Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 1, 2017 thomas15 (694) - Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Butterscotch aroma molasses malt. Murky coffee with huge chunks. Thin mouthfeel that is slick sticky. Sweet with balanced bitter still some hop presence. Has held up. Very good.
From Jan 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with JDV. Thanks Deniz!
It pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy rusty brown with a small tannish head of foam.
The smell has a lot of roasted malt, caramel malt, and a touch of fruit.
The taste up front brings a huge dose of caramel along with some roasted malt, toffee, and some grain. It has a very thick mouthfeel to it and the carbonation is fairly light. The finish is sweetish and lingers for quite some time. The alcohol shows itself slightly in the taste and more boldly during and after the swallow.
I understand that this is Saint Arnold's first attempt at a BWSA and it *is* pretty good. It just seems a bit rough around the edges and is not as easy to drink as other BWSAs I've had before. Still, it's a good effort.
Thanks again, Deniz! TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle shared with father-in-law. This beer is over 7 years old but hasn’t held up very well. Dark amber appearance. Smell’s of cherry and port wine. Taste of cherry or plum maybe a little oxidized from the age. Overall not a bad beer maybe aged to long. dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
From the saint Arnold divine reserve vertical tasting @ the common table on Dallas. This beer pours a deep reddish amber with a thin off white head. The aromas are musk, fruits. The mouthfeel is sweet and sticky and slightly alcoholic. Really has a large hop character for a barley wine. This aged really well! Cheers1 brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is a murky brownish color with just about no head. Some scattered light khaki bubbles.
S: This beer is fairly oxidized, but still some brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. A few hints of dark fruits, too.
T: Still a surprising amount of piney bitterness to this beer. Toffee, stale brown sugar, and some light chocolate and caramel. A bit of cardboard, as well.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.
D: Not much left worth drinking, here. Lots of oxidation and not in the good, "chocolatey" sense.
Ungstrup (38384) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2009
Bottled. An unclear brown beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, brown sugar, and nuts, leading to a dry woody finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing. Cavie (4805) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle, with HUGE thanks to Zinister. You rock bro! Hazy reddish hue. Lovely aroma. Dark raisins and plum, wood and vanilla. Taste is wonderful. Aged wood notes with ripened fruit. Dark plum with a touch of raisins. Vanilla alcohol rounds out the finish. Finish dries but has the fantastic sweetness that previous was the beer. Lovely. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to Zinnister. Aroma is Peppermint, malts, alcohol, chocolate, cinnamon, and dark fruit. Wow, a lot to smell. Taste is more peppermint (really?) and lots of roasted malts. Finish is dark and delicious. graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Pours a deep brown into the glass with a small beige head. Aroma is dark fruit with a bit of chocolate. Flavor has a surprisingly large amount of chocolate present. Really tasty, but definitely much different than the barley wines I’ve had. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of KAggie97 poured into a snifter.
Pours a dark, murky brown with hints of orange around the edges with a decent beige head that leaves a collar and spotty lacing on the way down.
The aroma is fairly mellow with lots of sweet caramel malts and even hints of citrus aroma. There are some dark fruits in the nose as well.
The taste is a tad better than the aroma and has a quick (and faint) hop hint up front. Outside of that, it’s really about the sweet caramel malts and toffee with some raisins and a bit of woody dryness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and very smooth and slick going down.
This is a decent barleywine that has definitely held up well over time. It’s not as complex as some of the world-class barleywines out there but it’s definitely drinkable despite probably seeing better days.