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. PhillyBeer2112 (2883) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2011
Deep garnet, thin layer of persistent head. Rich vinous fruity aroma, plummy, rummy, raisiny, reminiscent of the house ale. Nose is complemented by a leafy tobacco like hoppiness. Fruity and sweet flavors, a touch vinous. Alcohol and some astringent or cloying heavy malt sweetness comes up toward the finish, not as refined a palate as I’d hoped. Finish is long, with madeira or sherry like notes of oxidized wine, and it almost makes me want to say I can taste some kind of oakiness in this, but perhaps not. abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Pours reddish brown with no head and very little lace. Significant fruit and raisin aroma is present. Taste is sticky sweet with dark fruit present. Very smooth on the tongue. Finish is short, but sugary sweet. Great brew. mcberko (18557) - 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. slowrunner77 (12581) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
11.2 ounces goes a long way. dark ruby brown. full bodied and boozy without quite being hot, but the booziness and sweetness are persistent. not any real hop presence, but a complex cornucopia of dark roasty malts, chocolate, plum/raisin and other dark fruits, with a hint of smoke. kinda like a wee heavy, kinda like a barleywine. good stuff, though I’ll have to have another House ale, which i remember being slightly better. this should age well...not til 2020 but for a year or two."
Nisse666 (7779) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2010
999# rating (RB), 2010-09-10, Göteborg
AR: the aroma is wee but destictive of red fruits (cheeries, red grapes), spiced choclolate and some vanilla tones
The liquid is oily when pored and the aroma is more "sharp"
AP: high froty beige head that slowly diminishes leaving wee curtains, colour of body is dark ruby red.
F: oily, vinos a bit sharp but well balanced - will be rounder after ageing a couple of years, great bitterness, cherries, red grapes, chocolate (like a chocolate praline filled with cherry in port wine), a bit sprity.
Conclusion: a great scottish hand crafted barley wine, thx!
yespr (47037) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2010
33 cL bottle, courtesy of joergen. Pours cloudy deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is dark roasted malty and slight breadish. Caramelish and breadish. Lingering roasted and dark malty. Slight sweet note. Light alcohol note. mikkopen (1191) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2010
330 ml bottle at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Clear deep red colour, thin and quickly dissipating tan head. Caramel-sweet aroma with plenty of dried dark fruits. The flavour is syrupy-sweet, with roasted malt, dates, raisins, oak and alcohol warmth. Medium to full-bodied. Another excellent beer from Traquair House. ChainGangGuy (4919) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2011
330mL bottle - Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia. Best Before End April 2020.
Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
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.
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!