The beer pours a deep copper and amber in color. There is a relatively short head of light tan foam. The aroma is deep, fruity, sweet, but with tang, candied oranges, citrus rinds, overripe tangy tropical fruits, melons, caramel, with some grassiness. The taste follows the aromas, big, tangy, sweet, fruity. There is some pine that comes in as well. The finish is astringently dry, like grapefruit peel, with a large bitterness battling the sweetness of fruit and caramel. The beer drinks smooth and tangy. This is a really excellent American barleywine.
I see I liked this in 2011, but not nearly as much as I do now: The beer pours dark amber/copper in color, translucent but not transparent. The aroma is hoppy, sweet, roasted malt, burnt caramel, and rye (this does not contain rye, but it has that spicy, bready rye aroma). The taste pretty well follows the aroma, although the taste is less hoppy and more rye bread, not nearly as sweet as many high alcohol barley wines, this has a nice dry, bitter finish.