fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from QFC, Seattle
Nice dark amber color with red hue, clean, and with small compact head. Aroma and flavor are caramel based, the aroma is also a bit oxidized, there are enough residual sugars, and it ends with a strong component of roasted nuts; although in the final there is a bit of chicory-like bitterness.
Ferris (7554) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Grains and some dark sugary malts. Clear copper with a small beige head. Nice malty nots. Some plum and a nice malty finish. Nothing particularly interesting, but nice.
czar (5553) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours hazy/cloudy light brown, orange tint, with a creamy reviving light beige cap, some retention and lacing. caramel spicy maltiness, peppery toffee, nutmeg and cinnamon, roasted berries, earth, dirt and pine; booze, bit of sweetness - burnt sugars, grass, clean yeast. light carbonation - weak bubbles, medium body - oily; assertive if not slightly harsh citrusy-spicy-piney finish. o-k.
drsandman (593) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper brown, off white head. aroma is spices, clove, floral hop, plum. Flavor is sweet dark fruits, spiced grain, earthy hop. Med body, med sweet.
skoisirius (1833) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice winter ale. Caramel notes into bits of plum and a nice hop rush with roast towards the finish.
Bookseeb (127) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is a dark brown copper color supporting a thin dissipating head leaving patchy lace. Smell of dark specialty malts, dark fruits with a light sweetness. Taste has a rich flavor of the dark fruits, strong malt backbone with a touch of hops to offset the sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and slick. A very nice strong ale thats an easy sipper on the coldest days.
WABeerFiend (320) - - JAN 16, 2015
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 12.23.13.
A: Slight head. Cloudy dark amber.
S: Sweet malt, fruity. Maybe has raspberry.
T: Black pepper, toast, bitter hops. Some fruit.
O: The black pepper hits very hard along with a strong bitterness. A terrible burnt aftertaste then takes over. This one is not balanced at all. I thought that it might have been a bad bottle, but at 7% ABV, it should have held up. This went down the drain.
mjg74 (2787) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Walmart. Deep amber/brownish in color. Rich, slightly sweet malty nose. Quite rich and malty up front. Finish is strong on the grapefruit peel. Strong roasty ale with a bitter finish.
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty and nutty, with hints of leather, caramel, and toast. Taste/Palate: starts sweet and crisp, and finishes creamy with a long bitterness.
chinchill (2896) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large shared bottle pours near black with a decent head.
The aroma is like a typical barleywine: fruity and lightly boozy.
The bitter flavor reflects a higher hop load than expected. The feel is slightly harsh.
O: disappointing, especially considering the fine aroma.