Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The nose and flavor are full of a rich maltiness with notes of toffee, caramel and a nice but not overwhelming hoppiness.
dalekliz (888) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that it seems like it’s probably time to drink. Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a tan head that fades. Rich aroma, booze, dark fruits, wood, grass, maybe a hint of spices. Taste is sharp and boozy, of dark fruits, yeast, wood, then picks up smoother roasted malt, caramel, and bitter coffee notes, with just a hint of faded hops. Lingering sharpness. Maybe a bit old but still tasty.
tectactoe (2873) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 Bottle: Deep, murky brown & copper color with a fading khaki collar. Aroma of sticky caramel, toffee, plum, apple, faint red grape, a slight touch of papery oxidation, & moderate butterscotch. Mildly earthy. Flavor is lightly oxidized with notes of stale caramel, toffee, earth, toast, mild molasses, plum, hints of anise, & a light sprinkle of cocoa dust. Perhaps a little past its prime but still OK.
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated in 2014, so aged 6 years. Looks reddish brown, with a ring of foam. Smells winey, with hints of cherry. Pleasantly tart. I’m not sure if this is infected or what, but it is lightly sour and a bit winey, in a very appealing way. Very enjoyable.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"bigger maltiness in this brew, in the nose and flavor. holy cow. i wonder if it was always this ridiculously malt driven or if the hops faded after 2+ years in the bottle. lots of toffee & dark fruit sweetness. booziness in the aroma but not the taste. overall, a nice beer, but average for Alesmith, and not wuite as good as their "regular" barleywine. you’d expect an anniversary ale to be a step up..."
MadIndian (2512) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade. Nice notes of Dark Fruit, vino, caramel and bread.
Very smooth for 11% and everything I expected from a great brewery like Alesmith.
orangesol (941) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
*Moving old ratings over here*
Big thanks to Deuane for busting this one out after our MD/DE trip.
A - Pours ruby tinged brown with a small one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, candied sugar, faint hop bitterness, and some light tartness. Not too bad but I have had better.
T - Starts off with lots of caramel sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of toffee, candied sugar, dulled hop bitterness, and the light funk from the nose. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light booze heat, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet feel with only a tiny bit of booze creeping in toward the end of the glass.
O - This one was OK. The flavors were all there but it was a little muddled. I wouldn’t mind trying the BA version in the future but I wont be actively seeking it out.
BelgianBeerGal (3289) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Brown and bronze color with a cola-like head. Sweet aroma of caramel, cherries and a hint of coffee and cinnamon. Big flavor with some tartness at first but then settles into some warming, boozy sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Fine.
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, JoeMcPhee, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a murky reddish brown with a spare semi-lasting bubbly white head. Aroma of dark fruit, light hops, caramel malt, some wood and some alcohol. Flavour of dark fruit, raisins, hops, wood and a long bitter finish. Really good stuff, it held up well.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared by blankboy with me, gregclow, jercraigs, mabel and joemcphee. Thick-looking brick red slightly muddy pour, smallish off-white bubbly head. Aroma - alcohol, tart fruit, floral goodness. Taste - thinned out some (aged? oxidized) - still a good BW ... tart though. Thick, acidic, mildly carbonated, a little sour - very good still
olr1984 (1206) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Dr. Bills tasting at falling rock 750ml bottle pours a murky orange with big vanilla and malt aroma. Sweet caramel and oak taste.