BlackBeerPG (981) - Darien, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Taste had big boozy barley malts with some hops.
Golden in color, clear, with nice delicate lace. Medium to full body, big warm finish. Marstonlad (976) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2015 Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours clear amber with a minimal head. The aroma features dried fruitiness, caramel, toffee and syrupy maltiness – gives extremely sweet vibes. Taste is heavily sweet – plenty of fruits, berries and caramel – and in the finish slightly bitter, definitely more malt- than hop-driven. Alcohol appears towards finish; the alcohol levels of this beer are not hidden very well. The palate is medium bodied and sticky, could be a bit fuller bodied. A warming British Barley Wine that is a bit flawed. coachd (971) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2017
2015 vintage, picked this up on sale at Friar Tuck, not expecting much, really an impulse buy. Smells like malt and tons of booze. Red tinged appearance with a white clingy head. It has the sweet characteristic of a barleywine without any of the hops. Perhaps it is the age of the bottle. Not terrible, ABV is well hidden. No way I could drink more than one of these. guzgorog (969) - FRANCE - JAN 21, 2015
Blonde/rousse/rouge, pas de mousse au versage, mais elle apparaît petit à petit alimentée par un tas de petites bulles qui s’extraient doucement du liquide, très étrange. Puis quand on goûte, on comprend mieux, le corps est très dense, même pas liquoreux mais carrement siropeux, les bulles ont du mal à s’échapper de cette mélasse. Pour le reste, c’est moins interssant : nez de bonbon harlequin, banane, caramel, bois. Bouche très sucrée, bonbon, bois, banane. Surprenant mais pas fabuleux... Turboninja (932) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2016
mikkellund42 (922) - DENMARK - DEC 19, 2013
from Alko, Tampere, Finland. Strong, super boozy, sweet and a bit artificial flavor with raisin, sweet fruits and some malts. Simple though averagely balanced. Medium body with light/medium carbonation. Overall, clear but lo-fi product.
Bottle. Pours clear copper brown with small white head. Aroma is very fruity with notes of sour apples, red Bassett’s Wine Gums, white wine, lawn, pine tree and faint rosehip. Taste is initial medium sweet, then medium sweet, medium bitter and light acidic. Body is heavy oily with medium carbonation. Finish is long and bitter-sweet and dominated by alcohol, but is also has notes of bitter grapefruit, caramel, fruit and flowers. Alcohol is too dominating. Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle pours redish amber with no head or lace. The aroma has English hops showing through - quite fruity. Wow, the flavor hits you with the dark fruits. There is a sour linger. The palate is thick. The alcohol start to shine through a bit much. Overall, pretty warming. Needs to be colder than 25F to enjoy. edsspoon (905) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle, 2015 vintage - pours slightly hazy orange with a short lived fizzy beige head. Aroma is malty with some plum and prune and notes of starw. Taste is strong alcohol, port and sherry with straw and prunes. Strong bitterness in the finish, a little astringent. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. robertjm (902) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Opened bottle and there was hardly any fizz. Not a good sign. Started pouring and still no head, but then one appeared albeit very short lived. VERY pretty light ruby red color. Almost like a watered down cabernet!! Aroma is not very promising. Smells like it has bottle infection. Flavor? Very alcoholy with sourness in it. Now I read the RB description of this being a barley wine. Explains the lousy head a little more. Mouthfeel is way sticky thick. Would be interesting to know what the Final Gravity of this was before it was carbonated. Very slight warming on the back of the throat. I thought I’d sampled this at the Concord, CA BEVMO, but must not have as would’ve remembered this. UPDATE: Deceptive level of alcohol. Feeling a little buzzed after just one bottle? Not heavily, just a little. Also, after its warmed a little the sourness seems to have left the glass so I’m raising the rating a little. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Pours a golden with minimal head. Smells like a highly alcoholic lager. Vague malty flavor, but predominantly alcohol all the way through. Worth brewing once to see what an imperial red can do, but not a good beer overall.