Typical Barleywine/Old Ale appearance, with a dense, dark brown body and virtually no head (what little that there was disapates quickly to leave a ring around the circumference). Yeast floaties hang around the whole body of the beer.
The aromas start attacking the second that the cap is prised off. The nose is all sugary caramels.
Very, very sweet and that’s coming from someone who likes malty, sugary beers. A good hop finish that is a nice one for me since it mellows out and is not too strong.
Light syrupy mouthfeel is not overwhelmingly heavy like some others in the style can be.
Definite warming on the way down, but it is controlled and balanced.
Nice example, thanks to beerhandy in the Secret Bunny ’05.