psydtamales (43) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 27, 2017
By far my favorite Mash variant. Also consistently one of my favorite BA coffee beers. Even with time on it the coffee is still present. I’ve had it at the Bruery multiple times & it’s never disappointed. Falls short of something like Ground State for being thinner, but both are world class. Portola coffee always delivers & this is no exception. Especially South American coffee. anders37 (26194) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2017
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty coffee aroma with hints of caramel. Fruity malty coffee chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty coffee caramel finish. VastActiv (6942) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Tap at Bruery, Placentia. Colour is clear dark orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Coffee, dryness, dry fruits, raisins and malts. Dry barley wine. Alengrin (5249) - BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2016
One of these Bruery beers which is only available through their hoarders’ society, a coffee-flavored barley wine. At B.U.M.B. in Antwerp. Lightly lacing, pale beige, moussy, thin rim of a head over a clear, amberish copper bronze beer. Rich and perfumey bouquet of rum-soaked raisins, cognac, candi sugar, maple syrup, honey liqueur, vanilla, wodka, glue, faint hint of coffee, marmelade, orange peel. Clean fruitiness in the mouth, quite intense, candied fig and marmelade, underlying basic sourish touch, soft carbo with very vinous, oily mouthfeel, very smooth but thick, caramelly malt sweetness with a light toasted hint in the end blending well with a vague bitterish and delicate coffee hint, spicy hops as well, lots of warming but non-astringent, brandy-like alcohol. Very rich, almost overwhelming barley wine, typical high AVB Bruery, delicious and doubtlessly with an interesting ageing potential. MarcoDL (4844) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2016
At Hopishop 2016. Aroma of coffee, cream, malt, vanilla and caramel. Rich flavor of raisin, vanilla, coffee, bourbon, ripe fruit and cream. Fantastic.
vincentvega72 (726) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2016
Sublieme barley-wine die écht balanceert op de grens met een stout. Dik vol in de mond met lange warme afdronk. Verraderlijk bier want alcohol bijna niet waarneembaar. Subliem. 77ships (9638) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2016
Thank you! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ HopisHop B.U.M.B. 2016. Dark brown amber, little tanned head. Nose is nicely boozy, warming brown sugar, spirit, oak, sugar, herbal, good cough syrup, molasses. Taste really improved as it got warmer, more sugar, more sweetness, rich bourbon upfront, sugar, faint varnish boozy, vanilla sugar & fragipan, faint pine, sugar, didn’t get the coffee but a very nice, very big Barley wine. Body is bourbon, very thick, sugar, frangipane. This is the good stuff for the fans. Ferris (15013) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2016
Tap room - Nice roast coffee bean. Clear copper and a decent light beige head. Coffee and some malts with a long grain like finish. GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2016
Cloudy rusty brown with virtually no head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, hint of green pepper. Medium-full bodied, lightly sweet on the palate with a complex finish. Taste is coffee, dates, toasted nuts. Yum. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2016
750ml bottle pour, 2014 vintage courtesy of JPDurden24, exhibits a copper to amber body that supports a thin off white head. The aroma offers up molasses nuanced pine hops, muted sweetened coffee and booze. The taste delivers smooth molasses and sweet malts with a bit of pine off in the background. To midway a mild coffee note comes to the surface. It seems maybe the coffee has rolled off some. Pretty nice yet a little rough and boozy.