john44 (3202) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle. Bottled Feb 2009; Drank Dec 2009 - Deep Ruby Red in colour. Heavily Hopped; piney resinous spicy hops; earthy hops. Fruity; citrus orange and grapefruit, raisins. Malty; toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, sweet roasty malts, chocolate. Syrupy. Some alcohol warmth. Sweet malty with a strong hoppy bite.
Kavu (4978) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2016
0,355l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is lightly roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malts, alcohol and hops. Good. sinfull (1728) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Dark, mahogany color. Big , yellowish head. Aroma of malt, dried fruits and pine. Balanced taste with sweet malty beginning and refreshing, hoppy bitterness at the end. Some fruity notes also present. no signs of alcohol in taste. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - NOV 10, 2016
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy copper color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving just a tract of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is quite sweet and bready with the sweet being of a brown sugar and molasses smell. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of a grape and slightly herbal and grassy smell.
Taste – The taste begins with quite boozy taste mixed with tons of breadiness and sweet caramel and darker fruit flavors. As the taste advances even more sweetness comes to the tongue along with some lighter dank hop tastes and a rather strong grainy/grassy taste. Toward the end the booze ramps it up even more leaving one with a very sweet and bready hot taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is very thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is quite low. For the rich and thick, heavy sweet, and boozy tastes the feel is rather nice and helps keep it a slow sipper.
Overall- Ah… A bit too boozy and sweet for my liking of a barley. Not bad, but not great either in my opinion.
Bebum (1036) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2017 Amber/pink, clear or hazy, pink foam, pretty bottle lable. Pronounced alcoholic, barnyardy and bready nose. Full body, smooth texture, foamy, intense flavor, hot mouthfeel, lingering aftertaste. Assertively bittersweet, crisp, bitter finish. Herbal, hoppier than most other barley wines, malty, fruity, pears, yeasty. Characterful, assertive. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
r464 (2362) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Very dark brownish-red with a tan head. Sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruit flavors. Raisin, fig, cherry. Full and smooth. Not too heavy. jbuzz (838) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Carmel malt very smooth and mild. Nice dark color rich full head. Not as hoppy as others. DCLawyer (2846) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Bottle->snifter. Deep amber with bare lite tan head. Caramel malt, toffee, mild hops. Some booze come through. Pretty standard BW stuff here. OminouSC2 (797) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2016
Amber color. Caramel malt, brown sugar, fruity hops, citrus pine. Unbalanced taste profile of sweet malt on the one hand, and bitter hops on the other. Bitter finish with too much alcohol. tfontana (1040) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Bottle pour into tulip glass from One Stop Market. Aroma is strong bready and caramel malts with floral and fruity hints. Mildly astringent. Appearance is hazy dark reddish-orange with discernible floating sediment, minimal sparkle, finger-width fluffy beige head with fair retention and nice lacing. Taste is much like aroma with front half sweet malt and second half yielding to more nuanced fruit notes and some citrus. Palate is medium bodied with thick, sticky texture, esophageal warmth and sweet, long finish. Overall, avoids being overly sweet and has a bit of hop complexity.