WildBillBeer (1) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2011 does not count
This is a very good tasting barley wine, given the high alcohol content. The brewer, from Belgium, has their operations in Romania brewing this beer and the results appear to be a fine quality brew at a very good price point. The aroma is strong but not over powering, and the first sip attacks the palette. After your palette settles into the butterscotch flavor, the subsequent sips settle quite well in the mouth. If you don’t like barley wine or cognac, then this beer is not for you. I was surprised how smooth this is, and the golden color gives it a good appearance. I drank this beer in a brandy snifter. I would not recommend operating heavy machinery or equipment after drinking this beer. dnicolaescu (2707) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - DEC 18, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2017 BOTTLE 50 CL. Clear brandy color, zero retention head. The aroma is pretty much Oloroso sherry, dry and oxidized, oily and nutty. The flavour is there as well, dry and oxidized, with just a hint of sweetness, just a bit if residual cereals, a bit thin and with a slight hint of paper in the finish. After six year in the bottle, it just not the beer it was supposed to be. It tastes like Oloroso and I like sherry. Maersk (340) - MOLDOVA - JAN 17, 2017
Amber, a bit hazy, no head. Alcohol, ripe fruit, dried fruit, port wine. Well balanced, sweet, alcoholic. Good. GhostS (515) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JAN 30, 2017
Strong aroma of caramel with alcohol, juicy fruits with syrup and alcohol, rum, raisins, quince jam. Taste of caramel with quince jam and lot of alcohol (too much), slightly sour white wine, alcoholized fruits, some sweetness in the background. Very good! jimhilt (2626) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Straight up pour only a two finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Wicked carbonation and medium bodied. Honey nose and flavor is fizzy honey, looking for hops maybe a hint at finish. Easy to drink but bad example of a barleywine, for about the same money Dogfish Head Olde School is much better. Very high ABV is hidden. $4.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
sjogro (4734) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2017
Sampled from bottle at THT June at kwartje. Near clear pale amber and no head. Caramel and stroopwafels. Big sweet and light bitter. Medium body, slick and low carbonation. Cybercat (6145) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pours a pretty, if typical, clear amber with a respectable off-white head that does not stick around too long. Strong, fruity aroma is more like apple brandy than beer, and packs a punch. Flavor is - HOLY GUACAMOLE, is this beer, or brandy? Alcohol bite is quite fierce, overpowering the fruity and yeasty components. A fine beer if you like brandy, but it packs quite a wallop - this will knock you on your ***. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, but the alcohol bite is as fierce as an angry Rottweiler. Fine for barleywine and brandy lovers - this beer is not for the faint of heart! Maakun (6434) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2017
7 3 6 3 13 Bottle shared at THT thanks to mariuspoenari. 5 years old. Clear dark golden with short lasting white head. Marzipan, caramel, cognac, light sherry, light bread, alcohol, oxidized old fruits. Over medium sweet and alcoholic bitter. Full bodied with lots of alcohol. Not bad at all, the age probably helped a lot. ectuohy27 (1245) - ESTONIA - JUN 26, 2011
It’s...interesting. $2.69 for 75 grams alcohol--aka 188 mL/6 US shots. "pack a punch" is a hilarious understatement--’packs a professional punishment beating" is more like it. I once fell asleep on the floor of Galati train station--near the brewery, no doubt--and this tastes exactly like that, except w/some weird smooth-honey notes and some almost dessert-wine hints of texture and palate, though bombed out by poor-quality hops and, oh, freight trains’ worth of alcohol (Brighton) Patrickctenchi (6731) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
Sample: Courtesy Shrubber.
Pours an odd, brandy/gasoline colour...like a thin lamp oil....no head.
Aroma is...almond-tinted latex paint, honey and nuts.
Taste is sweet peanut, honey, carmelized sugar.....boozy.
Sweet, alcohol burn....though not as pronounced as expected....
Pretty rough, but not near as bad as the ratings portray it....I rather liked it...though I’m not sure why.