crossovert (14135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2012
I didn’t expect too much, these black barleywines often suck, but this one is one of the better ones. BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the Fire House in Eau Claire. Very dark pour with a small white head. Nut, molasses, and dark fruit nose and taste. Quite good! douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark mahogany hue with a large cream colored head. The aroma is sweet toffee and caramel. A nice smooth flavor with caramel, light berries, dry throughout, some candies and plum, a bit of toasted malts, fruity hops throughout but little bitterness. Certainly odd to be called a black barley wine yet to be reddish and not unusual in any sense. Also, the Belgian quality is puzzling to me. Otherwise, a very good barley wine, solid and tasty. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Courtesy of markwise. Very nice, a new barleywine for me. It pours mahogany with tan-ish sort of white head of foam. The aroma offers up earthy black licorice (is earthy black licorice even possible) and sticky malty pine hop notes. The taste delivers smooth dark roasted malts, molasses and dank hoppiness moving into bitter pine hops. This is nice stuff. A big black IPA. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottled. Poured clear, deep reddish-brown with a creamy, well-retained beige head.. looked very good in the glass. The aroma picked up sweet biscuit, toffee, and redder fruity notes, with another layer of fruit deeper down.. warm and well-balanced, but not too exciting. The flavor found molasses, burnt black patent, and some chocolate maltage at the core.. quite bitter around, with pine resin leading and a bit of earth tagging along.. finished fruity and bitter, with a nice kick of peppery alcohol in the end. Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. silky feel across the middle.. some of the flavors were a little muddled, but overall this was well-balanced and tasty. I’ll gladly have another.
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle: Deep cola, large frothy pale beige head, very nice lacing. Roasty hoppiness on the nose, somewhat bright. A bit of citrus peel as well. Similar on the tongue, a bit astringent. A little rough on the finish, sweet citrusy peel, a bit candyish, also some roasted malts. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. A bit of alcohol on the exit, minor, witih a little roasted astringency, hoppiness, and sweet citrus peel.   Thanks to Skyview for the bottle! jgb9348 (6586) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Deep super dark brown coloured body with a very thin tan head, about half a centimetre tall. Aroma of oak, roasted malt, raisins, figs, earth, milk chocolate, prunes, alcohol and hints of yeast. Medium-bodied; Strong malt flavours with some earth, peanuts, walnuts and a decent amount of pit fruit sweetness, highlighted with figs. Aftertaste shows a good deal of alcohol, but well tempered by the sweetness and the yeast-forward flavours with bread and earth up front as well. Overall, a nice beer that is more ’american strong’ than a barley-wine, but great to sample. This has aged well and there are no harsh flavours at all, with only a tiny bit of bread and yeast noticeable and just a smooth sweetness from pit fruits on the tail end. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Discount Liqour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 05-September-2012 for US$2,49 sampled at home in Washington on finally a chilly day on 12-February-2015. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Courtesy of ughsmash via tradenuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, grapefruit, faint fruit, alcohol, and roast. It pours a dark brown with some red highlights and a small khaki head with some sporadic lacing. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and faint Belgian yeast. The finish has moderate grapefruit and a touch of roast. It’s medium bodied with with mild carbonation.
12oz bottle. Opaque brown-black, respectable beige head. Sweet piny chocolate tones, woody, resinous, maybe some burnt coffee as well. This beer would be awesome barrel aged. Dry, chocolate hop bitterness, not unlike a Black IPA, but with the Belgian yeast really adding dimension and complexity. Big rich flavor, but quite drinkable. Well done! JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Deep mahogany color with a moderate sized tan head. Hops abound in the aroma with some anise and licorice. Just a few hints of toasted to roasted malt. Hops jump out in the flavors as well. With grapefruit and spice. Dark malt add some bitterness and touch of ash. I find this to be a cross between a black IIPA and the moniker it has be bestowed from the brewer. 12/11