Had my first taste of this last night. It's not cloyingly sweet, or really that sweet at all compared to some other barleywines i've had. It has a really nice toffee flavor and some brown sugar as well as some breadiness. I guess finding the right balance is possible even with a ton of crystal malt.
Was it carbonated?
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