zentaoist42 (11) - Hayward, California, USA - FEB 25, 2016
The bottle I had was cellar aged for over a year, mellowing out the hope bitterness to let the malt really come through. Lots of fruit flavor in this beer, especially that of cherries and apricots, apples to a lesser extent. The beer pours a deep, rich copper, almost ruby red with an ephemeral, lacey white head that clings to the side of the glass. The aromas o fruit tell no lie, as they are up front in the taste, but slowly yield to the caramel malts and a hint of chocolate. A month finish makes this barley wine style beer one of the best dessert beers. thedm (6309) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2015
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy fine to medium sized dark tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light red brown colored body and a very good lacing. The nice aroma was candy spicy floral and bready. The sharp accents of a smooth mildly vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a bitter caramel hop aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of mildly acidic roasted malt cloves mild citrus toffee vinous spices floral caramel breads and hops. A wonderful best in class brew. braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Rich dark red in color that is clear with minimal white head that disappears, except for a small ring around the inside of the glass. Strong aromas of booze and fruit. Very heavy tastes. Notes of cherry and a touch of smokiness. Very malty, a bit of sweet apple comes out in the finish. Alcohol is surprisingly masked but is still detectable. Late spice comes on at the finish. Medium carbonation. This is one for sipping. Very nice warming effect. Very nice ale that has a lot going on. Only complaint is the sweetness and richness is a little much but overall I still like this alot.
jgb9348 (6434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Rich copper, ruby, rose and violet coloured body with beautiful tints and a thin, oily tan head on top - this looks like an old. Aroma of basement, must, caramel, toffee, rye, specialty grains, metal and a bit of deep honey and floral notes. Medium-bodied; Assertive musty and malty flavours with a good dose of alcohol, metal, caramel, toffee, earth and dry oaky notes are noticeable throughout the entire taste. Aftertaste shows a complexity that rivals others of the best from this style - a good musty flavour with some nuts, earth, oak, vanilla, pit fruit and caramel sweetness that shows immediately that this isn’t a barley wine or similar - this is definitely an old ale. Overall, a very nice beer for the style and showing amazing complexity and depth, but the initial flavours, smell and look especially make this perhaps one of the best olds i’ve ever had! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington on 10-February-2013 for US$6.79 sampled at home in [the real] Washington on the other end of the country on 09-March-2014.
Best By Date? On Bottle: 04-23-2013 / Purchased in Feb-2013 / Sampled ~13 months later in March 2014 WABeerFiend (413) - - NOV 23, 2015
11.2015 edition. Poured from a bomber on 11.22.15. A: Pear, cherries, raisins, anise, caramel, brown sugar, and banana. Wow. Super complex. A: 1/2 finger off-white head that fades to a small ring. Clear dark red body. T: Follows the nose. P: Oily. Slightly astringent on the finish. Light in the mouth. O: The alcohol just isn’t there. This is better than the barrel aged barleywines that I’ve tried.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle, courtesy of my dad. Liked this one a lot more than I expected. Amber pour with a white head. Aroma is super tantalizing and dessert like, loaded with sticky dates, cherry, toffee, with a whiff of vanilla. The flavor is along similar lines, with sweet bready malts and a bit of a dried apricot quality as well. Has a rich, sticky body. Very low bitterness. This is pretty sweet throughout and is definitely a dessert beer. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Courtesy of riversideAK, thanks Alex. Pours slightly hazy deep copper with thin tan head. The aroma has rich sticky malts, prunes and a bit of toffee and caramel candy. Smells of pure yum. The taste is rich for sure with sludgy sweet sticky malts mixing with prunes and dried peach wedges and a bit of dark grape jelly too. Around the edges of the malts and dark fruity esters are mostly echoes of pine hop resiny bitterness. The hops are there but well off in the background. This is a very nice barleywine. Wow! trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Can’t believe I’m the first to rate this one. On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 09. Pours a ruby copper with a dense head. Great-looking. Ripe fruits, even a slightly tart aroma. Great hop / malt balance - this is really, really smooth. Not too potent - extremely drinkable - but at the same time, not outstanding in any way. carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
on tap at hardliver 2009. clear dark copper color with a medium head. aroma of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar. taste is sweet and almost salty a bit. killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2011
22 oz. from Freddie’s. This is a great strong ale! Smells of pine and berries. Very appropriate for the season. Thick, rich, and viscous. Lots of big fat bubbles mix with the brandy-like concoction to make this one to be savored. No alcohol heat to speak of. Will probably grab one to cellar as well.