Muggus69 (2657) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2017 Cartoonkhaki (1301) - Brantford, Ontario, - FEB 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was thinking something a little more would come out of this other then a very syrypy bland looking barley wine. It just sits there and doesn’t do very much. Brown rose in colour and over all flat. This thought shouldn’t negate from trying to cellar it for a bit that could improve it nicely as I have had experience with fresh & both cellared brews.
The sweet and alcohol seem to cancel out any other thoughts I would have with this.
330mL bottle from Beer Love online. 2012 vintage
Thick pour, presents an opaque murky bronze beer with a small ring of foam eventually forming.
Rich malty nose - brown caramel, bread crust, oxidised notes of date & sultana & sherry.
It’s thick, really thick! Sticky too, lingering, clingy, almost port-like, warming, feels bigger than it is!
Liken the the flavour almost to a white port or Madeira - brown caramel, treacle, honey, dates & sultanas, cooked citrus marmalade, touch of sort of oaky/nutty rancio toward the finish, plenty of booze, bitterness barely gets a look in.
A tasty brew, fortifying, substantial, very rich, not as well balanced as I would have hoped. wrlangin (226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2017
330 ml bottle from Hawthorne Cellars in Brisbane. Pours ruby red with almost no head. Boozy aroma. Flavours are malt, some dark fruit, and a bit of heat from the high ABV. Ok, but not a beer that I would go out of my way for.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone asheft (3108) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2016
[bottle] Rich pumpernickel and mild sherry accents with faint resin hops. Hazy ruddy dark brown with no head other than a very fine, white collar. Sweet, nutty malt along with pumpernickel, doughy bread flavour with a moderate bitterness and transcendent sherry, aged accents that are from oxidation, but in a good way. Full body, low carbonation, enough bitterness to cut the almost sticky malt sweetness. Kauge (2064) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle from the LCBO in Niagara Falls. Vintage 2012. 10.8% for some reason. Pours rather unattractive murky brownish rusty colour, barely translucent, with a couple of bubbles serving as head. Definitely not a looker, this one. The aroma, on the other hand, is just excellent - toffee and caramel, dried prunes soaked in port wine maybe. Lovely! Tastes heavy sweet, with all the usual suspects of a BW there, just a bit harsh alcoholic and slightly bitterish zing in the finish, yet without becoming exactly boozy. After 2 hours - yes, I’m a slow drinker, and this is, after all a sipper - the warmth has entirely covered, and numbed even, the inside of the mouth. Thin, rather active carbonation. Heavy, sludgy body, slightly sticky texture. Lovely stuff. I wonder what it was like when released. nj_lee (43) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2016
Superb malty ale, with a wonderful complex flavour. Obviously a serious kick but worth it!
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Ferris (16268) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Sweet toffee and a touch of spice. Cloudy copper with no head. Sweet toffee and some oxidization. Not bad, but age reduced this a bit. mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
330mL bottle, pours a hazy bright amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is quite intense, with notes of caramel, alcohol and dark fruits. Flavour is dominated by the dark fruits, caramel and alcohol in excellent proportion. Very fruity, boozy and caramely in good balance. Not especially sophisticated, but still well-balanced. Very good. beerplace (1923) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
330ml bottle bought at Firefly liquor store, tasted at Matt’s place. Aroma and taste are very complex: sweet fruits, vinous notes, caramel, vanilla. Very good. Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
A hazed murky dark copper brown ale with a very thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with loads of vinous notes, treacle, licorice, alcohol warmth, smooth floral hops, resinous and piney, fragrant. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with loads of vinous notes, treacle, pinot de charente, alcohol warmth, very boozy, delicious night cap. beer-yum (1866) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2015
Restrained aroma in a copper pour. For a fan of the style I sue to this would be a spectacular brew. I’m missing a hoppy bitterness to balance the (sweet) strength though...so would order something else.