JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Alesmith. Pours dark caramel brown with a thin mocha head. Aroma is bold caramel, maple syrup, faint smoke, oak and vanilla. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, booze and light smoke in the finish. BIg full bodied balanced beer. Great Barley Wine!
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Caramel, molasses, chocolate, sweet grain, bourbon, oak, and light smoke aroma and taste. Thick sticky full bodied palate.
SudsMcDuff (6327) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Jen for bringing this out .. . Pours a fathomed plum .. Strong foam .. . Mild smoke, lots of maple .. . Everything about this beer is awesome .. . . Who opens a bottle of beer while stretching their arms straight out 2 feet?
poisoneddwarf (1823) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #1400. 750 ml foil-capped bottle, thanks to a trade with Alen. Barrel aged aromas hit me from two feet away after I pry off the cap--toasted coconut, vanilla, bourbon; also raisins, molasses. Maple comes out strong after it warms. Pours murky brown with a medium beige head that falls into a collar after a minute or two. Taste is sweet and oaky before becoming savory and boozy. The booze, although strong, is welcome here and not overbearing. Finishes with a licorice flavor. Body is thick and chewy, texture syrupy. I don’t get any smoke at all here, which I was really looking forward to, but this is still pretty freaking awesome.
brenn79 (1627) - Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. bottle, shared with Poisoneddwarf- Pours muddy brown with an off white head that reduce to a collar almost immediately. Aroma is strong oak and bourbon, vanilla and cherries, maple opens up as it warms. The taste is so smooth, velvety vanilla, maple, oak, bourbon. Body is surprisingly light for the style, which is medium, carbonation is soft. Very good beer, if not excellent, this is the type of barleywine that I love.
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is flatter than I imagined. Pours a typical brown hue for a barley wine. Pretty distinct and unique taste and palate for a barley wine. Very evenly balanced notes of bourbon.
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured deep, dense, brownish-dark orange with a moderate head. This was great! Nice barrel notes with oak and whiskey that worked extremely well with smoked undertones and maple sweetness. Hints of vanilla sweetness and dark fruits made this seem like the perfect after dinner beverage.
DrSilverworm (7688) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster from a bottle shared at Natifest 2013. Hazy orange amber color. Chunks of sediment visible in the body (mine was the last pour from the bottle). Minimal khaki head, some bits of lace. Awesome big bourbon vanilla flavor, moderate sweet taste. Light bit of alcohol warmth. Bigger body. Smooth, creamy light carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Awesome stuff.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Thanks to Tom most definitely... Pours a medium two shades paler than cola with lesser intense edges while topped with a wispy shy of beige head... Aroma of oak and deeper caramel and toffee. Smooth vanilla and barrel throughout. A touch boozy with a light smoke aspect... Flavors are more caramel and barrel and toffee throughout. Smooth with a touch of bitter astringency. Syrup maple finish which transcends it for me being a maple fan. Bigger than medium bodied with a lighter level of carbonation.
phaleslu (7041) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by Steve at Natifest- thanks again! Pours a cloudy amber with a small off-white head. The aroma has smooth bourbon throughout, with notes of caramel, toffee, oak, dates and other dark and dried fruits. Flavor has the same, with a deeper oaky, peaty, earthy character to it. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, warming mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. I wish I had the 2011 Decadence so I knew the base beer better. This is excellent.