Pours cloudy (chill haze as this one was cold) with about an inch of off-white foam. Retention was average, maybe. Lacing is splotchy and juicy, mostly sliding back into the beer.
Aroma is sweet fruits up front that give way to sweet caramel malts and dark fruits (as it warmed). Toffee, molasses (actually probably brown sugar), and a host of other notes swam their way across the ole sniffer.
Taste is lots of sweetness. Caramel malts add a lot to the makeup of this beer. Dark fruits ring true in the middle. The end brings sweet, juicy fruits with a touch of roasted malt for a touch more complexity.
Big end of medium body with minimal carbonation. Drying with gusts of alcohol.
When I purchased a few years back with a couple of other Central Waters beers I thought this was the dud of the group. Wrong. Darn tasty and a solid barleywine offering. Possibly a bit on the sweet side. Enjoy!
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