superspak (5871) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2015
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 12/2014. Labeled at 10.5% ABV. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toffee, brown sguar, brown bread, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English barleywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This was more in line with old ale style overall; but still had well rounded complexity and balance. A very enjoyable offering. JK (6249) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Dark copper color and some lace on the glass. Surprisingly dry. Earth, grapeskin, some wood, fresh flowers. Grain and minimally sweet malt. Good. deyholla (12021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Sampled from the bottle at the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Pours a clear amber with a yellowish brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a lot of sweet grains, a bit of caramel and a light grassiness underlying. Flavor is a little boozy with notes of caramel, toffee, sweet grains and a hint of grass. SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle: Poured a deep dark brown with light brown head. Aroma is light but malty. Tasty is strong malts, caramel and molasses, sweet but strong backbone. ryanfolty (2585) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
March 6, 2015 - on tap at Busters. Cloudy muddy brown pour with some head and minimal lacing. Aroma was caramel, malt and some dark fruit. Taste was nicely balanced though relatively tame. Finish was a bit dry and touch of alcohol.
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Pour on tap at Busters on 28th, hazy reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, some slight orange into earth, spice, touch of grass. Taste was grass, bread, toast, toffee into some red fruit, finishing spicy, slightly sweet, some booze. GIJOE (1250) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Pours a lovely very dark ruby-red with a pillowy off-white head that lasts a while. Thick lacing - more like curtains. Nose is malty with lightly boozy dried fruit notes. Taste is very well balanced. Slightly dry aftertaste. Medium body. Vigorous carbonation. Quite nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a black colored body with a half finger white head.
The smell had caramel, figs, sugar, malts, slight alcohol, chocolate comes out as it warmed.
The taste was thoroughly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors in the Barleywine like fashion, slight chocolate comes out as well, but came out as it warmed.
The palate was about a medium, not sessionable - you sip this one like its supposed to, adequate carbonation, chocolate/caramel aftertaste, ABV slightly felt.
Overall, this was very sweet for an American Barleywine, actually thought it was closer to an English Barleywine, and probably was the most chocolately barleywine I’ve ever had, but no worries, I’d have this one again. puboflyons (3466) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle #412 out of 1,000. My label says 10.5% ABV not 9% as listed on this description. The pour is a handsome brown color with a slight bottle fermented haze and a modest tan head. The aroma is a pleasant and almost mellow barley malt character that is not in my face. A vague dark fruit note but mainly malts. No booze. The body is medium to full. As I drink this it feels like it has already been cellaring for a year but it is an English style Barleywine, which tends to be more subtle, which is the way I like it. AirForceHops (7675) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Bert’s Better Beers. Winter 2012 batch. Dark muddy brown color with thick lasting head. Aromas of deep roasted barley, chocolate and hints of dark fruits. Flavors of Raisins, caramel, molasses, chocolate, English malts and maple syrup. Lots of deep roasted barley notes as well. Syrupy texture and finishes with some mild alcohol warmth. Very sweet, but never cloying. Low carbonation that helped coat the tongue with a syrupy sweetness. The 9 % is hidden nice. I am very surprised on how much I liked this, the best White Birch brew I’ve had in a long time.