Frydaddy (21) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a 2009 that I had found in a store last year (2013). Which is crazy, since now the beer had aged for five years when I finally drank it. The hops aroma and bitterness was very subdued. Very malty and sweet wonderful. I have to say, it aged quite well. Some sherry notes detonated from the oxidation Iím sure. But all-in-all this beer ROCKED!! Iíd recommend to anyone if you can get your hands on one do it!
tmoreau (2621) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 2013 bomber poured to snifters, displaying a mahogany hue, with a modest layer of off white/light tan head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose offered an initial dank hint, with a touch of mustiness, caramel sweetness, esters as dried cherry, and lurking alcohol presence. Moderate hop bitterness was overshadowed by the hefty malt, as the taste continued with sweetness, some port/vinous nature, warming alcohol, and soft carbonation, all in a medium+ body. A worthy, winter defroster!
skinnycheeks (30) - - JAN 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 caramel, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, soft carbonation, medium body, bitter, a little bitter for my liking but not bad for the style!
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like dark, dank cherry juice. Beautiful color. Caramel, deep stone fruit, a nice balance of hops that go well with the not over the top maltiness. Some nice alcohol but could use just a little extra punch at the end, just ended slightly one note for me. I must say though, Iím not a super huge fan of fresh american style barley wine, so for that style it is more to my liking.
furthur (274) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Decent dark cream head over beer the color of dark rum. Aroma apple and lychee, caramel, plum, spruce. Flavor plum, cola, spice, spruce, booze, cherries, apple, bruleed grapefruit. A bit sweet, but big flavors here and decent alcohol kick. Higher than average carbonation, decent viscosity. Finish is bitter sweet.
PS; I had to re-rate. This is sweet, but really very good. One of my favorites.
UDBeernut (1894) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fresh 2013 bottle. pours redish amber, khaki head. nose has hop resin, caramel. taste is more malt centric, biscuits, toffee, caramel. mild bitterness on the finish. solid full body.
brewballs (210) - USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing beer! I was both shocked and pleasantly surprised by this one. And I donít care for Alaskan beers. Dim, mossy hue. Soft and pillowy head. I can automatically detect the hops and barley. You can detect the booze but vey faintly.The interplay with the hops and alcohol works and serves to balance each other out. The washdown is smooth and not as bitter as I thought it would be. A warm beer to enjoy during the winter. Share this with your brew bro. A beer definitely meant to be savored.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok, hereís the situation. Too much barley can make things unpredictable. This anise colored beer gives up its anise aroma to the weak off-white film on top. With so much anise its getting a good wrap. Ok. Though the aroma is cool, the mouthfeel is heavier and, oh, the alcohol... what alcohol? p.s. The lacing looks better than Jenna Jameson.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a finger of latte foam which falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Spotty lace. This beer smells chewy, like toffee and bubble gum and sweet caramel. They talk about the hops being added for balance, malarky - this malty with english influence. It smells beautiful for a fresh barley wine IMO.
Malt, cola, hints of burnt sugar and stone fruits. This beer has me at first taste. I have had this a few times, almost always with a year or three on it. This beer leaves the shelves in this area, and now I realize why, itís great fresh! Malty and sweet with a slight bitter/dry tone, it hides the alcohol like an opaque condom as it slides down my throat. Off-full bodied with moderate carb, the finish is semi dry and inviting.
Really a nice beer. I have a hard time telling folks about this beer, as itís a nice hidden PNW secret.
Serving type: bottle
Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of citrus (grapefruit), caramel and notes of alcohol. Pours a dark brown with a rapidly dissipating off-white head and marginal lacing. The taste follows the nose. Caramel, citrus, pine, and alcohol, with hints of tropical fruit. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a nice balance between malts and hops - not too sweet a dc not too bitter, but very sippable.