The pour was a clear dark reddish amber with an average (1-2 finger) tan creamy head that diminished down to a large puddled film and small collar with excellent sticky sheets of lacing.
The aroma was of a sweet caramel malt, floral hops and a doughy yeast with notes of toffee, citrus (orange), dark fruit (figs and dates), candi sugar and a mild alcohol presence.
The taste was extremely malty with a slight caramel sweetness and a strong dark fruit presence from the start, and then became decently hoppy with a nice sweet toffee presence and a light citrus peel bitterness towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a very long time proceeding the swallow, with a bitter sweet citrus peel taste lingering on along with an slow creeping alcohol warming sensation.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a nice dry texture and a soft mellow carbonation.
Overall this was a very tasty Barleywine: even though I did find to be pretty basic for the style, it did posses an nice hoppy bite. I did however expect a much bitterer flavor with an IBU of 120...