This is an ale that is a bit brighter, lighter, and fruitier than perhaps most. In each sip, you can pick up flavours like orange/tangerine, maybe even a hint of some things like pineapple or watermelon. After those evaporate, that's when the stronger side comes out - this is a brew with manners, it seems... almost like the beginning of something like a boxing match. A courteous greeting before a show of strength. The malt's sweet candy flavours and a bit of alcohol warmth and flavour finish off each sip... leaving your mouth feeling a bit sticky. Kind of like Pumbaa's grubs - slimy, yet satisfying.
This is an ale that I could see some say is a bit unbalanced. For a barley wine, though, I think it does a great job of showing some lighter traits along with its stronger ones. It's a very enjoyable brew, and I plan on getting one or two more to tuck away for a while.