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3.48/5 rDev -14.3%
22 oz. bottle split with my dad. Winter 2010/2011 label on the cap. Served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks to Gushue3 for hitting this want of mine.
A: Pours a dark ruby with purple hues intertwined and light red edges. there a half inch off white head that forms on the pour and it recedes to a nice thick collar that leaves some stick lace.
S: Very light hops actually pop here right at the beginning, but it gives way to quickly to caramel malts, some burnt sugar and some plums and raisins.
T: There is almost a very faint oxidized flavor going on that leans to a sherry like flavor. Interesting to say the least. The toffee and caramel malts from the nose show up here as well the some booze soaked dark fruits and some candied figs.
M: Medium bodied, surprisingly a tad thin. I prefer a thick and syrupy mouthfeel and this didn't quite hit that. Lower carbonation as well.
O: The mouthfeel was a tad of a conundrum for me as I don't know how something this high ABV with all the right barleywine characteristics can be as thin as is it was. Still a nice tasting brew though.
01-08-2012 15:20:25 | More by Treebs
4/5 rDev -1.5%
On tap at the Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY.
Pours a golden brown with a nice thick head and good carbonation for a Barleywine. It doesnt seem as syrupy as some can be.
Smells of sweet vanilla, candied fruit, and booze.
Taste is similar, adding some brandy like characteristics and grassy/hay notes.
Overall, a nice barleywine, mild, drinkable and approachable.
01-03-2012 01:21:57 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Presentation: Bomber bottle from November of this year poured into a snifter glass. Poured and enjoyed at around cellar temperature.
Appearance: Medium to dark brown in color, with a creamy beige three finger head. Really sticky lacing around the glass.
Aroma: Pecans, figs, dates and caramel upfront in the nose. Much more nutty than I expected. A pretty strong herbal presence and some booze does shine through. Nicely balanced and very interesting.
Taste: Roasted pecans, smokey malt, and molasses. Really nice secondary notes of dark fruit, prominently dates and figs. Herbal notes and a bit of pine. The alcohol is really well hidden and the beer is nicely complex. Improves more and more as I sip it.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Really smooth.
Overall, a really one of a kind, tasty and complex barleywine. The alcohol is well hidden. I definitely will pick more of this up and keep some in the cellar to see how it evolves.
12-31-2011 00:43:59 | More by Gosox8787
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
Good stickiness, murky Carmel body, great carbonation. Close creamy body of bubbles.
Thick sweet flavors, spruce.tips, caramel, molasses. Dark fruits, dates and.plums.
Thick. Creamy, sticky flavors. This has the most unusual power. Like a syrup without q problem.
12-30-2011 04:24:20 | More by Khazadum
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottled November 2011. Pours a dark, ruby-brown with a small tan/off-white head that disappears very quickly. Scent is a bit boozy, slight brandy aroma. A lot of dark fruit and sweet caramel malt. Tons of malt and some faint English hops. Taste is nitially dark fruit forward with hints of alcohol...not nearly as much as I was expecting though. A lot of caramel and vanilla with intense malt flavors. Raisins, dates, plums, and English malt and hops with a nice, warming boozy finish. Mouthfeel is full bodies with nice carbonation and slightly syrupy. Drinkability is scary high for such a big beer. Overall, hard to distinguish between a quad and this english barleywine. Could easily pass for a slightly hoppy quad. Nevertheless, a great beer.
12-29-2011 05:26:55 | More by DovaliHops
3.45/5 rDev -15%
A: Dark brown, ruby in color with some minimal off-white head. A bit darker than expected.
S: Caramel, bready malts followed by some strong and sweet booze. Some brown sugar and slight fig aroma. Just a bit overwhelming fresh I suppose. Minimal bitterness as expected.
T: Seems to have more flavor resonating after swallowing the beer. Begins a bit hot and with some sweetness. The caramel comes through late, strange. Alcohol is surprisingly less noticeable on the palate as on the nose. Follows the guidelines of an English barleywine on the low hop character, just seems to lack body.
M: 13.5 abv English BW, you would expect a malty, syrupy treat. Seems to be a bit thin somehow. Carbonation is a bit prickly on the tip of the tongue as well.
O: Seems good English Barleywines are hard to come by with American brewers. Might have to stick with good old J.W Lees when I need my sweet barleywine fix.
