joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 16, 2015
On tap at the First St. Alehouse. It pours a dark reddish orange color with an off white head. The aroma is sweet with mixed berries, caramel and a little brown sugar. The flavor is the same with lots of fruity berries, a little mango, papaya, brown sugar and caramel. Sweet and fruity. Pretty thick on the palate as well. Kinda simple, but not bad. reebtogi (6240) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
650ml bottle pours a lighter amber color with a finger of white head that leaves only a few spots of lacing behind. Aroma is dark fruits and caramel with some toasted grain notes and hops. Taste is a citrus hop bitterness with a dark fruity and grainy caramel malty sweetness. Medium to full bodied with generous carbonation for the style. A pretty well done barley wine, being aged for 2 years now probably helps smooth the rough edges I find on a lot of fresher barley wines. Good stuff! jgb9348 (6198) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Wax-Capped 65 cL bottle
Clear amber and copper coloured body with a thinnish tan head, only about a centimetre tall. Aroma of pit fruits, caramel, toffee, earth, plums, figs and a good bit of hops still noticeable. Medium-bodied; Strong toffee and figs up front that fade fast and don’t show much at all, especially malt. Aftertaste is showing barely anything - very interesting, just some water, light malt, toffee and figs with some light pit fruits and the smallest amount possible of alcohol. Overall, a very mild barley wine - perhaps its possible that I aged it too much and lost all it’s flavour. Not really worth buying nor aging, when after popping the wax there isn’t much to it, which is usually a decent thing for a barley wine, but not when it loses absolutely everything. I sampled this 65 cL wax-topped bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (P Street, Logan Circle), DC on 05-January-2015 for US$7,99 sampled at home in Washington exactly a year later on 05-January-2016.
Vintage: 2013 // Purchased: January 2015 // Sampled: January 2016 thedm (6147) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2015
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light brown orange colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was musty. The mildly vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering mild vinous hop aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of mildly vinous dough hops and malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again. JK (6095) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Light copper color. Lightly hopped and malt is a little light. O e of the thinest, lightest barleywines i have had. Light palate.
dwyerpg (6076) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Not all that much in the aroma for a barley wine. Maybe some honey, but not really molasses. I really love this style but as usual I just don’t think these guys make beer that’s all that great. This a low barley wine score for me. thornecb (5880) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Tan medium length head recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Sweet caramel upfront turning to mild earth in the still sweet finish. Holmen1 (5840) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2014
Fra flaske på Mandag i annen, Cardinal okt-14: kveldens siste, og en solid avslutning. Humlen som er brukt skal visstnok hete X-431. (?) Mørk gylden med storboblet kortvarig skum. Appelsin, rosin, alkohol og litt humle gjør (sammen med en lett syrlighet) Old Embalmer til en lett konsumerbar barley wine. Good beer in good company. ClubGonzo (5668) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep hazy orange-amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is caramel, nougat, nuts, vanilla, deep malty tones, hints of red berries, toffee and bread. Taste is vanilla, booze, caramel, burnt sugar and hints of rum, white sugar and bread. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty nice American barley wine with no great surprises. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Golden brown with a creamy white head. Caramel and passion fruit aroma and taste with abitter bready finish.