harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Batch 1, bottled January 2011.
Pours out looking like spiced rum. The Kraken was flat appearing and red hued brown with excellent clarity. I give it a nice shake, no bubbles.... Smells of alcohol (sharp), sugar, toffee, malt (LME actually). Tastes bitter, alcoholic with hints of brown sugar and molasses. I fee like this beer could have tasted good, but they really, really fucked something up here. It’s amongst the thinnest beers I’ve had - and certainly the thinnest BW. The fact that it’s as flat as an Angel’s Share doesn’t help. This beer is not good. I think the recipe is probably pretty good, there are undertones indicated something good coulda happened, but whomever is QC at this place needs to be fired.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2012 djd07 (15547) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with small white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is caramel, toffee, and licorice. Medium mouthfeel with strong sweet caramel malt and light booziness. Decent barleywine. AirForceHops (7820) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2013
22oz. Bottle from the brewery. Bottled January 2011 and store properly in my cellar. Dark mahogany color with no head. Nose is sweet malt and dark fruits. Raisins, figs, caramel and toffee. The flavor is a extension of the aromas. Really overall it is true to the style and it tastes fine. I just can’t believe the high price I paid for the bottle. If I am paying $12.99 for a aged bottle it really should be exceptional. This is just above average. Well, at least it wasn’t infected!! fletchfighters (1580) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
A-- Poured a clear light cola color. Not real thick looking at all. I do have carbonation though!! Nice two finger, fluffy, light brown head. Slowly faded to a collar. Decent retention on swirling. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
S-- Thin smell but what was there was good. Chocolate covered hazelnuts, dark fruits, and carmel. Just really thin nose.
T-- Watery carmel, fig, dark fruits and hazelnut. Lots of watery gaps with this but the alcohol is well hidden.
M-- carbonation is spot on but the thinness just really hurts this. Watery carmel really. No real finish to this at all. Could be a sessionable barley wine.
O-- Thin and thin. Was easy to drink and the nose, though weak, was not bad. Otherwise a forgettable beer AdamChandler (5181) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottled last year. Cellared and now being enjoyed at home in a wine goblet. Burnt carmel appearance, no head at all. Sweet and malt bomb on the nose. Muted though, hints of carmel and toffee. On the tongue, totally flat, very sweet and lots of big malts. Chewy and some oakiness as well. It’s a mouth full but complexity this lacks it.
puboflyons (3501) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2012
From a bottle dated January 2011, Batch One. I am drinking this over a year since it was bottled. The pour is much darker than most barleywines but held to the light it is a cloudy brown with reddish highlight but not a lot of head. The aroma is nicely malted and boasts a licorice note. The body is medium to heavy but very smooth. The taste has a very sweet malty character with a near-biting hop bitterness on the backside, which lingers quiet some time. A nice barleywine for sure. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2012
22oz. Bottle (Batch #1. Bottled 1/2011. 1180 Bottles.): Aroma of malt, hops, and toffee. Poured brown/very deep orange in color with a no head at all. Cloudy. Not sparkling at all. Full of small, medium, and large-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, slight wood, and cardboard. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Zero carbonation. Malt, hop, wood finish. Totally flat, pretty tasteless. johnnnniee (4408) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bottled 11/9/2011 Batch 2 bottle 23 of 65
Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with faint ruby highlights when held to light. Smallish creamy beige head dissipates quickly but leaves some decent lace on the way down. Smell is rich and malty with toffee and caramel sharing the spotlight with some dark pitted fruit and a hint of earthy spicy hops. This smells great. Taste is a bit sweeter than I expected with almost an Old Ale feel to it. Sweet malts of caramel, toffee, and caramelized sugars up front. An earthy hop with a mineral touch midway through mixed with a sweet and sometimes tart dark pitted fruit kind of thing. Finishes with a touch of ethanol to remind us this one in 9.5% abv Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. I quite enjoyed this one, I might have to pick up another bottle or two before this limited run is gone. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle/22oz - Shared with MCox90 (thanks!). Poured a quite dark brownish amber in color with an almost nonexistent head and very little carbonation. Aroma is hoppy (floral and pine). Flavor is surprisingly mild with some hops and a bit of spicy malts... actually quite disappointing. This beer matches some of my experience with this brewer... it is just a shame that they let this quality of beer out of their brewery!! PaulUnwin (92) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Harsh tasting Barley Wine. Looks like flat beer whch I don’t mind too much as long as it tastes good, I gave up after a couple of sips, shame really, I have had other beers of theirs that were prettty good.