The beer pours a deep, dark, yet gleaming, copper and amber, notes of glowing burnt orange to burnt umber. There is a short and thin head of very light tan head. The aroma is malty caramel with a rich, fruity tang, dark berries and stone fruits. The taste follows the aromas directly, lots of caramel and dark fruits. There is a light bitterness and tannin-like feel on the finish. It is not boozy, but is very warming with its alcohol. It drinks smooth and round. This is a very nice and pleasant barleywine, patience is rewarded in this instance.