12-27-2011 05:26:41 | More by kiddynamite920
3.4/5 rDev -16.3%
Pours a clear garnet with a pretty large creamy head. Nose is thick, sticky malt, honey, some leafy bitterness. Mouth is malt forward, sticky, a definitely leafy finish that could either mean this is a touch oxidized or it's something about this particular beer. Sweet, honey upfront. As it opened the leafy finish kind of calms down, but there's still something there I don't really dig. Feel is super creamy, thick and velvet. Overall pretty nice, but not one of the better English barley wines or old ales out there.
12-27-2011 01:45:06 | More by JAXSON
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
Bottled Nov 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper/brown color with a decent sized beige head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of toffee and caramel with hints of chocolate and brown sugar. Bready chocolate aroma with a hint of peanut butter? I swear it smells like a peanut butter ball a little. Taste is malty sweet with lots of caramel and brown sugar up front. Dark fruits like dried cherries, plums, and prunes. A hint of warming alcohol comes in but is never harsh. Thick body with a sweet sticky mouthfeel and a low to moderate level of carbonation. This is a big beer that demands respect, but proves to be quite easy to consume. I enjoyed this, but I did find it a touch boring, on the other hand, I'd love to see how this ages.
12-24-2011 02:10:28 | More by johnnnniee
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Big thanks to jmu500 for the great extra.
22oz. Brown bottle poured into a Russian River tulip.
A: Pours a lightish brown with copper hues. Decent head on the pour with some retention and little lacing.
S: Sweet caramel and toffee with plenty of dark fruits. Much more of the fruit from the big yeasty esters. Some hop aroma to balance... Almost seems like American hops with the fruits going around.
T/M: Dark fruits are still big with plenty of the caramel and toffee with a touch of molasses. Some hop bitterness and flavor to balance a touch. Alcohol is pleasant and soothing, though I'd never guess 13.5. Carbonation is mild and body is medium full to full.
D: Pretty damn tasty beer. One of the few pretty things beers that I've had but another tasty one.
12-22-2011 01:26:17 | More by pwoods
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured in to my Portsmouth snifter
A: This beer pours a ruddy, reddish brown with a one finger of sudsy off white head. Head recedes somewhat quickly leaving minor spots of lacing on the glass.
S: Nose is sweet caramel and toffee notes, with some dark fruits - plum, raisin and a bit of grape.
T: Taste is toffee sweetness at the forefront. A touch of booziness comes through mingled with caramel notes. The booziness isn't overpowering or detering. It actually works well with how the beer is blended. The dark fruit flavoring of plum comes in, and then a lighter raisin and grape flavoring with a bit of a woody character to it.
M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, rich body but not overly thick.
O: Goes down easy, quite tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, nice representation of style. I'm not a big fan of barleywines, appreciate the style but don't often seek them out. I would definitely have this beer again though.
12-20-2011 01:05:24 | More by Jayli
4.1/5 rDev +1%
22oz bottle, $11.00 at The Liquor Store in Tyngsboro, Mass.
Pours chestnut brown with a quarter inch head of beige. A few errant whisps on the surface for the duration with sparrotic dots of lacing.
Aromatics lead off with figs, toffee, vanilla, juicy malt, and a caramel reduction. Hints of leather, nougat, and Werther's candies follow through.
On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slickish, tacky mouthfeel.
Dark fruit, caramel-drizzeled nougat, and juicy malt start the palate. Hints of vanilla, toffee, and plump raisins follow through.
Finishes with plenty of malty heff, warming alcohol, and chipped toffe.
Great beer. Zero hopping to speak of and a great hybrid-english style BW. I would be interested in seeing where this one goes in the cellar.
12-19-2011 22:51:01 | More by brewandbbq
4.45/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
Pours a cloudy, murky brown with a finger of eggshell head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is malt heavy with muted hop notes to it. Lots of biscuity, breadiness going on here along with caramel.
The taste has lots of the caramel malt notes to it, alcohol, slight dark fruits, heavy tobacco, mild hop bitterness. Exceedingly balanced and really enjoyable. The alcohol notes are mild for the actual abv. Really, really good.
Mouthfeel is on the heavy side with solid carbonation to lift the flavors off the tongue.
Highly recommended. I wish it were a little easier to obtain but for ~$10 a bomber I'd definitely pick this up again.
12-19-2011 18:20:49 | More by hippityhops85
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