A: Amber that deeps orange with a haze. Thick off white of medium retention.
S: Full tree fruit sweet and sour. Background malty breadiness and a touch of toffee.
T: Bitterness and sourness upfront then the sweetness follows. Big carbonation and our bottle is a year old. Maybe some spices coming through. Alcohol is warming.
D: It's not bad and the complexity of a barleywine is present. The sweetness is held in check so it's a drinkable and I would try it again. The sourness, if that's what it is, kind of throws my experience with this beer off.
Pours clear with tons of off-white, frothy foam. Retention is way above average with a thick, sheeting lacing that doesn't stick.
Aroma is apples, slight sour, floral, and some malts. Bread and caramel. (?)
Taste is interesting and a bit different than usual barley wines. Sour really takes off, apple, and bread/caramel malts. There is a solid bitterness to the finish.
Medium body with a real prickly carbonation that takes a bit away from the beer itself.
I like this beer but the sour/tart profile really bothered me. Good fruits, floral, and sweetness. Cherries is another way to think of the sour profile, which I can buy in the aroma but not the taste. Enjoy!
Aroma: Some malt. Some floral elements. Hard to I.D. elements. An alcoholic yeasty note in background.
Look: Half inch of head rests to clean 1/8" of heavy cream that clings to glass.
Taste: Sour up front over alcohol. Starting a conversation on is a barelywine sour or sweet? The basic elements are there, complicated. Hard to nail. Is it cherry or is it sour? Is it complicated and to style or out of balance? Is it alcohol burn or spicy?