alobar (3879) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours a cloudy caramel color with a soapy cream-colored head. Aroma of cherry,pineapple, and toffee. Flavor is mostly sweet with toffee, caramel, cherry, and pineapple notes. Very nice beer. Braudog (6803) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle. Deep, dark brown. Thin but sticky head. The aroma is rife with cooked brown sugar. Drinks with a fairly light body and even keeled character. The rich, alcohol burn only rears its head at the very finish of the drink. Interesting and not at all what I expected. (#5345, 11/26/2013) Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2011
good flavor, the beer has a strong flavor, palate is medium thin but has a good consistency. the malts and hops are almost equal. tasty all the way marcus (10560) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle from Beer Revolution. Pors cloudy copper with a modest off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a dry bitter toffee flavor with a burnt candi sugar finish.This is certainly not a typical barleywine as it has very little sweetness, but there is an interesting blend of tastes. storminorman (78) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Pours a nice golden color. Has a little hoppy bitter smell. Tastes a littler bitter.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, caramel, hops, slight citrus, toasting, and a hint of pine. Poured copper/amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, slight citrus, slight pine, resin, toasting, light caramel, slight wood, and a hint of Earth. Medium body. Slick texture becomes lightly dry. Average carbonation. Malt, caramel, wood, resin finish is dry, lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a good amount of head. Light malty hoppy flavor with a quick finish. Livid (49) - - JAN 30, 2012
22oz bottle, served at cellar temp in a tulip. Pours clear copper-brown with a little bit of tan head, faint lacing. Smells strong - caramel, toffee, resinous hop and pine with a detectable odor of alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty, with notes of caramel, almost-but-not-quite-balanced by burst of grassy, pine hop bitterness at the end. Full-bodied mouthfeel. If only the hops were better balanced - another year in the cellar might help with the balance. However, if it were hopped a little more, it might make for a good IIPA. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
This beer pours a dark reddish brown. I got a strange whiff when opening the bottle and was worried because this is a hopped beer from 2011! But I figured that the high ABV of 9.5% and the candy sugar from Belgium would offset that. The initial aroma once in the glass is a bit of caramel, a little Werthers wrapped candy. But I also get a quick hit of bitterness and at the back the faint aroma of sawdust.
The taste is surprisingly good. This beer did hold up! There is a good sparkle to it. A little caramel which must be from the candy sugar and then a good bit of bitterness that holds on for a while. I’m also getting some notes of citrus juice too. The end dries up the palate a bit but then the next sip begins the re-hydrating process anew. savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 15, 2011
22 oz bottle. Clear reddish mahogany with a tiny beige head. Pleasant aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, pine and some caramel. Flavor of sweet caramel malt with a firm hop bitterness and light medicinal, alcohol in the finish. Medium body with low carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. Not my favorite type of Barley wine, a bit sweet and hot which lowers the drinkability for me.