Derek wrote: Seriously though, I'd say this is a barley wine without the hops & bitterness for balance:
But American's just wouldn't see this as a barely wine. They expect stuff like Bigfoot.
I'm not a huge fan of Thomas Hardy's either, but I do find it a bit more 'drinkable.'
I wouldn't expect something as intense and American as Bigfoot for an old ale, but a more prominent and drying English hop character would likely cut the sweetness. Others like Gale's Prize, The Iron Tankard, Fuller's Vintage, Hibernation, and Ola Dubh 40 have tart, hoppy or roasted flavours to even things out. Still happy to see this one available, though, and it was interesting to try.