ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Appearance: Pours a murky, brownish-amber body with a thinnish, bubbly, off-white head.
Smell: Richly malty, sweet-smelling nose with notes of caramel, plum jelly, toasted bread crumbs, peat smoke, and a minor hint of wafty alcohol.
Taste: Quite sweet with tastes of dark caramel, brown sugar, and concentrated plum wine. Distinct kick of smoky peat. Curious hint of vintage boot leather. Only a touch of earthy bitterness remains at this point. Develops a more nutty quality upon warming. A tad alcoholic as you near the finish. One last taste of peat on the warming, semi-dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Well, it’s certainly different; like a barleywine coupled with some wee heavy characteristics. Fairly decent overall. piscator34 (2529) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
Bottled sample, at least a couple of years old. Amber in colour with medium to strong carbonation and a few floaties. Aromas of stewed fruit, sherry, figs, vanilla, a bit of funk, and pale malts. Flavors are of caramel malts, vanilla, more sherry, and orchard fruit. Heavy and slick bodied, in spite of the fairly strong carbonation. Almost no bitterness or hop character to speak of. This particular bottle was a bit past it, but still fairly enjoyable. noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Thanks ogglethorp. Murky auburn brown with a frothy tan head, minimal lace. Nose has a lot of figgy malt in it, is also sharply ethanolic. Flavors of malt syrup, figs, smoke; astringent with green apple, orange peel, and alcohol bitterness; finishes with caramel and smoky toffee. Full bodied, almost milky thickness, creamy palate, minimally carbonated. shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2009
2007 bottle acquired in trade and consumed in January of 2009. Pours a muddy brown. Aroma is very mild. A touch of malt and alcohol. Flavor is a little odd, the lack of a noticeable hop presence leaves this beer seriously wanting for depth of character. Perhaps too old? hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2009
bottle at Paul’s BW tasting. Deep amber in color. Aroma of molasses, some rubbery phenolics and light esters. Taste is molasses, a bit estery, some green apple. Tastes like the yeast got stressed. Medium body. Body could have used more heft.
Nephilium (1817) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Slightly caramel aroma, with hints of dark fruits, alcohol, and a touch of something astringent. Pours a hazy, reddish-brown, with just a dusting of tan head. The flavor has oak, vanilla, and just a touch of hop bitterness. Solid beer, nothing out of the ordinary, but very drinkable. badgerben (5171) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Courtesy of Ed. Aged... 2 years? Dark copper color with no head. Strong malty aroma and a little oak. Thick and chewy malt body. Light molasses, some brown sugar and sherry notes. Yummy! MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2008
[Bottle] Pours a cloudy ruby brown with a small beige head that gradually dissipates. Aroma is slightly subdued, but has a bit of citric hops, plenty of caramel and a hint of the alcohol. Flavor is interesting. Actually a little smoky like toasted wood. Was not expecting that one. There is also some candi sugar, a touch of raisin and caramel, and more of that alcohol. This is one of the more unusual barleywines that I have had in a while. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Tyranena spank me baby as Spank Me Baby Barley Wine with wood. Amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, light fruit and mild sugar. Taste of alcohol, hops, caramel, raisons, sugar, molasses and mild wood. Smooth body with some alcohol burn and warming effects. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. I could have sworn I liked this beer when I had it over a year ago. This one was aged since early 07. Pours an ok medium coppery brown with an ok fizzy head. Aroma is wierd though- tons of rubber, plastic phenols, along with a good amoutn of acetaldehydes, green apple, and some pear to go along with a lame and weak caramel malt backbone. Flavor is a bit more green apple, phenolics, ok toasted and caramelt malts, ligth pear and raisin fruitiness, a bit estery and solvent-like in the finish- and a bit thin. One of my least favorites of the night.