Nose: malty, spicy, woody, hoppy, and rustic. Cinnamon and nutmeg, fruitcake with candied cherries. Raisins and dates are dense and fruitcakes. Real licorice strings. Rich. Cherry cordials with little chocolate.
Palate: clean and decadent with gentle rustic froth – soft and velveteen bordered by rustic roughness of the woods. Doesn’t dry the back top of my tongue immediately, a wonderful parchment I am more than pleased to quench. Spice along the sides and back. Sweetness concentrated in the middle – maraschino cherries, raisins, and dates. Cinnamon. Red apple orchards with skin tannins, fleshy sweetness, and woods. Sweetness settles as warms up and flavors melt together.
Final Thoughts: age has done this barleywine very well indeed. Some of Boulder’s standard line of beers is alright for sessions and there is nothing wrong with a beery session, but stand outs like this reaffirm to my passion for beer.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)