kevinator (2443) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2012
I’m reviewing the 2009 release as I’ve kept it in storage. I also recently had the 2008 and believe four years is pushing the age limit on this beer. Surprisingly the hop profile was kept relatively intact. I think this is the best beer by Real Ale. Nice palate and aroma. Amber color with very little head. The 11% abv is very well hidden and making for a very nice after dinner beer. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Rich thick molasses flavor. Rich alcohol aroma and flavor. This will warm you up. bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 28, 2012
2011 bottle poured into shifter. Hazy orange brown with quickly dissipating head. Smells of oats, vanilla, other malt and cereal. Taste is lightly citrusy from hops with light smoke, toffee, pine. Not as complex as I remember. Still tasty and worth aging to see where it goes. dnstone (3442) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pours golden-orange-amber in color with nice white head. Strong malty-syrupy-sweet aroma and taste; a chewy full body with hints of earthy hops towards the finish.
Notes: 2011 bottle opened Apr ’12 docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - APR 3, 2012
Nice aroma of sweet fruit, doughy, some honey, mild hops. Pour very nice rich head and orange-amber brew. Taste is nicely balanced strong ale with nice bitter finish.
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
An aggressive pour rendered about an inch head that sat atop this cloudy burnt orange brew.
The aroma is very mild for what I normaly encounter in an American barleywine, even after letting the brew warm up for awhile. I do get a slightly warm aroma of malt, a bit of sweet fruit and carmalised sugar.
Taste is sweet with a suprising bitterness. The same carmalised sugars from the nose are apparent in the taste. I am surprised by the hoppy bitterness on this 3 year old beer. As the beer continues to warm the bitterness fades alittle and a sweet malty flavor starts to shine. Mouth feel is pretty warm with a bright carbonation, and a warm and bitter finish.
Tmoney99 (14755) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle shared by B3C. Poured clear copper color with an average off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit aroma. Moderate to full smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced flavor to medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a complex beer. GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Pours a clear, deep red with a decent off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Plenty of lacing though. Lots of pine with other wood notes. Some earthy sweetness comes through as well. Pine and spicy wood notes dominate with some malt sweetness coming through in the finish. Very well-balanced. AcctError160898 (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2012
This was a 2008 brew. Beautiful unfiltered apple cider color with a smooth, full bodied taste. Slightly sweet but well ballanced.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone dzimm27 (143) - - MAR 5, 2012
Heavy malty nose, orange/brown body. Thick, sweet, malty. Hops are well behind the malt profile, only hit the back of your mouth. Hops seem a bit at odds with the malty profile, don’t blend as well as you would hope. Good but not great.