oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016 whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color of black tea with a warm-toned creamy head. Mostly brown sugar and well-caramelized malt in the aroma. Flavor is relatively sweet but balanced with notes of scalded fruit and hop bitterness. This is a very nice, elegant barley wine.
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a citrus taste.
koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s house on February 20. 500 mL bottle. The pour is a nicely bright medium brown with a small khaki head that fades down rather quickly. The aroma is interesting. There is a decent amount of dark fruits and a lingering caramel sweetness. I’m also getting a little oxidation with this one. There is a little sweet malt that picks up and keeps a little bit of a metallic bit to them. The flavors are very similar. It’s got a little oxidized thing going on in front of the malt and the light presence of dark fruit. There is a little bit more metallic tendency here in this one, which isn’t awful, but it’s certainly not good. The mouth feel is decently thick, with a sharper carbonation and a strange lingeringly hoppy aftertaste. There is a little sweet malt there, but it’s very interesting. Not in a great way. The one thing I’m not so crazy about this on is the definite lack of complexity. TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
500 mL bottle. Very malty, but the hops may have faded with age. Still some booze there, though. Not very complex, but it does the trick. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Matt. Rich caramel colored body, semi-clear with a quickly fading khaki head. Aroma of toasted toffee coated prunes, caramel, & some mild papery oxidation. Flavor has the same unfortunate oxidation, a little cardboard here & there, but it actually subsides a bit with some time/warmth. Slightly metallic & sweet caramel notes, toffee, toast, with more earthy & ashy hops towards the finish, along with ripe prunes & dates. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Pours dark caramel with a decent cream colored head. Lots of dried fruit and caramel / toffee in the nose and flavor.
DuffMan (10609) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle, shared with my wife and phantomhennes. Lovely red-orange amber, creamy light gold head. Deep toffee malts, a touch toasty, and ripe tropical fruit character. Finish is bitter, with some green leafy hop character. Full bodied, malty and delicious. bytemesis (9005) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 12, 2014
2012 Bottle - thanks Sean! Pours clear deep ruby chestnut, medium creamy tan head that lasts a long time and laces well. Aroma is very malty, rich toffee, molasses, some dark bread, a bit earthiness. Flavor is medium sweet and light plus bitter, very malty, toffee and toasted caramel, pumpernickle, some pine from the bittering hops. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, some lingering bitterness. A bit hot. This bad boy has held up pretty well! NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 30, 2014
2012 bottle. Dark red/brown pour with a light khaki head. Aromas of sweet malts with notes of hops although the hops have faded this one seems to have been aged well. Flavor is sweet malts upfront with notes of fig and dates. Nice caramel notes in the finish. Pretty tasty brew. Bottle from chuckaduck, thanks again man! generallee08 (773) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
It has a dark reddish brown body with a thick two finger light tan head on top. Head retention is very good and it makes thick lace rings on the glass as I take each sip. The aroma has a full character with strong base maltiness with candy sweet notes, brown sugar and caramel notes. Hops are a little more laid back and offer a light balance of leafy/floral and lighter citrus/pine. Malt sweetness comes through overall in a big full body with a decent hop punch backing it all up. I get notes of roasted grain, candy, sugar and white bread crust mixed with mild spice like pine and deep earthy/leafy hop bitterness. A smooth texture with mellow carbonation rounds out the feel. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2010 bomber - dark pour with off white head. Sudsy residual. Nose is malty with some hops still peeking through. Taste is sweet malt with some residual bittering hops. Figs, dates and caramel as well. Pretty good.
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