dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2007 bottle. I've been saving this for a long time. Pours dark brown with a small off white. Nose is cotton candy, caramel, hay, pastry and booze. The taste is still bitter. Wow. Good base sweetness but the flavor has rounded out so well. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, body is heavy and finish is long.
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Notes from my backlog: Opaque pour with a khaki ring of head. Big boozy aroma. Licorice, anise, alcohol- stings the nostrils. Big alcoholic palate. Lots of burn and ethanol in the flavor. Licorice, salty notes. Abrasive with no subtlety. tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - APR 14, 2012
Bottle 33 cl, trade. Pours deep dark redish amber with a small beige head leaving lace. Aroma is very malty, bready, sweet raisins and fidges, fruits, caramel and a bit spicy. Flavor is light malty and sweet eith some raisins to begin with, more malty body bitterness and some phenolic fruits in the middle finishing with pungent bitter and dry aftertaste together with warming alcohol. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pours clear light ruby with little head. Smell is light/mild, very dark fruit, lighter brown sugar smells. Spicy taste, sweet, fruity, juicy, medium bodied, bit of alcohol heat. Good. joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Pours a red orange in tint, pretty light looking with a slight layer of see through head. Smells malt driven as is typical of barley-wines, however I could still sense hops, which is interesting. It is extremely malty, I could almost taste cherry. Decent barleywine overall.
mcberko (18949) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
3 oz. sample on tap at Brouwer’s Café for Hard Liver, pours dark mahogany. Aroma of light toasted malts and caramel – pretty one-dimensional. Flavour is very syrupy, overly sweet caramel and candy. Palate is way too syrupy and cloying. A little offensive, really. Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Medium amber brown, white head. Brown sugar, slightly doughy nose with toffee, herbal, resinous hops also notable. Tastes a bit like cookie dough, maple, more brown sugar, dried fruit, lots of floral and resinous hops finishing it out with a lingering bitter. Bold and tasty with enough balance to make the sweetness tolerable. Definitely a nice American style barleywine. lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
To start this barley wine off, it poured a deep hazy chestnut brown with golden amber highlights. It quickly built a tight single-finger thick fawn colored head of large bubbles that fell within 30 seconds to a thin island and collar around the glass with no lace to speak of. Initially there were some minuscule streams of tiny bubbles peppering the liquid, but in no time at all, it ended up appearing fairly flat with no visible carbonation.
The nose was predominantly a bourbon-like alcohol that "burns the nostrils." I would be hard-pressed to say that Speakeasy even remotely tried to cover up the glaringly obvious 10.2%ABV in Old Godfather, and I might go so far as to say that all of the grains and malts in it only further exacerbate the ethanol scent. It held barley and oats up front with pale and crystal malts - pale coming through more aggressively than the crystal, but both are definitely present. There were rich dominant caramel malts drenched in super sweet brown sugar molasses and cooked with real maple syrup. No Aunt Jemima here. There was also an odd warm, burnt toffee with chocolate notes that didn’t quite seem to fit in, as well as an even odder hint of overripe cherries lingering and fermenting way underneath. I found it hard to tell if there were any hops at all, though through a little research, others claim to have found both pine and citrus quite easily - which I can totally get on board with when I think about it, but otherwise I just can’t seem to get past the glaring caramel and alcohol.
Dipping into it, my tongue was washed over with the bourbony alcohol right off the bat. I was actually a little surprised to find it thinner in the mouthfeel with a lighter-medium body, which I expected to be a little thicker due to the high ABV. Even the carbonation was lacking - though it still managed to bite my tongue with a combination of alcohol, something bright and citrusy that I couldn’t pick out in the nose, and some bold bitter hops that also hid from the aroma. After the initial bitter overload, the in-your-face pale and crystal malts came out swathed in a rich caramel sauce accented with brown sugar and molasses, which made it very candy-sweet and just shy of syrupy. The flavors didn’t last much longer after I swallowed, and it finished very dry with tongue-numbing effects. r464 (2370) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Quite strong in the floral hoppiness of aroma and flavor. Sweet, with a flavor of dried fruit, hops, sweet malts, and nuts. Strong, worthy of a long savory drink. madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2011
27th March 2009
Hazy amber beer. Low carbonation. Soft to medium palate. Sweet malt that quickly gives way to sweet fruit overlaid by briney hops and an aniseed alcohol warming finish.