fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Pours a very dark brown with a tall, creamy, tan head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is rich caramel, toasted nuts, citrus and pine hops, a touch of dark fruit and what seems like lactose sweetness. Flavor is rich dark caramel, anise, light charred roast, leather, bitter tobacco, pine and citrus hops. Sweet chocolate, roasted pecans and resinous hops to the finish. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, creamy, a little syrupy, lightly carbonated and off dry to the finish. Nice, tasty barley wine, there is a lingering bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue, that I could do without, but I would love to see how this stuff evolves over time. Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Pours a very deep dark amber brown with medium dark cream head. Aroma predominately malt but can definitely distinguish the hops. Flavor is alot more balanced then I expected. A kick in the mouth on both fronts of malts and hops. Hops are bigger than expected but I actually really like that. Candy like sweetness but finishes really clean and smooth. I found this beer excellent yet hard to describe. Would really like to see how it turns out after a year in the cellar. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Pours a deep amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, molasses, light chocolate and fruity notes. Flavor of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, toffee and other fruity notes. dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Wow, this is one truly fantastic beer. Rich aroma, very dark black color. This beer is tasty from the head to the last drop. Rich molasses and chocolate, tons of hops, an excellent finish. I truly hope that they offer this beer henceforward, preferably a tad cheaper and in a six-pack. Jackpot on this one!! swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
draft @ Coles, Buffalo, NY. Dark black pour. Aromas of dark malts & liyttle else. Taste is dark malts, licorice, anise, dried fruits, dark chocolate. Licorice is pretty intense & really lingers on the palate. Fuller mouthfeel. Little aroma & lots of flavor but sort of jumbled
gormanb (174) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2010
aroma- heavy dough, yeast, white grape, caramel, roasted malt. pours dark reddish black with about 3/4th of an inch of light tan head. creamy, thick palate with carbonation in the background. taste is of sweet caramel, toffee, dark coffee, chocolate, cherry and other dark fruit. Finishes hoppy, bitter with vanilla in the aftertaste. Very well balanced and complex, great beer! RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Pours black/dark brown with a red highlights and a thick light tan head that lasts for ages. Great appearance. Aroma of caramel, chocolate covered figs, grapefruit, port, light maple, and hazelnut coffee. Interesting nose, which was much more noticable after letting the glass sit around a bit. Flavor is a similar and well rounded with caramel, brown sugar, mild maple, port, figs, grapefruit, earth, and a substantial bitterness throughout the flavor. Finishes bitter and fruity with plums, grapefruit and a sweetened bitterness that seems dark in character without taking on much coffee/espresso character. Full bodied and very creamy and rounded mouthfeel. Very little heat detected, this is just a joy to drink. Good barley wine that doesn’t QUITE reach greatness, despite the excellent appearance and palate. thefederalist (311) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
750ml. Pours dark brown with a medium white head. Aroma of booze and dark malt. A lot of flavor, but not a lot of flavors. hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2010
750 corked and caged. A nice tasting barleywine but i would definetly sit this one for a year or two. drinkable, not offensive but would be better with some age. a little burn. nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Source:On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington.
Glass:10 oz snifter.
Appearance:Hazy brown pour with a thin beige head.
Aroma:Aroma is mainly of caramel and resinous hops. Hints of spice and citrus abound.
Flavor:Flavor was a sweet malt base with a solid hoppy finish and lingering presence.
Palate:Medium/full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:This didn’t have as much roast in the flavor as some Black IPAs do. The overall hop presence was great, but this wasn’t much more than a black colored Bigfoot (Sinamar?). Overall a very good beer, but when I heard Black Barleywine, I was expecting different and better. At the heart, this was a victim of the advertising.