Sdaniel90 (894) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUN 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 65cl. Deep reddish with a creamy tan head with nice lacing. Hoppy barleywine aromas: floral hops, dried fruits, roasted caramel, alcohol. Medium to robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Medium sweet, heavy bitter. Fiery roasted and hoppy character into a stinging bitter and alcohol finish. Complex and delicious.
tsd08460 (774) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Total Wine Gainesville
Aroma: caramel, pine, citrus
Appearance: clear amber with a white head
Taste: heavy sweetness, very bitter,
Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter finish
puboflyons (3052) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. The color of the pour is a lovely looking reddish-amber with a long lasting white head. It never really fades. The aroma is barley grain, sweet malts, tobacco, earth, and a fairly low booze profile. The body is full. The taste brings out those same sweet caramel malt and barley grain characters with a moderate dry finish. This one would be just as good a year or two from now.
wlajwl (5669) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma and flavor is malts, hops, fruit/citrus, slight earthy funk and a sour/tart/warming alcoholic finish.
AndySnow (6591) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, hops, alcohol, citrus, dried fruit.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, dried fruit, hops, malt, raisin, alcohol.
staticGen (5) - - APR 15, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into large snifter. Nice medium head with light with caramel tones. Light hazy appearance. Color is a reddish golden with a hue of apricot jam in the refracted light.
Now for the aroma. Initial fruity sweet notes of tropical pineapple and guava, but strong grapefruit and resinous scents of cedar in this beer. Hints of pepper, eucalyptus or mint in there and some bread and yeast.
This beer is full bodied and has significant mouth-feel with each sip. It’s plenty bitter, but is offset with with enough sweetness and a twinge of tart. It ends on a bitter note, having a long finish with lingering flavors of maltiness.
Unlike the last beer that I reviewed, this beer is an amazing balance of aromas, flavors and taste that make every sip an experience. Bitter plus sweet. Hoppiness plus maltiness. It’s a symphony where every instrument is in tune. The dry hopping and aroma of this beer is the most exceptional that I have experienced in a bottled beer - bar-none.
There is nothing unpleasant about this beer. I paid 7.50 for a 22 ounce bottle at 9.2% abv. You can’t buy a better beer at that price.
rondphoto (3962) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Aroma of malt and burlap (in the best way). Clear dark brown, tan head, waves of lace. Taste is malt that adds medium carbonation on the swallow, then a slap of hops. The hop "sting" slowly drops, exposing more malt. Big and bold, but not heavy. Solid.
Xevious (78) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a mahogany color with a tan head that vanishes quickly.
Smells, rather up front, of a complex mixture of hops and floral.
Taste, overwhelming bitter hops, some spice a dash of malt , well hidden alcohol with a very hard to find candy finish.
Overall? The only major setback is the price, 12$ for a single bottle. But if you’ve got the bonepower, get it!
jjgmd (1979) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
With Z , pours a mahogany brown maple color with no head . Nose is sweet caramel, malt and toffee. Taste is very bitterly sweet with strong alcohol . Finishes on the same hoppy bitter heavy malty , and caramel notes. This one packs a punch . Quaff Score 6 / 10
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a copper brown with an off white head and aroma of fruits and hops. Taste is bitter, with fruit, alcohol, grapefruit and hops along with caramel and malt into the bitter finish.