Great smooth fruit aroma, along with some candy notes. Flavors are malt candy, butter, and day-old bread. Aftertaste is exceptionally well balanced. Thin-medium body. This has aged well and may be at its peak. KyotoLefty (10350) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2012
2007 bottle. Malty, cereal nose, citrus, orange, grains. Orange-brown color with no head. Delicious toffee and chocolate flavor, vanilla, butter. Very tasty, smooth and lovely. Well aged.
Hotspur (16) - Nara, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2012
Barleywine fragrance with a hint of hops and wort. 2007 vintage. Sweet carmel flavor. A nice hint of bitterness. I’m no fan of barleywines but this is drinkable. Tabednar (139) - - JUN 5, 2012
Very potent as you would suspect. Strong palate with a thick nectar mouthfeel. Filling an high in alcohol. What's not to like?