This 9.0% ABV barley-wine is brewed by Adnams Southwold of Suffolk, and bottled by Martsons in Burton On Trent, England. It is a limited edition, brewed once a year since 1880. This is the 2012 vintage. If I like it, I'll get another bottle to age, according to the bottle, "it can be laid down like a fine wine."
The beer pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby and garnet. There is a short and thin head of very light brown foam. The aroma is malty, caramel, dark stone fruits, almost red wine, the alcohol is noticeable, a sweetness with notes of toffee, and a tang on the end. The taste is malty, both dark roasted and sweet, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, with enough bitterness to not be cloying. It is hefty without being heavy, the alcohol warms the mouth and it finishes quite dry. This one is worth a try.