500ml bottle. A blend of traditional English and new-World American sensibilities for the style. 'Farligwine' translates as 'Dangerous Wine', which I suppose somewhat explains the typically creepy label imagery.
This beer pours a murky, rather dark red brick amber colour, with a fistful of puffy, finely foamy, and kind of creamy beige head, which leaves some decent Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of bitter orange, grapefruit, and lime citrus rind, crackery caramel malt, dry butterscotch toffee, toasted pale malts, dense black fruit - plum, cherries, and black currants - reduced brown sugar, resinous pine extract, sort of minty tea leaves, and a mild sense of watery mocha. The taste is more fairly bitter blood orange citrus and muddled tropical fruit hop notes, bready caramel malt, dewy forest floor pine needles, dark chocolate, stale coffee, a weirdly isolated mustiness, and a hint of burgeoning alcohol.
The bubbles are present, but pretty innocuous in their bearing, the body a stocky medium-heavy weight, almost a strain on the palate, this one is, and mostly smooth, but for the hovering bitter citrus rind and pine hops. It finishes off-dry, barely, the hops and sneaky-ass alcohol sort of pushing the faltering malt towards a hidden precipice.
While not overly complex, this has the hops to duly qualify it as an American example of its kind. Beyond that, the malt sort of never really finds its footing, ceding a lot to a strong mustiness that resonates more with English versions, what with their relative oldness. Anyways, this is a blend of influences, and it obviously shows. The biggest unmentioned thing thus far is the well-obscured ABV - barely a wisp of boozy astringency, and I'm well through the half-litre already. Oh my, dangerous, indeed!
Pours murky brown with a large head.
Nose shows raisins, soft booze, brown sugar, golden syrup, bready malt and almond essence. Awesome!
Flavours are a bit of a letdown after all that, but include sweet caramel and golden syrup, hot booze, sultanas and an assertive bitterness.
Too highly carbonated.
Pours dark copper, somewhat mahogany, small white head quick to some really messy froth.
Smells awesomely hoppy, peach and orange extract, with grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet caramel, boozy, hoppy.
Taste is really sticky sweet, but fortunately really fruity. There's a big fruity jam complexity, from peach and apricot, to orange (peely), strawberry and rhubarb and white raisin. Got also some plum, persimmom, cherry plum and pineapple. Malts have a big say in this one, with a really enriching caramel sweetness, but also a nice toasted (almost roasted) note, bringing honeyed toast and some cocoa powder in the finish. Hops are busy throughout: green, fresh and minty.
Medium body, low carbonation, a bit sticky. Alcohol is just, a thing that any good barleywine should manage to handle. Aftertaste of fruity hops, lingering sweetness and bitter leafiness.
Never had any Beer Here, so i guess i'm off to a good start. A really ballsy American hoppy barleywine, on equal footing with other renowned ones.
Great looking beer with a hugely fluffy head over dark brown body.
Muted aromas then whack! A huge malt and hop bomb.
Somewhat dry caramel flavours dominate.
A bit too lightweight overall mouthfeel wise, but good drinking.
HINT - better cool than warmed.....
Pours a dark murky brown hue with a creamy two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere, the smell is freshly cut grass, piney resinous hops and some candy malts, the mouthfeel is full bodied with above moderate carbonation and the tastes are a big clash of hops and malts with piney resinous hops, candy dark malts,bitter grapefruit and finished with a herbal hop earthiness and overall its alright but probably wouldnt buy it again cheers.