Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2017 jar72404 (426) - USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle that’s been aged 4 years. Pours amber brown with thin white head with good retention. Aroma is dark fruit. Flavor is ripened dark fruit. Solid.
Hazy amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, & rich fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, hops, dark fruit, and spice; Warm finish; Dangerously drinkable - I enjoyed it. ippopotamo36 (2382) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 29, 2017
Tap at 4:20, Rome-Italy. Dark and cloudy amber with chestnut skin highlights, regular and tick off-white foam. Nose: dates, under spirit cherries, red fruit. Mouth: caramel, ripoedvred fruit, alcohol is quite there. Clean and rich on the cherry side. Bebum (990) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Crystal clear copper color, fine bubbles creating a lasting, tall head.
Very heavy body, well covered by lots of flavor, extreme heat but low carbonation, lingering palate with a candy finish.
Intensely bittersweet, very well balanced not only by bitterness but for a sharp acidity snd alcohol.
Hops and malt fight for predominance but neither wins, we do. Caramel, blood orange pith, herbal.
Fulfills all expectations for an American barley wine.
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Hazy dark brown pour with just a tan ring on top. Aroma tells me I’ll enjoy - cooked sugar, dark fruits, and a hint of booze. Flavor follow similarly but more intense all around, very sweet from start to aftertaste and boozy with some woodiness in the finish. A little less alcohol burn and more dark fruit flavors would have ramped this up considerably. Still a very solid offering for the style. I’ll have it again for sure. zoucrew102 (1869) - - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle, thanks Christina! Dark fruit aroma with notes of caramel and a bit of booze. Pours dark caramel colored with a nearly nonexistent off white head that has poor retention and lacing. Starts with sweet dark fruit flavors of dates, figs and raisins with a full body and luscious mouthfeel. Finishes very smooth with some caramel malt and a hint of booze. Really nice barleywine.
ffaoe (792) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2016
light malty aroma. red and clear in color with no head. taste is of darker caramel malts, some residual sweetness. Franckg (1653) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2016 Bouteille datée du 25/02/2016, bue après près de 9 mois. Robe acajou claire avec un mince cerne de mousse et quelques particules en suspension. Arômes de sucre d’orge et baies confites principalement, datte, malt caramelisé, orange sanguine, sirop de poire, eau d’érable et soupçon de café. En bouche, sucre d’orge sirupeux, baies confites (mûres et framboises surtout), café moyennement corsé, datte cuite, raisin bleu, malt caramelisé épais. Finale où des saveurs grillées et de cacao prennent les devant. Légère touche houblonnée d’agrumes à la toute fin. Texture liquoreuse et corps moyen à rond. Excellente vin d’orge anglais venant du territoire américain. Chalumeaux (1553) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Poured from bottle 1/5/15 amber brown with a thin off white head and nice lacing. Aromas of dark fruit candy sugar fig and caramel. Taste is sweet caramel warm booze. Don’t know if I can drink alot of this. PhillyCraft (7219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Blackberry Backlog...Bottle shared with Pat, Pours amber-brown color with one finger head. Notes of fig, wood, sweet fruit, candy sugar, and other malty stuff. This barley wine is filled with heavy booze and dark fruit. Reminds me more of a quadruple than a barely. SG111 (1821) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2016 Bottled 02/25/16. Pours murky brown slight chestnut tinge. Beige head. Aroma is lots of plum, fig, dark fruit, cherry, raisins, licorice. Very much a sweet dark fruit, Belgian strong ale sorta beer. Not really a traditional Barleywine in my opinion in the nose. Flavor is plum, raisin, again, red licorice, bit of pine hop bitterness in the finish. Decently soft mouthfeel overall, works well in terms of ABV. It’s kinda like a Belgian quad or strong ale without the heavy Belgian spice or ester notes, in terms of fruit. Could have done better under a different style. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a proper Barleywine but it’s a broad enough style that it works. Probably won’t pick up again.