Ibrew2or3 (8808) - 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! corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light and a 1.5 light beige head quickly settles into a lasting ring. Thin ring and sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Earthy, leathery malt aroma with hints of toffee, caramel biscuit and hazelnut. Subtle floral hops and faint alcohol booze but the nose is dominated by the earthy and sweet malt notes.
Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a slightly creamy texture. Faint earthy hop bitterness up front that is quickly countered by the leathery and sweet malt flavors. Lots of caramel with hints of toffee, biscuit, rye and hazelnut. Slightly boozy but at 10% the ABV is very well masked resulting in a very quaffable beer.
Overall, this beer was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting it to be much hotter and harsh at this stage but it’s already considerably mellow. Well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. I plan on buying a bunch more of these to see how they develop over the next ten years. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Dark brown. Maple, raisins, prunes, buckwheat pancake aroma. Flavor is sweet with some fresh cane syrup, prunes, vanilla and molasses. Good stuff! Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a red/yellow tinge. and off white lacing. Aroma of plums, figs, dark fruits, butterscotch, brown sugar and molasses. Flavour the same including spices and booze. Rich, well rounded. Nice. sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 Bouteille 33cl BB 04-2020 as Traquair 2010, courtesy of rlgk.
Acajou, col fin beige, blanc cassé disparaissant vite.
Arôme est fruité noir avec ce bouquet très anglais au niveau du barley wine, sucre brun caramélisé, léger biscuité et fine note de levure en rétro.
Palais est complexe, fruité noir rappelant le raisin sec, prune et figue, le tout ponctué par un léger profil sucre brun et touche de mélasse.
Note épicée venant des houblons qui arrive juste après le fruité. Léger terreux, biscuité crystal au niveau des malts. Complexe et un style anglais qui ne fait que se bonifié avec l’age.
superspak (5877) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2014
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/16/2010. Pours very hazy/cloudy dark brown color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, light herbal/wood, and toast/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, light cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, light herbal/wood, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, light cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, light herbal/wood, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with almost no warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barelywine. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2015
11.2 ounce bottle, brewed in 2010, best before end April 2020. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy copper/brown color with maybe a 1/4 inch light tan head that fizzled away somewhat quickly. There’s a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, dark fruit (raisins, figs, plums), brown sugar, and some dark bread. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s the addition of some peatiness, wood and some sherry flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s coating and has low/moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I’m glad I drank this now. Not sure how good this will be in 2020, but I only had one bottle and didn’t want to wait any longer to drink it. If there’s any more bottles of this lying around, it’s worth buying and drinking! nickd717 (4822) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 23, 2016
This is a month when I crush sick ticks like the old days. My wife and daughter hate me for it, but the ticks are worth it. Here’s another one I grabbed at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in DC. Darkest brown in color with a minimal tan head. Aroma is roast, Irish whisky, molasses, toffee, overripe sugar plums, dates, and prunes. Sweet flavor, like a fine whisky. Dark fruits and toffee. Somewhat full body, soft carbonation. Really good, if hard to drink a lot of. Bullit (4675) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle from Peckhams. An instant favourite this is. Dark brown colour, small tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, brown sugar, fruits. Aroma is malty, little roastiness, dark fruits, sugar, caramel. Slightly sweet finish. Very pleasant. ekstedt (6944) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle (33 cl) from systembolaget. Dark reddish brown, medium creamy beige head. Nutty, almondy, and caramelly malt aroma with dried fruits and a lot of floral and herbal hops. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Dry with a nice, soft, lingering bitterness. A slightly different barley wine with more dark molasses maltiness. Very nice.