drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
2/11/11. 11.2oz bottle. Suprisingly clear deep red pour with a small tan head that fades fast. Big dark fruit aroma mixed with sweet malts and a dash of roasted malts. Sweet fruity flavor up front that fades to a surprising amount of roast, char, and almost smoke. Pretty nice! Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Expensive 11.2oz bottle pours garnet – amber with thin tan head. The aroma has an even mix of spices, toffee, black strap molasses, prunes, cherries, figs and sweet molasses. This smells like this beer has great potential with some age and also smells great right now. The taste is very good right now and makes me wish this was cheaper so I can buy more. I get prunes, sweet dates and then boysenberry mixing with molasses. It picks up spiciness midway and ends with sweet prunes, a touch of caramel candy and slick sweet molasses all in the forefront. This is easy drinkin’ stuff for a beer that is meant to be aged. Yum! j12601 (11573) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear caramel brown with a thin to medium sized white to beige head. Big caramel, toffee, toast on the nose. Chewy toffee and caramel flavors. Long warm booze on the finish, chewy and yummy. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2011
bottle. Rich red-brown garnet and gleaming. Not much of a head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, with fresh dates, hint of alcohol in background. Sticky toffee pudding. Some brown bread. Nice juicy body. Finishes with long-lasting dark bread. Yum with lots of big dried fruit in the middle. Alcohol dries out the finish. Delicious fruity dark bread, or dark fruit bread. Finishes slightly woody and pleasantly tannic. Chocolate comes out late. Very nice. Tmoney99 (14457) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with a moderate rocky off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy dark fruit and earthy malt aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex caramel malt with a medium to heavy complex finish with a small alcohol bite of moderate to long duration. This is a very good brew.
Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Chestnut brown with mahogany accents. No head. The aroma is fruity - mainly dates - and promises an oxidized character. Very sweet - treacly - on the palate. Almost corn syrup sweetness. Fairly soft, creamy body. There isn’t much alcohol taste but it still drinks big. Kavu (4783) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2011
Pours dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is spices and malts, as is mostly the flavor. Very nice and balanced. drfabulous (7938) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Sweet, caramel ale. Barley wine or old ale? Some brown sugar in there. Taste is very nice and smooth. 10 percent well hidden. Very nice. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2011
the site calls it a barleywine, but the bottle says its a scotch ale. its pretty impressive regardless. pours a dark brick head with a short but sticky large bubble head. i smell apples and bourbon. flavor is raisins, dates, brown sugar rum, some pear, figs. a mild alcohol burn and somewhat buttery on the palette. very well done i must say. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2011
330mL bottle - Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia. Best Before End April 2020.
Appearance: Pours out a deep brownish-red body with a wispy, ivory-hued head thinning out into the appearance of a werebat in flight.
Smell: Sweet-scented nose of bread pudding immersed in a hotel pan filled with chopped quality fruits, top-shelf liquor, sugary liquids, and stray wood shavings.
Taste: Golden raisins, currants, and chewy Deglet Noor dates soaking in a sweet blend of dark caramel, treacle, almond syrup, and a few drops of Hennessy and rum. Leisurely languishing of sweet maltiness and robust fruitiness throughout. Buttery, toasty breadiness underneath. Leafy English hop character with a modest twinge of bitterness. Earthy, zesty oakiness creeks in and holds firm until the semi-sweet, lightly heated finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Pretty tasty and a decent way to sip away a Tuesday night. Seems like the 900 given a slight bump. The fruitiness, sweetness, and light carbonation leave it tasting and feeling like something you’d find under a ’dessert drink’ heading.