Bacchus66 (905) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2017 Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 2007 bottle. This starts with the piney nose of northwestern hops. It pours a cloudy reddish-amber, with just a lacing of an off-white head. The flavor is surprisingly sweet, with just a finish of hops. The alcohol content in this is dangerously hidden. Several bottles of this have been cellered, and I will re-rate upon opening them. (One from the cellar) The hop nose has faded away, going with a bit more sweetness. Still pours with a large foamy tan head, and the same cloudy dark red. Hop flavor has almost completely disappeared, leaving a balanced sweetness, hints of brown sugar and dark fruits predominant. Very nice.
12oz bottle at home. Yum. Hazy reddish mahogany with a tan head and good lacing. This has a lot of everything, big hops, big malt, big fruit. Molasses, caramel, toffee. Full bodied with very sneaky alcohol, careful with this. Lingering complex finish, delicious. CanIHave4Beers (4209) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Hi, how am I just rating this? ClubGonzo (5684) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2017
For wat it’s worth I did the rating in the dining room.
The beer pours a beautiful cherry red with a small head & some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is wonderfully accented by ruby port, caramel, & some licorice aromas.
The beer is tasty but over run with booziness, apple, & burnt sugar flavor. It’s pleasantly caramely & has a bare minimum of the general barelywine heat.
Bottle. Pours a deep copper-hued amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is caramel, red fruits, toffee, raisins, peaches and hints of pineapple, syrup and lychee. Taste is red fruits, caramel, burnt sugar, toffee and hints of rose petals and lychee. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Nice and fruity American barley wine without too much bitterness; perhaps a bit anonymous but still nice. meccahh69lol (327) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Here we have the first barleywine we’ve rated on here somehow and its a good one. Pours a nice dark amber brown with a thick malty foamy hoppy head. Lovely brutal hop lacerations tantalize while the malty undertow reels you out to sea. The 11% is well hidden, but the effect are not. Good for playing alternately poorly and very well at pinball while contemplating the sandwiches to come. AndyW68 (1593) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2017
Very nice. Rich mohagany red pour with minimal sticky head. Aroma of rich sweet dark fruit. Taste follows nose with plum and raisin forward. Carmalized malt and an alcohol burn.
simontomlinson (564) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2017
Minimal beige head cover finely carbonated mahogany coloured body.
Stewed fruit & sugar roma.
Medium Bodied. Airy. fine carbonation on the palate. Cloying.
Sweet stewed fruits to the fore with lots of sugar. This is followed by a bitter back of citrus, hops & clove with long grapey finish.
At four years old this tastes like it is past it’s best & at three years old was at it’s premium.
VastActiv (7492) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle at One Pint Pub, Helsinki. Colour is deep reddish orange with small white head. Sweetness, dry fruits, hops and malts. Pretty good. flatearthman (68) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2017
On 2/17/17, opened a bottle from 2013. Initial thick head that turns to lacey; nice copper hue; nose of sweet malt; Nice smooth warming mouthfeel; Taste of sweet woody orange citrus malt with some bitterness followed with a lingering finish of bittersweet candy malt.
MarcoDL (5323) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle at tasting. Aroma of bitter hops, citrus, pine, caramelised malt and ripe fruit. Taste has caramelised malt, bitter pine, ripe fruit, booze, citrus and yeast ester. Smelled better. mjs (7610) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2017
(Bottle, 0.65 l - BB 12 Oct 2021, at Kitty’s, 20170215) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, molasses ,grass and sweetness. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, grass, molasses, pine, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, hoppy and bitter. A good malty brew with hop bite and it hid its high ABV well.