BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Pours an amber orangish. Good head nice lacing. A bit oaky and very sweet and malty. Some vanilla. Heavy mouthfeel. A good beer. fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Light orange/amber color. Thick, dense white head - almost like the head of a cappuccino. Lives up to the description pretty well, with some pineapple, honey, and creme brulee burnt-sugar flavors. The oak aging gives it some additional vanilla sweetness and mellows the beer, making it less unwieldy than most barleywines I’ve had. warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2013
22 oz. bomber. Pours deep hazy golden with a tinge if orange. White creamy head with pretty good lacing. Smell is citrusy, banana, vanilla and heavy oak. Taste is complex. Notes of pineapple, orange, oak and roasted malt. Booze burn at the very end but pleasantly offset by the tamed but flavorful hop profile. I love this take on a barley wine. A lighter malt without all of the dark fruit characteristics, but more citrus notes and the oak adds to the complexity while blending nicely with the perfect amount of hops. Sam Adams has put out some stinkers in recent years, but this is one that I really admire, and will look forward to drinking again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz) Slightly hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Sweet malt aroma with some light hints of oak and vanilla from the aging. Very sweet flavor at the start. Lots of malts with that vanilla twinge coming up after that. Some light citrus and hop bitterness at the end. Really smooth and warming. alobar (3759) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Pours a clear amber color with an aroma of hops, toffee, and toasted malt. Fruit, oak, and toffee flavor. Decent beer.
NikkTwist (3193) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Clear deep amber with a honey colored head that left some lace. Very rich and sweet. Lots of oak notes. Noble hops. Good first impression but it finishes poorly and develops an odd taste as it warms. kevinator (2176) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2013
This started very nice but did not finish well. However, I may have needed to keep it colder. It had a nice aroma of fruits, wheat, grains and alcohol. The color was beautiful at a light copper with a small head. The taste reminded me of apple, spice, pale grains and alcohol. As it got warmer though the tastes did not blend and it was hard to finish. Nice barley wine but it packs a punch. jbruner (4694) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Pours a clear golden copper on tap with thin ring of white lacy head. Aroma is barley and thin maltiness. Taste follows, really not much going on, not sure how this is a bakery wine. A hint of sweetness on the end. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2013
22oz bottle, batch 2. Labeled 10%.. Shared with friends over a game of Catan. Mostly clear orange / amber color. Thin kind of bubbly off-white head. Good spread of lace. Nice oaky nose, some citrus. Pineapple in the aroma. More malty taste, kind of biscuity, some vanilla. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly creamy texture. More dry finish. Little bitter, sweet... Some lightly boozy sweetness. Interesting, tasty barleywine. Not as smooth as it could be, though. Still a little sweet warm bite in the finish. I dig the hop profile, though EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle from Batch No. 3. This brew’s appearance combines a clear orange color and a medium white head that fades quickly to a thin layer on top of the beer, and the aroma is reminiscent of grapefruit, fig, fruity citrus hops, and burnt sugar. The balance of this beer’s taste is phenomenal with its mildly sweet, slightly bitter, and mildly umami flavors, and the mouthfeel fuses a medium body, soft carbonation, long finish, and a oily texture.