22 oz bomber, thanks to ArrogantB for the trade.
Pretty much pure orange color with a very fine amount of head and lace. To be honest, more head and lace than I was expecting considering the ABV.
Before getting into the specifics, this is obviously still way too hot. The alcohol is going to need at LEAST a year to even out and after that we are probably looking at several more years of great cellaring ahead of it.
Very typical of the American version of the Barley Wine style. Initial sweetness is tempered by a hot alcohol burn and wickedly bitter grapefruit and metallic finish. Aftertaste lingers and really bites with some serious alcohol warmth.
Some slickness in the mouth, but not too cloying. Not my favorite style (I prefer the original, English style) and I really should learn to lay these baby’s down before I crack ’em – I’d enjoy them even more that way. Not easy to drink this young, and one of these over the course of a complete evening with three or four glasses of water is how I like to handle it.