malkyore (273) - - MAR 19, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have now over the course of my ability to purchase beer had this beer 3 times I had the 2010 version when it was 2 years old, I had the 2013 version when it was completely fresh and I’ve had the 2009 version when it was 5 years old. This is one that gets better with age. The 2 year old knew blew my mind with how great it was and the 5 year did it again. This is a great beer very sweet and very roasty. In many ways the epitome of what beet flavors are. I would recommend aging this beer because it only gets better with age.
SSSteve (3919) - - JAN 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. chunky floaters with a small head and a deep red color. red fruits in aroma. flavor is slightly tart with red colored tart fruits. a bit of oxidation. any hops are now pretty much flattened out. massive strawberry. a cross between and old american barleywine and a malty english. really aged nicely IMO.
nsquishee (629) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice sipper. Smells like caramel, toffee, along with a hint of barrel and orange. Nice and smooth start on the palate- sugary with a medium viscosity. Finishes slightly tart with the strong tinge of booze. Very nice overall. The flavors of caramel, oak, lemon, and booze remind me of a barrel aged barleywine. Would love to try the bourbon barrel version.
bwa5879 (789) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark Carmel colored pour with small ring of offwhite head. Scents of soapy florals, super light. Light taste too, a little watery: floral hops dominate, Carmel too, very light for a barley wine of this ABV.
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at brewpub. Dark brown pour with a malty aroma. Taste is caramel, bready malt, toffee and raisin, seems fairly mellow compared to what I was expecting, goes down easy for 10%.
tmoreau (2846) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served with a clear, ruby highlighted, darkest brown/mahogany color, with a nice hat of silky, light tan head foam, and curtainy/sheet-like lacing. The aroma was sweet, dried fruit, caramel, and lurking alcohol. The taste was similar, with the sweetness appearing lightly syrupy, distinct booziness getting in on the action, and low bitterness with some astringency, and dryness on the finish. Quite alcoholic for 10% imo, but a decent, sip & savor barleywine.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 [Bottle / 2008 / ~5 years old] Poured into a plastic cup in the dark, so the color is hard to discern </classy>. Looks like a nice, creamy, beige head formed on top, though. Dense looking body, probably somewhere around amber or copper. Aroma is comprised of plums, grapes, brown sugar, sticky caramel, & an underlayer of booziness. No appreciable hops, possibly due to the age. Caramel & brown sugar flavors come through strong. Molasses, grapes, & plums soaked in booze. Nice toffee & light vanilla finish. Pretty robust, yet nice & smooth for the style. Not the most complex, but quite tasty nonetheless.
Brentv (468) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle a murky brown with slight golden head. Strong malty barley aroma with caramel and dark fruits. Taste is very sweet with only a slight hoppiness. Medium carbonation. Smooth and wonderful.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 rendition. Murky particulate laden cherry wood with a thin brown layer of pond scum on top. Aroma is grainy with alcohol, caramel, oak, cherry and light fruit. Taste is boozy with toffee, mild sugar, cherry, light brown sugar and very faint citrusy hops. Sweet with a prickly hot finish. Never quite gets there. Speaking of getting there… after almost one month, I’ve finally caught up on a 7-8 month backlog. Here’s to celebrating with a few beers I’ve had before and then starting the process of falling behind again.
chucklemation (701) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown color. Has a nice barley malt taste with some bitter hops thrown in the finish. Goes down smooth. Delicious.