jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Pours ebony black into the glass with a large light brown head. Nose is carmel and hops. Very creamy on the palate with a thick viscosity. The taste is full of dark roasted malt, chocolate, toffee with a slight hops finish. An excellent beer that pairs well with red meats off the grill or stands alone as an excellent nightcap. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2012
Nice dark pour with a lasting head. Has a nice dark fruit scent, bold fruit flavored with an incredibly smooth alcohol taste.
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Poured this at a good temperature with a huge, foamy, frothy, billowy, light tan head that lasts a while and some lace. Color is a clear mahoganey with a few bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, roast, fruit, hint of licorice. Flavor is similar to nose, very smooth, on the mild side, fairly dry up front, then bitter, fruity, and a little carbonic tang. Body & carbonation are good. Finish alternates bitter/sweet, long and boozy. Fairly drinkable except, I suspect the strength. reggiedunlop (3717) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Pours deep brown/black with a thick tan head. Aroma is mild but has a roastiness with delicate spicy hop notes. Flavor is hop forward with herbal and spicy hop notes and some burnt roasty malt notes and faint dark chocolate following. Mouthfeel is heavy and silky with a bitter, roasty warming finish. Very interesting and tasty! Ibrew2or3 (8607) - 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.
beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Pours clear, nearly black. Small wispy tan head, lasting with some decent lacing.. Aroma is sweet and sticky. Caramel, toffee, overripe red fruits, dark fruit. Flavor doesn’t quite stand out like the aroma does, s little more chocolate and roast.. Medium body. Finishes with pleasant alcohol warmth that falls just short of being boozy. Moderate piney bitterness. A little dryness. Pretty balanced. Quite smooth. I enjoyed this take on barley wines, looking forward the bourbon barrel version on deck next. nuplastikk (6206) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2012
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! douglas88 (9049) - 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. ZippThePitBull (9) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2012 does not count
This is a very interesting beer. I didn’t know what to think but I soon found myself looking for more. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Dark black with a large creamy brown cap. Aroma of licorice, dark malts, peated malts, citrus and light molasses. Taste is sweet and malty with licorice, citrus, peat, alcohol, dark chocolate and some earthy notes.