Steve's Liquor, Madison
Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K pours with a ton of tiny sediment that in this case (and this case only in my expierence) add to the looks of this brew. The sediment is perfectly suspended throughout the ruby elixer and the light seems to bounce off every tiny little particle creating a snow-globe like effect. Very cool. A one finger ecru head forms on the pour that fades to a half finger but surprisingly stays put for the entirety. Leaves drink lines with each sip. This is a great looking barleywine.
The aroma has a solid amount of fruit present. Among layer after layer of malt goodness. Mild rum soaked raisins linger in the background along with prunes and a hint of dates occasionally. The malts steal the show. Caramel and toffee dominate. There's a slight peat like smokiness that only shows itself every now and then. Vanilla. cream, and a ghostly oakiness waft through the air as well. Spicy alcohol toward the backend.
This is a malt bomb of a beer with the needed alcohol backing. Caramel kicks things off and there's a surprising spicy hop kick quickly following. The hops actually linger throughout the drink and into the swallow leaving a nice moderate bitterness. I'm surprised the hops are as prominant as they are with none being detected in the nose. Heavy caramel leads througout with waves of toffee, vanilla, mild oak, and spicy alcohol on the swallow. Excellent!
First few sips gave me the impression of a syrupy sticky mouthfeel. As I drink on the mouthfeel becomes much more lush and velvety. The stickiness is there on the swallow but the body is extremely luxurious on the tongue.
This is a sipping brew with the big alcohol and complexities but it seems to open more the longer you sip. I'd be content sipping the night away with this one.
Another impressive beer from Central Waters. Excellent barleywine with layer upon layer of flavor. Continues to open more and more as it warms.
Price: $3.49 Served In: Snifter
Deep and dark mostly mahogany with a semi-darker chestnut/cherrywood mask. That's when up to a decent light source, in low light its inky black with a sliver highlight near the bottom of it mask. Firm inch high capping of lightly tanned foam that shifts itself to a moderate skimming and collar after a bit. Lace coats and sticks well with moth holey sheeting.
Aroma is a broadened deep breath of heated dark fruity malt that seeps date, prune, plum, and raisin along with some rummy molasses and dark caramel sweetness surfing about. Liquid tobacco and smokey old world maple syrup sit in there as well. Think Old Ale meets Scotch Ale?
As far as the taste goes, that's exactly what I come to embark; Old ale meets Scotch ale with an impression of a darker English barleywine. Lots of malt caresses the palate with deep and thick, lush and lofty, soft and smooth, supple and dark fruityness with an impeccable profile within its flavor character. Semi earthy and closing in on a burntish effect is date and fig soaked in dark rum with raisin, molasses, maple, and tobacco soaked in port. Emmense but incredibly well-handled warmth takes the back end and wraps it all up with just a hint to orangey tanged hoppy bitterness. Damn nice and comletely perfect with complexity, length, and balance.
Body is tantamount to that of a chewy Doppelbock while sub-casting itself as a warming Old ale of malt laden goodness. The level of smoothness is quite sublime and very supple in its thickness as its bold deepness in flavors coexist decorously along its lengthy path to its warming heart.
This stuff sinks right in and was way more drinkable then imagined as it comsumes your mind quickly with jubilated comfort.
Central Waters has one heck of a keeper of a Barleywine that really seems more like an Ole Ale of the aged J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale kind of thing. Remarkably yummy stuff!
Served In: Goblet
A nice drink after shots and Amber Bocks at the bar all night upnat the lake. Over 20 bottles of Boulevard beer during the day.
Pours a deep dark red with a small foamy hear that settles to a small layer of thick white foam and little lacing.
Smells of deep thick malt with notes of dark and thick caramel and light toffee. Light roasted note with a touch of cream and a good bit of alcohol warmth still. Fruity esters make their way through all the other aromas to make their selves known.
Smooth malt body. Lots of warm creamy caramel with a nice toasty flavor cover the tongue and wrap it in smooth flavor. Medium heavy body makes itself known but it aged better then anythig else Central Waters makes. I love their beers but it seems even their RIS' are past their prime after 6 months. This one really holds up while not being overly sweet or heavy. Alcohol heat has cooled and only leaves a touch of alcohol and a nice sweetness. Very little touch of oxidiation comes through just slightly at the very end with a touch of soured fruit.
Overall a well made brew. Nice now but I don't thing I'd age it even for the 6 months I've had it in the refrigerator since I got it. Drink it fresh and deal with it next time.
Served In: Pint Glass
I believe this bottle came courtesy of Furley.
Beautiful color. Deep, deep amber, bordering on red. Nice head, but fine bubbles, and dissipated down to a fine ring.
Smells like a barleywine, to me. Well played, Kosmyk Charlie. I get a lot of strong, sweet malt and alcohol, along with some finer candied smells.
The taste is really fine, also. Strong alcohol presence up front, but not mediciny like many barleywines can get. It settles into a dark, figgy flavor, finished clean with almost a fruitiness.
The mouthfeel is oily, yet not so thick as to be a nuisance. Long, lingering aftertaste, especially in the middle of the tongue.
I'm going to have to find myself some more of this brew. It is just wonderful.
Served In: Pint Glass
A - Pours a clean, clear dark amber colored body. Beige head atop is about two fingers thick and made up of varying sized bubbles. Good retention and sticky lacing.
S - Lots of big sweet malt going on here. Caramel, toffee and molasses are all here. Some roasty malts. Dark fruit, especially figs.
T - Sweet and rich, with loads of flavors going on. Tons of sweet fruit flavors start this out with strawberry, grape, fig, and cherry. Sweet caramel and toffee play along. Hops come in with a bitterness that hits the tip of the tongue. Bitterness lasts long after the beer is in your stomach.
M - Medium full bodied. Slightly fuzzy carbonation.
D - I am really digging this beer. Full of flavor and still hitting the spot on a humid day.
Served In: Pint Glass
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