rocbyter (2124) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Sweet candy hop aroma. Hazy red orange color with a small off white head. Sweet beginning that fades a little in the the finish. Bitter starts in the middle and builds to the end. Moderate Palate. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11.
brune, fine mousse beige laissant un filament dore/jaunâtre au verre.
Arôme est fruité, malté te caramel avec un peu de chocolat, sucre brun. On y ressent les habituels fruits noirs, allant de la fig à la date. kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. 2010. lots of sweet grapefruit and darker caramel malt. being relatively fresh, the hops are still there which leaves quite a bitter finish. Slightly messy, over a year or two i expect this to really come together. Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
On tap at celebration of the suds in AC. Pours foggy dark red/brown with a slight tan head that fades into nothing quickly. Aroma is of caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, hint of yeast. Flavor is heavy on the dark fruits with a nice roasted chocolate finish. Some citrus and candi sugar throughout. Brigadier (3690) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
650 ml bottle
kassner (1663) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Lurking in the cellar for over a year I finally caved. The label was crying out for attention and I was in the mood for a mellow barleywine. The result was a nice evening spent reflecting on what time can do to a solid beer. This particular one has held up very well although I doubt I would want to age it must past a year. Already some of the best characteristics seemed to be fading away.
Aroma / Appearance - An opaque mahogany body was like a glass full of muddy pond water after a strong storm. The head was th color of old paper left to yellow in the sunlight. Hot chocolate with an old book on the back porch or patio brings to mind a cool fall afternoon. Warm, open, and soothing the impact is instantly inviting.
Flavor / Palate - A thick chunk of melted caramel flowed across the tongue and down the throat. Warming the palate gently at first it built to a crescendo around halfway through the bottle. The roasted nutty finish then lingered for quite a while even after wrapping up the remnants. Overall it was a bit like licking a pile of acorns. This has some promise and probably was best enjoyed a few months ago but such is the nature of cellaring. Maybe next time I’ll try it on tap to compare.
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2012 Color of thin chocolate, nice head and a nice beer but quite sweet with lots of caramel notes and fruits
August 2012 On tap at Roasthouse Not much head with what appeared to be some chill haze, nice barley wine jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours dark amber with a light ring for a head. Aroma is sweet caramel, figs, licorice and vanilla. Flavor has a bit left over hop bitterness, vanilla, caramel malts and hints of figs. Light carbonation and light bodied. Alright barlywine. djaquay (138) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Malty like a stout, beautiful black pour, mild hint of the warmth of the alcohol behind, also nice little bitter finish. Very respectable. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle shared by my good bud Brewkkake, you rock brotha! Big aroma of malts, caramel, slight hops and slightly boozy. Easy to drink given the 9.3%ABV. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours murky brown with a small tan head. The aroma has some caramel notes and a lot of astringency. The taste is medium hoppy bowery with a ton of sweet boozy caramel.