yespr (39991) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown, slightly unclear with a small tan head. Aroma is dark toffee malt with a nice fruity hops note. Bitter and sweet caramelish flavoured. Smooth malt mouthfeel and with a nice drying bitterness following into the finish.
bhensonb (13854) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at West Coast Brew Fest 2013. Pours ruddy copper. Aroma is rather barleywine. Med + body. There’s a lot of hop, but the oak escaped me. So much hop the malt is barely noticeable. It’s very hoppy, finishing very tasty.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Clear copper body with medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin/vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some raisin, light alcohol/Bourbon. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
Lubiere (12704) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lightly hazed dark amber with a very thin light mochta head. In aroma, smooth vinous malt with light licorice, not baf. In mouth, a sweet bourbon like offering with caramel, treacle, licorice, grassy British hopsand warming alcohol, not bad.
jcwattsrugger (12128) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a tan head and dark amber color. Aroma is wood, medium malt, some earthy. Taste is orange, wood/grain/medium malt, some earthy.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Weak toffee-ish aroma. The taste is toffee malts, mild berry notes and faint resin hops. Medium bodied. No clue this was barrel aged.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Snifter on tap at Lackman on a Sunday. $6. Totally hazy red / brown color. Good thin white head. Some decent loose lace. Bigger body. Good smooth lighter carbonation. Lightly creamy... Dry in the finish. Toasty English malts, some light dark fruit. Earthy hop. Moderate bitter taste, light alcohol warmth. Hint of chocolate. Solid, complex, English strong
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Sweet, fruity malts and leafy, spicy hops suffuse this strong ale’s slick body.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy dark red.
-There is but a splash of alcohol heat in the background.
-I have to admit that even though this was competently executed, I thought the recipe was rather boring.
-Bananas and litchis peek through the flavour profile once in a while.
On tap at the brewpub.
marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours medium brown with a decent beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor that is smoky and bready.
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a light cream colored head. Toffee and light cocoa aroma. Cocoa and caramel flavor with light hops. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and cocoa lingers with light mineral notes.