mcberko (19803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of rich dark fruits, including plum, dates, figs, and cherries, butterscotch, molasses, buttery malts, and brown sugar. Flavour of butterscotch, plum, cherries, molasses, brown sugar and booze. Finishes with booze and caramelized / burnt sugar. Great body and complexity. Delicious. Oakes (19341) - 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. rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2010
Bottle. Deep amber color, nice beige head. Milky creamy aroma, nutty notes, some fruit. Toffee, buttery, strong without bringing too much alcohol. Nutty flavor, milky, mild creamy notes, some alocohol, fruity. Malty finish with nutty and buttery notes. Wonderful barley wine! TBone (18547) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2010
Bottled 330ml (O’Haras, BB 04/2020)FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2010
Dark brown-ruby color, small off-white head. Raisins, prunes and cola in the nose. Full-bodied. Quite Belgisch flavor: lots of dark fruits (dates, prunes and raisins). Alcohol is reasonably hidden. Sweetish, nice dessert beer. Warming.
330ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
7 Rich marmitey aroma. Some dark fruit sweetness, dates
4 Deep ruby, small tan head settles to a ring
8 Gently chocolatey roast, quite cakey in places. Some bitterness, stangely hoppy for Traquair.
4 Smooth sweet palate, quite crisp carbonation. Finish choc full with chocolate, and leaves
15 Certainly quite potent, but with the noble hop bitterness, the tingles you get in your mouth are not just alcohol. Look forward to having the chance of an aged one in 5 years.
Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger of frothy off-white head. Intense aroma of dark fruits and caramel to this one. Some plums and almost vinous red wine notes to it. It’s also got an almost woody character to it. The flavor is sweet, but not overly so. A bit woody and vinous, maybe even tannic. Heavy flavors of plum and fruit skins. Dark sugar and molasses are also prominent. Medium to full body with low carbonation. djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with small beige head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a strong roast and toffee. Thin mouthfeel with a brown sugar caramel, dark fruit, figs, a bit oxidized. Scopey (16225) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, SF. It pours deep ruby brown, with a thin foamy off-white head. The nose is wood, nut, leather, caramel, marzipan, marshmallow, spice, plum and red grape. The taste is caramel, toffee, leather, nougat, marzipan, fig, raisin, plum, vinous notes, brown sugar and some alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Not cloying. Well balanced. I imagine this will only get better with time. bhensonb (15963) - 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. Ratman197 (15608) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of prune, raisins, dates, toffee and licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, licorice, dried fruit and a hint of vanilla with a smooth dry lingering toffee finish.