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Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 15 5 8 2007
22oz Bomber

2007 Bottling

I got this one in a great trade with Faro awhile back, thanks again Jeff! There's nothing like a big old barleywine on a frigid evening like tonight. Winter Warlock fills this snifter with a hazed over glowing orange viscous liquid. A couple small streams of carbonation crawl up the sides of the glass but that's all I can find. The head was a little tough to conjure up but a higher pour brought about a finger of clean white foam. The head recedes rather quickly to a thin skimming with a nice collar. The orange body on this brew is pretty unique. A quick swirl brings back the head and leaves behind some patchy lacing.

The nose is loaded with interesting and lightly spiced fruits. Orange peel jumps straight out of the glass and into my nose. Toffee, freshly husked grains and caramel make up the canvas of this BW while allowing the orange peel, slightly under ripe plum, pear, cinnamon, and clean booze to shine in that order. I don't know where the cinnamon is coming from but it adds something much needed to the nose of this beer. The graininess is something I don't come across often in a beer of this style but I must say I really enjoy it.

The flavor comes together nicely with the toffee, orange and plum meshing perfectly. The malty backbone fits what the nose hinted at with caramel and a clean graininess but they stay in the background. Orange and plum peak mid-palate before slowly fading into the finish with a quick flash of sweetness. There's a unique spicing in this BW. Cinnamon and light brown sugar joins forces to add another layer of depth while the finish brings a quick flash of gritty pear and clean alcohol. This is a very enjoyable English barleywine.

The body is a bit of a surprise to me. It's lighter than I would have imagined for the abv but it manages to fit this beer perfectly well. The body is on the lighter side of full and the carbonation, that was barely visible, is active enough to add a touch of frothiness on the swallow. A little residual sugar is left behind after each sip.

I'm sitting here drinking a 9% barleywine and I can't believe how easy it's going down. This snifter is disappearing in a hurry. The alcohol is only noticeable with a tickling of the nose and a little warmth in the cheeks. This one is very easy to put away.

It's a perfect wintery evening for a BW and this one seemed to fit the bill perfectly. There is a great depth and a myriad of unique flavors. I'd love to get some bottles of the '08 Winter Warlock. Thanks for the treat Jeff!

Reviewed: 12/8/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 02/02/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 16 4 9 2008
Semi hazey peachy golden hue with a firm, slimming foam that doesn't last long. Keeps a thin ring of foam at the base and has a few spots of lacing tossed about and sticking to the glass.

Aroma is lofty yet soft and toned in a welcoming mild and clean scent of some golden promise-like malt sweetness, breadish and doughy with touches of white raisin, dried orange, toffee, and banana; which especially seep as it warms.

Taste encompasses the idea of the aroma with a fairly mellow but broadly placed heft of soothing soft and mildly tamed sweetness of malts. Semi bready, mostly sweet with a alluring little softness to toffee and a dullishly orange grated background. Hints at some white raisin and dried tropical fruity stuff as it sticks a firm glue of malty goo and chew. It grows on you as it goes, as at first I was unimpressed, but as I got half way through the bomber it got more likeable with a nice deft in character and tonality.

Feel is clean and soft with a hefty yet yielding balance of malty cloying goodness. Keeps a upfornt rib sticking, palate covering mildness of malty fun yummyness as its overall nature. Creamy, slippery, slick with a bit of stick.

A good malt profile and an easy going mildness in flavor, tone, and body make this a decent and overall yummy little drinkin Barleywine. Perhaps not as dark and deceptive as some other English styled BW's I like, but this fits the bill well enough. For a change of pace this stuff is suited well and made well. Thanks Flat Earth!

Price: $6.00 Served In: Goblet

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