douglas88 (9420) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2011
12 ounce bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a murky brown/red color with a small light beige head. A dusty sweet nose, berries and smoke. The flavor is rich and a dead on Scottish Barley Wine (!); sweet caramel, dusty massive malts, some heat, berries, even some earthy sweetness akin to oak. Very nice. Nothing aggressive here, a smooth sipper. Very nice. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
330ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, toffee, light butterscotch, light molasses, slight toasting, and a hint of wood. Poured deep amber/mahogany/copper in color with a small, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, toffee, slight toasting, and some maple sugar. Medium body. Average texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt and toffee finish. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout. This beer just does nothing for me. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
330. Pours a clear dark brown with rubied edges. Loose creamy tan suds up top. They don’t really stick around all that long. Big toffee and caramel nose--we love to talk about how lots of beers smell and taste like toffee and caramel, but nobody really corners the market on those essences the way the big UK barleywines ride ’em out at the front of the herd. Creamy, sticky medium body. Surprised it’s not much bigger and thicker, given the stickiness and the abv. Oh, wait. It’s british. Never mind. Toffee, plums, caramel, butterscotch, dates, figs, the whole megilla: christmas morning, fire in the fireplace, stocking full of fruitcake, nobody can understand why you’re drunk already. That’s what this tastes like. Hides the booze reasonably well--oh, yeah. You’re also one of the people who can’t understand why you’re so drunk already. Tasty stuff, worth repeats. Not sure if it’s worth stacking up a case for aging, though that’s clearly the suggestion. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a deep, mahogany brown body with a medium sized, khaki head. Huge aromas of brown sugar and dates. Cereal, toffee, alcohol, caramelization, vanilla. Very deep. Flavors of brown sugar, caramelization, prunes, dates, dark fruits. Brandy. Good. Could probably use 2 years of age to its benefit. Medium to lively bubbles. A bit of booze and esters. Nicely balanced for a young strong ale. Tasty. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
bottle from whole foods novato. pour s avery deep hahogony with a decent sized khaki head, nice retention. decent old ale-ish flavor, a lil crisp. this might be really damn great in 5 years or so, we will see.
marcus (10333) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Bottle from City Beer. Pours reddish brown with a sweet fruity aroma and a modest tan head. There is a sweet smoked malt flavor with a thick molasses finish. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2011
11.2 oz. bottle, fresh. Pours clear, showing a deep, purplish-garnet colored body with a relatively small, smooth head of khaki foam. The froth settles to a thin film with a pronounced, lasting ring, each tilt of the glass leaving behind a dense wash. A few rounded, horizontal flares of lacing manage to stay behind. The nose is certainly on the sweet side for a barleywine, based in toasted marshmallow most prominently, with notes of singed maple sugar, dates, and pecans trailing in varying prominence. There might be a bit of toffee in there but not much. Hops are primarily floral, with just a dash of citrus. Flavors are a little more balanced, as the toastiness of the sugars lends a bit of edge to the sweeter notes of candied pecans and maple glazed dates. The marshmallow drops off a bit, continuing the balancing theme, though it still largely remains a sweet barleywine overall. Lightly zesty floral bitterness is all that backs up the toast in keeping the malts at bay, but it does a fairly decent job. The palate falls somewhere between medium and full bodied, laden with sugars, yet somehow at least manageably dry. Carbonation is moderate throughout. Good brew on the whole, though this sweeter style doesn’t really tickle my funny bone. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2011
The aroma is very rich and sweet with toasted caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, and alcohol. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The taste is somewhat like the aroma but is very bitter. The palate is smooth and thick. Overall I am not entirely impressed maybe it needs 10 more years. However, this is still a good beer. hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle. Poured a deep mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, some earthiness, and some woodiness. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, lighter earthiness, chocolate, and some roast. Smooth and easy drinking for 10%. bhensonb (15345) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours darkly ruddy with a foamy beige/tan head. Aroma is darkly fruity and slightly malty. Med body. Flavor is maple?, roasted malt, and hints of dark fruits. Treacle. Brown sugar. Sea weed? Wood. For something that starts simple it gets fairly complex. And the heat isn’t even there. An ale that just stands alone. I doubt there’s anything similar.