superspak (6212) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/1/2012. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, toffee, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2009
2008 bottle, pours a hazy reddish orange with a tall frothy tan head, good lacing, beautiful looking beer. Really nice cascade hop nose mixed with carmel malt and orange notes. Sweet toasted malts, orange and a mellow hop finish. Mouth is nice with light carbonation, creamy texture. Really nice barley wine that kind of bridges the gap between American and English. I would love to have more of this......480 calories or not! HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2009
2007 bottle from Santa. Really never thought I would ever get my hands on this one, but Santa hooked me up. Thanks Santa! Reddish-orange pour with nice, tight, white head. Aroma of apples, cinnamon, candied sugar and hops. Flavor is malt forward, pretty sweet, But it a cool way. Nice, full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth for a huge beer. The mouthfeel is really impressive. Just an awesome beer. What a great way to ring in the new year. Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Dark amber pour with a moderate white head. Aroma is hops and fruit with a nice bitter flavor. Some alcohol burn and long dry finish. Not like the other Barley Wines I’ve had. ttutony (949) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2010
2009 bottling. Cloudy amber color in the glass with a thin white head. Citrus and fruit aroma, really fantastic. The palate is quite complex which I really enjoyed. There’s a rich malty character with a bitter hop note and a great fruity overtone as well.
kevinator (2860) - 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. KyotoLefty (10808) - 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.
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Great looking beer, dark cloudy amber with white head.. nice aroma with citrusy hops, orange, honeyed sugary character... pleasant mouthfeel, quite viscous, rich, complex, well-balanced.. distinct hoppy finish.. great effort. FriendOfBeer (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Orange, tangerine, hoppy taste. Very sweet, bitter aftertaste. Good alcohol presence, not too overpowering for 11.5. Overall pleasant beer, its sweetness is memorable, good bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2014
Golden body, small head, grey. Spring hops, American strong ale style, grapefruit, resin. Concentrated malts, leaves, citrus, lasting bitterness. (On tap at The Ginger Man)