The beer pours medium dark brown, with hints of orange and ruby. There is a short head of off-white foam with some small, soapy bubbles. The aroma is dark fruits, toffee, with some nuttiness, with the port wine coming in softly on the tail end. There is also a bit of woodiness from the barrel. The taste takes all of the notes from the aromas and mixes them together in a surprisingly congruous meld. I was at first skeptical of a barleywine aged in port barrels as opposed to some type of whiskey, but the dark fruits of the port go well with this barleywine. The finish has a dry, woody, astringency. The beer drinks smooth and round. As it warms, more and more of the port comes through, dark, juicy raisins, notes of zinfandel.