ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22oz bottle (repeatedly poured) into a snifter.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a beautiful glow. Given the small glass size, there isn’t much head - just a thin off-white film, and even that retains itself poorly. The beautiful shade gives it a few extra brownie points.
S: Lots of caramel, toffee, and earth in this one. The hops seem faded at this point (not unexpected) with only faint notes of melon, peach, and lemongrass. I also pick up additional oaky, vanilla tones as it opens up in the glass. Competent without bowling me over in any way.
T: This opens very fruity on the tongue. There are still some front-loaded hop flavors (it’s almost like a lemon cake, in a manner), without any obnoxious bitterness anywhere on the palate. Finish is subtly oaky, but more dominated by sweet, buttery vanilla - and after some time, some boozy touches. The end result is a very sweet brew best suited for dessert, but with a surprising drinkability level. Not amazingly complex, though.
M: It’s thick yet soft on the palate - as a barleywine should be - though perhaps a bit too prickly at times. Once carbonation softens, the full texture is allowed to shine through. Oak helps to dry the finish up slightly; this is why it’s relatively drinkable.
O: This seems to strike a middle ground between the hoppy American barleywine and the sweet, desserty English barleywine - and truth be told, I’m more reminded of the latter here. Oddly for the style, this is best when it’s very cold; it becomes rather imbalanced and even harsh when warmed up sufficiently. S_Side_Smitty (776) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Pours amber-brown - surprisingly clear - with a thin light tan head. Aroma is roasted grains and oak. Combined with the alcohol, the aroma is reminiscent of whiskey. Taste is nice. Molasses & grains up front with a brief, but noticeable flash of alcohol in the mid palate, then smoothing out to a nice oak infused heavy malt finish. The oak really refines this barley wine. Really nice. cards04 (2831) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 8, 2013
One of my new favourites. Pours a dark toffee colour with creamy off white head. Heady aromas of bubblegum, caramel, and vanilla. Sweet caramel flavours. Tonnes of vanilla and oak. Just enough bitterness on end to keep it from being cloying. Holy cow this is good. Much better than the original in my opinion. madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
5th January 2013argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Almost clear amber - brown beer. Tidy cream coloured head. Palate is semi soft with fine carbonation. Creamy malt with a little oaky vanilla but nowhere near as much as other Oak Aged Southern Tier beers. Some alcohol aniseed but no heat. Nice mellow hops - orange with a touch of mint. Finishes semi dry with jammy fruits coming to the fore. Hangs together very well. Very drinkable.
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some grapefruit/pine, wood, toast, light vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, toast, grapefruit, some wood. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2013
bottle from the local grocer. grocer shelf whalez bro! pours light mahogany amber with a tan head. nose has toast, oak, and booze. taste is same with a bold body. booze burn on the finish. yay! savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 15, 2013
22oz bottle. Clear amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma of toffee, vanilla, caramel, oak and some citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malt, dry oak, bitter hops and some mild alcohol. Medium body with a soft mouth feel. Great barley wine, the oak goes great with the base beer. BrewBoxer (2653) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Draft at shortys . Deep brown color. Taste is sweet of toffee and smokey taste. Little boozy with a nice aftertaste.
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From a 22 oz bottle...probably a few months old.
Poured in a medium Duvel glass.
Dark amber with small head & lace.
Light malt aroma.
Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark roasted malts, caramel, oak barrel, sweet malts, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, powder sugar, molasses. Big and bold, strong, rich, robust with a prominent malt body, and for me, balanced and very tasty. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2013
650 ml bottle courtesy of Jesterdeal. Thanks. Pours a roan brown color with a small beige head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The nose is somewhat pungent with classic barleywine aromas of toffee, roasted grains, sherry, vanilla and some oak. The taste features toffee, caramel, earthy hops and a touch of sherry. The mouthfeel was uneven starting thin but building to a pasty conclusion, and the carbonation was soft. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: A decent BW that should age well.