ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a bottle of this back in early 2008 and recently retried it again on draught (at Sunset Grill) January 2009. The bottle I remember being punishingly caramelly-sweet with the typical fruitiness, bordering on tartness at points, of the house character imparted by the breweries yeast and/or bottling line? Anyways, it was strong, alcoholic and sweet, nearly cloying, with all of the bad traits of crystal and munich malt (meatiness, iced tea-like flavors, sharp, punchy cereal-like qualities and a strong overdrying on the finish). The hops were toned down and this wasnít a mess of alpha acids, at least. Recently on draught, I found the beer a little more balanced, with a decidedly strong chocolate and pale and or pils malt combination to produce a chocolate caramel sweetness with a soft, inviting mouthfeel. Seems like the malt bill has been changed somewhat? Not much complexity and still a touch too much alcohol, but the same discretion with the hops at least. Some light plum-cherry fruitiness and bits of toffee-caramel on the finish.
Ed5388 (3205) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle thatís been rotting in my fridge for a few years! Bottled on date is 12/06/??. Of course the year is smudged! Pours a clear caramel Amber brown color with a super small beige head of foam. Aroma of mainly booze, sweet caramel, and toffee. Taste is much the same. Boozy, sweet caramel, grassy bitterness, metal, toffee, and sweet fruit.
Mr_Pink_152 (3721) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hopology, Nottingham. Rhayader ruby red colour. No head. Aroma berry fruit, spicy dark stewed fruit and vanilla. Taste is fruity sweet, and a touch of alcohol. Medium body.
Christpuncher (2792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
very good as barlwywines go. aroma of grapes and fruit. flavor is sweet, fruity and nicely balanced. had on draft. decent barleywine.
weihenweizen (3130) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle, 2013, poured into a snifter. Clear dark Amber with no head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt and some alcohol.
Headbanger (3847) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample 7/19/14 (Naperville Ale Fest)-Pours a darker brown with almost no head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and roasted malt. Taste of the same with a bit of vanilla coming in. This medium bodied brew was not bad maybe a bit thin but still somewhat tasty.
Thechasm442 (774) - Chicago heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle served in a tulip. Appearance is a murky brown with a little beige head with decent lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, spices, and stone fruits. Kind of like the way a fresh holiday cake smells around Xmas time. Thereís also a sweet, slightly citric smell as well. Taste is plum, date, molasses, toffee, sweet holiday spice, and hints of dry citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and finishes slightly dry with alcohol well hidden. Nice beer.
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle from a trade I guess. Pours a deep, thick brown with a smaller head. No lacing. The aroma is big caramel, toffee, sweet roll, and brown sugar. The taste is toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, sweet rolls, and a slight bitter finish. Big body, thick and chewy. Oily finish. Big flavors, aged well. Some carb left and no oxidation noticed. Very well done.
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Laundry. Pours Dark brown with a tiny beige head and a baked bread aroma. There is a dry slightly sour dark malt flavor with a bitter finish that sticks to the palate.
RobertDale (5431) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Hopfest 2015. Comes a cloudy reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is malt, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and some barrel. Pretty good.
EithCubes (5615) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Inky, lightly soy nose with hoochy booze, deep chocolate and coffee, appreciable hop character at this point, and molasses and toffee notes over faint fruit. Sugary and crystalline, but airy. Pours tawny-ruby with a fizzy tan head. Soft medium body, lightly buttery with lots of elegant alcohol, strong warmth from the throat down into the pit of the chest, smooth blackstrap and tar under surprisingly developed maltiness, very light tongue numbing on the sides. Lightly citric hops but after a while they seem earthier, and thereís some mildly jammy red berry and cherry behind the toffee. Bitterness is only mild and the sweetness ends up accumulating pretty quickly, to the point one might consider this a targeted blend of alcohol and fruit rather than malt and hops. Bold enough to stand up to this Maytag and better than a lot of liqueurs - even has some faint plum and sherry seeping in by the end, and thereís a high general level of complexity. Yes, itís a little too brash and obvious, but Iíd love to have another.