djd07 (5307) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Jen. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong booze, caramel malt, burnt sugar. Medium mouth with brown sugar malt, caramel, boozey, very nice, really enjoyed this one.
48FanInCali (804) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maple brown pour with light residual off white head. Nose is pure malt bomb with caramel and light vanilla. Not getting any smoke or much maple syrup. Taste follows the nose and is pretty damn good an well balanced. Alesmith never sucks.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Theydon_Bois (12076) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, big thanks to Scopester, 27/03/15.
Hazed chestnut brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is toffee fudge, spice, wooded notes, rich caramel, subtle BA booze notes.
Taste comprises bourbon licks, toffee fudge, light chocolate, spice, caramel, wooded notes, dark fruit rinds.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close.
Solid BA barley wine, bitterness tempers the sweet levels well.
madmitch76 (17446) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
27th March 2015
Swan Song at Bruce’s. Thanks to Paul. Hazy deep amber beer, good pale tan head. Sweet malts and toffee on the nose. Dry palate, good fine carbonation. Bitterish caramel malts. Touch of wood. Spicy warming bourbon dominates. Dry finish. Bitter spicy bourbon linger. The basis of a good beer but it is a bit fierce and still needs more time.
The_Osprey (2916) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share, thanks to Bruce. Reddy brown, lightly sparkling, small ring of tan head. Aroma is vanilla, varnish, coconut, buttery. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is dry up front, sweet and boozey, twiggy, some toffee maybe. Quite different to the base beer - particularly the smell.
Leighton (13525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Bruce. Pours lightly hazy amber with a foamy tan head. The nose has some butterscotch, toasty bread, grains, brown sugar. Big sweet flavor with tasty ripe fruits, toffee, slight earthy bitterness, caramel, vanilla. Full bodied, lightly chewy with fine carbonation. Warming finish with gooey ripe fruits, more caramel, bread, fruitcake. Excellent.
Scopey (8470) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours hazy deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is sweet, juicy, big vanilla, bourbon, toffee, maple, dried fruits, candied fruits and toasty brown sugar. The taste is sweet, punchy, bittersweet, earthy, toffee, booze, wood, bourbon, leather, toasty cake and vanilla with a dry, warming finish. Full body and fine carbonation. A bit boozy on the taste. Might need a bit more time to smooth out. Still very nice.
Prufrockstar (1385) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to mcberko for sharing this. Ruby/garnet pour. No head. Aroma: huge and boozy. So so hot, but nice. Maple, bandaid, caramel, toffee, fruits (like apricot and stuff). Taste: boozy as fuck. So damned hot. Smoke comes through. Sweet and intense. The maple sweetness + bandaid smokiness doesn’t combine well for my tastes, but if it wasn’t for my personal hangups I could see how you could love this beer.
OldMrCrow (2113) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was fortunate to try this rarity at a recent Seattle tasting. Unfortunately, I’m getting less and less tolerant of big sweet boozy BA beers. This has a rich brown pour with mild head, quite attractive really. But the flavors--a mix of bourbon and sweet sugar with maple and maybe a hint of smoke. I’ll be the lowest rating by far, but it really wasn’t doing it for me and I’m going to stay true to my tasting notes.
Ernesto987 (4415) - Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
whalesmith does it again. Perfect barrel aging. Sweet and incedible complex barrel characteristics. Phenomenal stuff.