Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2012
strong fruity aroma. very light body. spicy finish with a set up front. pretty good can’t put my finger on it mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2013
650ml bottle. Pours a clear pale orange amber with a one finger off white head. Aroma is a mix of floral/earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is primarily sweet with a weak hop background. Aroma and flavor are not as intense as some Barlywines. Medium palate with a warm finish. HeadyDE (841) - Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Draft offering..copper red color..good lacing..aroma of dark fruit..plum..sweet malt..bit surprised of how this hides the abv quite well..pleasantly surprised by this..medium body..nice mouthfeel.. Kavu (4785) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2014
0,65l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours hazy amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is malts with some fruits and alcohol. Flavor is malts, fruits, alcohol and hops. Good stuff. tekstr1der (490) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2015
It took a second impression on this to pick up some subtleties. First impression was mostly imbalanced burning alcohol. As a big fan of the single Thumper, I’m surprised they can pull some of the malty goodness up at this ABV. This gets more exciting as it warms, and complex fruity flavors develop. Finish still has a bit of an alcohol bite, but it’s a pretty big beer!
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
22oz twist off cap bomber pours clear pure amber with mostly tight 2 minute long head. I can easily smell the molasses, spicy maple, fusel like booziness and butterscotch long before I get close enough to aromatically interrogate the beer. A closer inspection reveals an intermingling of volcanically violent notes of butterscotch and caramel as well as slightly lesser notes of spicy black strap molasses, roasted malts, harsh booziness and fading levels of caramel and butterscotch. The taste has malts, roasted malts, black strap molasses, harsh boozy notes and fading hints of caramel and butterscotch. The harsh booziness get worse as the finish approaches and makes me wish the buttery popcorn and butterscotch notes would return in vigor to help quell boozy attack. I think there may be some merit in aging this. thornecb (5909) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Butterscotch and anise aromas. Sweet butterscotch upfront turning hot before the dry, lasting bitter pith finish. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2011
On tap at 38 Degrees, Alhambra, Los Angeles. Copper colour. Fruity caramel aroma and flavours. Fails to excel. drjay44 (3708) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2011
650 ml. screw top bottle. Pours a medium, long lasting off white head, over a clear,, amber (SRM 8) body....nose is light toffee/caramel, light dried fruits (raisin, fig) with a bit of light dusty, musty tone....taste is sweet caramel/toffee to start then light raisin, plum, leading to a sharper bitter finish....mouth feel is light of medium, carbonation adds a nice foamy qualia. This Barley Wine is sweeter, and lighter on bitterness than many. These help it to fall into an English Barley Wine style, rather than an American Barley Wine. The layers of flavor from both the malt and hop back bones are lighter and less complex than is often found. But aging may help. Why use a screw top on what is supposed to be a good ageable beer?? BJCP 7/3/13/4/7 Cuso (8687) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle from coldbrewky, many thanks. Shared with Karol and Gurthnar. Hazy golden color with medium beige head. Fruity, malty aroma. Sweet taste with some fruits, honey, malt, caramel and floral hops. Long hoppy finish. Good.