Poured into the small Gouden Carolus chalice, it takes on a golden brown color – a little less dark than I was expecting. Not much head or lacing, but I wasn’t expecting much of course.
This is absolutely typical of an English Barleywine. Smooth, intensely fruity with plums, figs, raisins and oranges making up a very, very dense fruit and alcohol. Very little hop essence, so unlike its American interpretation. I am often reminded as to how much the two versions differ.
Intense is the word both for the aroma and the tastes. Rich,dark, deep fruits prevail. Alcohol incredibly well masked
Mouthfeel is classical, with a sweet sugary experience being the main focus. Delicious. Sip, sip, sip…it’s difficult to put down.