mcberko (19805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
750mL bottle, pours black with a big beige head. Aroma of pine, chocolate, caramel and slight dark fruits. Flavour is much bigger, with complex fruitiness, caramel malts, a bit of chocolate, roasted malt and and a burnt quality. Excellent concoction here. harrisoni (19534) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle at Chriso FullersGales tasting. Black beer with lasting beige head. Staleish hoppy aroma. Better in mouth. Its good really tasty lovely chocgood hop good balance. Hits you on the backside. Oakes (19370) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Very dark brown. Thin foam. Has a black IPA aroma of wood and floral hops, and slightly chocolatey black malts. Tastes more like a bw, with lots of malt, fairly chewy, and some alcohol late with light chocolate. A fairly high hop bitterness. rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2011. Dark amber beer, smallhead. Malty aroma, figs, raisins, dades, sweetish with only notes of hops. Malty nutty flavor, alcohol, sweet fruits, grass and bread, a bit sugary. jtclockwork (17631) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours black. Off white head. Nose of chocolate malts, toffee, caramel candy and hops. Taste of chocolate, rich licorice, toffee, hops and caramel malts. Thick and rich.
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with about a finger’s worth of tan head on top.
S: Sweet dark malts, toffee, and slightly burnt sugar lead the nose. Some slightly piney hops along with an alcohol note.
T: The flavor is a bit harsh. The hops and burnt character of the malt give a very bitter feel right away. The alcohol is also noticeable, though this seems like less of a problem to me. The sweetness is there, with some toffee and caramel, but certainly overshadowed by the bitterness.
M: The body is excellent (quite full), with a smooth, low carbonation.
D: I hope this one improves as it ages. As it stands, this is not a beer I would drink fresh.
Dedollewaitor (16543) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle @ J&C, Friday Session Tasting, 2011. Thanks. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head .Nose is sweet and vinous. Chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol.Chewy malty. A bit of raison, sweet and salty liquorice and alcohol. Full bodied. Lovely B. W - the best I’ve had in a while! djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a medium frothy light tan head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is a roasted malt and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a light roasted malt and chocolate hiding the alcohol decently making it easy to drink. A very good barleywine fom Sierra Nevada. Scopey (16227) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting (thanks to EdKing). It pours very dark brown, with a moderate tan head. The nose is pine, treacle, resin, sweet caramel, brown sugar and ground coffee. The taste is pine, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, dark fruit (fig, prune and currant), charcoal, roasted malt, coffee, booze and solid bitterness, with a dry, warming finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Decent stuff indeed. bhensonb (15965) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 5, 2010
750 c&c from Nugget Market in Woodland, CA. Pours black - but ruby in front of halogen - with a 4 finger foamy beige/tan head. Smells much like an IS. Medium plus body with creamy carbonation. Seems smokey. Lots of smooth burnt malt. So it has malt sweetness, but nothing like the typical sugary barleywine. There’s a lot of hop bitter to balance this one. The finish is lightly sweet with a lot of hop bitter. With time the aroma has a substantial amount of hop. It’s so smooth. It is so drinkable.