Definitely one of the best Barley wines to date. If you wrote off this style grab two of these hide one away for a few years and drink one now.
2011 bottle served in Brooklyn Tulip
A: Great looking, perfect beer. Tawny-to-copper colored, with good clarity, foamy off-white head that fades away and leaves some decent lacing.
S: Fruity and grainy. Booze is almost invisible. Dried apricot, some dark fruits like raisins and dates and figs, toasted grains, caramel, and a hint of citrus, probably from an English Ale yeast.
T: Close to the nose, with nice variables. Sticky toffee and dried fruits on the front and middle of the palette, finishes with a flash of a toasted or lightly burn caramel grain. A splash of alcohol rounds out the flavors.
MF: Medium, thin almost…really just moderate with some good sticky viscous notes and a ghost-like dryness.
O: A nice winter drinker with well-masked alcohol and not too much sugary & buttery malt presence. Recommended.