574deadzone (1192) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at Central City. Listed as 16.9% ABV. Pours a deep, clear amber with a thick, tight khaki head that leaves a dripping wall of lace. Nose involves an initial blast of mint, with robust malt, candied orange, light chocolate, earth, cinnamon, toasted malt, and alcohol vapors. Really sweet, kind of bitter but not nearly in balance. Full bodied, thick, quite oily, soft carb, warming on the way down, with a long herbal, minty toward mouthwash finish. A really intense brew with lots of layers, many of which Iím sure I missed. Awesome to try.
Dodgrblu (674) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Sacramento, aroma is oak and caramel, intensely sweet. Reminiscent of a port.
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fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very red amber, lots of head but settled rather quickly. Aroma is big and noticeable immediately upon cracking - oak, caramel and booze. Taste is sweet caramel and vanilla, oak and fig with boozy heat but dangerously drinkable. Very good.
tderoeck (6158) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
9/VIII/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from Charles Street Liquor (Boston, US) @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: IV/2009, batch 5 (2014-901) Thanks to Annelies and Thomas for the bottle!
Little hazy red brown to brownish purple beer, small aery off-white head, unstable, dissipates immediately. Aroma: lots of chocolate, malty, honey, chocolate bread, bit yeasty, cocoa powder, sweet. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sweet, caramel, sugary, lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some banana, sweet malts. Aftertaste: sugary, sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, more vanilla, more chocolate, raisins, some alcohol. Man, this is good stuff!!!
chinchill (2903) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2014 12 oz 2009 bottle.
First time trying this beer so I donít know if it is past itís peak but it is certainly a great beer.
Slightly sweet, slightly oaky, and fabulously rich, this brew has an excellent balance of flavors. High 16.4% ABV is nicely hidden -- drinks like a ~9% ale.
ACHops (946) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Uber. Barleywines are not my thing, but had to try this one... listed here as 15.5%. Pours dark caramel with medium creamy off-white head. Aroma is boozy roasty caramel malt, with strong notes of rye and bourbon. Taste is super sweet thick caramel malt, lots of vanilla and oak, lingers syrupy sweet on the finish. Rich toffee and dark caramel mid-palate. Opens up a bit as it warms. Huge beer, the booze and sweetness permeates. I donít think Iíve ever said this (and maybe itís the Samaelís talking...), but it seems like the sugar and abv could be reeled back a bit and this would still have the same great flavor profile. I dunno. Iíd have another.
JHeath99 (1412) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours transparent brown with a thin ring of beige head. Aroma of oak and caramel with some vanilla. Taste starts off sweet, almost too sweet, with caramel and dark fruits.
Danyel (1335) - Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours brown with lots of red hues and off-white head. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, brown sugar. Taste is very sweet, hot, medium bodied.....okay.
Westmeister (2061) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep mostly clear amber with some floaties and minimal head. Smell is deep caramel richness, candi sugar, some dark fruits, vanilla, oak. Taste is whoa - tons of vanilla, oak, booze, layer upon layer of sweet caramel. Thick sweet palate. Better than expected and I am an Avery lover.
77ships (5248) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
355 ml. bottle split by 3 @ ďMemorabel TastingkjeĒ. Thanks to tderoeck! 2009 Vintage. 16.45 % ABV. Basically no head, lightly cloudy dark red, brownish amber. This beer showcases exactly how oxidation should taste like in the most optimal of situations. Very thick pear syrup, sweet sherry, oak, molasses, insane amounts of sugar, nuts, toffee, sweet spices, cookies, very thick & sweet malts, wood, dark fruits, incredibly thick & sweet sugar sherry oxidation, apple & pear syrup, prune, vanilla, thick syrup, warming but not a booze bomb as it could have been, the booze & sugar really held it up. Soft carbonation, thick sugar, easy to drink. Amazing stuff. Damn fine stuff.