The aromas are rich and roasty as well as resiny, with burnt caramel, dried fig, anise and clove lifting the dominant booziness; you can definitely tell this is going to be a strong beer. Weighty but bright in the mouth with moderate carbonation leading into intense burnt notes of toast, graham cracker, brown sugar, dark bittersweet chocolate, tobacco and earth. The finish is eternal with a strong Sumatra coffee flavor. A very good sipper that should hold nicely.
12 oz/4 pack
American Barley Wine
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).