mcberko (5358) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, pours an opaque, murky dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out light notes of smoke, medium maple, some caramel and dark fruits. Flavour brings out low-to-medium notes of smoke, moderate maple, lots of caramel and dark fruits. The smoke and maple, which initially set off alarm bells for me, are not too overbearing - they are well-situated. Dry smoky palate with a perfect amount of sweetness. Iím glad I waited more than a year to open this, as Iím sure the maple and smoke is better integrated than at bottling. Still, not my favourite flavours, but or what it is, itís great.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, honey, light gingerbread, pine, dark fruit, and toffee. Flavor of caramel, toffee, honey, oak, maple, and brown sugar.
madmitch76 (13348) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th September 2012
Cloudy red - brown beer, big pale cream coloured head. Smooth palate, almost silky. Semi dry. Creamy malt, a little toffee. Smooth aniseed alcohol, no heat. Subtle sweetness. Very subtle smoke. Whisper of spicy bubblegum ester. Semi dry finish. Pretty drinkable.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Cloudy brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, maple, oak, smoke, vanilla, caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus hops, some booze.
T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, maple, oak, smoke, vanilla, dark fruit, caramelized malts, brown sugar, citrus hops, touch of hop bitterness, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a smokey, sweet, and warming finish.
D - Great barleywine. The maple and smoke are at just the right level.
SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i have enjoyed the decadenceís before, but maple and smoked? iím in .. . light bacon, syrup, maple, and boozy pancake syrup .. . tan gold on pour .. mild foam .. . an easy one to just sit and get lost in .. . . hey, that kangaroo stole my ball!
budznsudz (461) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany pour, thick yellowish white head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, vanilla extract, and fussil alcohol. Taste is rich smokey malt, candied pecans, syrup, and mild hops. Nice combination of hops and smoke with an earthy presence in the background.
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Murky caramel-brown with good, creamy, tan head (barrel-aged?) / Rich, lightly hot nose of smoke, caramel, / Just shy of full body, sweet and chewy, smooth, with excellent balance and bitter finish lurking under the big body, and alcohol well masked / Flavors of fresh caramel, maple, just the right amount of smoke, orange, date, licorice, and oak? / One of the best barleywines Iíve ever had.
crossovert (6343) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jsut a huge one right here. Big, robust, nice smoke, sweet caramel, big mouthfeel.
arkurzynski (1394) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample shared at Central Waters anniversary party. Hazy red-brown pour. Loved the nose on this one - faded dank hops, dark fruit, caramel, salty bacon covered with sticky maple syrup. Flavor is dark fruit and caramel with maple sweetness and a medium salty smoke in the background. Some citrus hop bitterness to balance. Definitely not cloying with all flavors well-balanced and showcased. Alcohol nowhere to be found and palate was actually thinner than expected making this crazy easy to drink.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really an incredibly well balanced barleywine, begins with a really nice malt backbone with a solid woody note and a sweetness which sneaks in through the finish and lingers beautifully on the palate afterwards as it becomes deeper. This was a really incredible barleywine, really phenomenally well balanced and delicious, really wish i had some more to tuck away although it is pretty much perfect now