EtTuCthulhu (859) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 version on tap at 16.9%
The beer is a beautiful clear orangeish red color with a medium white head that fades rapidly at first yet it makes more as it sits in the glass. The aroma blends the scents of caramel malts, roasted malts, and only a slight hint of booze, and the taste is a velvety blend of mild sweetness, slight bitterness, slightly umami, and a slight sourness. The palate is surprising because this beer doesnít taste like 17% because of the only slightly boozy finish despite the warming character of it, and this is combined with a full body, average carbonation, and a slick texture.
PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber, light tan head. Brilliant, clear, uniform. Aroma is vanilla and cherry syrup. Simple and big. Strong booze. Body is syrupy and heavy, moderate carbonation. big sherry, huge vanilla and almost astringent American oak, too much oak... A big sipper. Need more beer flavor and less oak. Hot and boozy.
mike5326 (623) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a chilled bottle. Reddish brown color, mold head, almost no lacing. Sweet and sour smell. Almost a candy alcohol flavor.
kayres (366) - , Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange with no head. Huge sweet vanilla oak aroma. Smooth and sweet very full bodied. Winey sherry aftertaste. Hints of plum vanilla and cinnamon
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured in a snifter at 56 degrees
2011 vintage (Batch 7)
A - Dark amber/brown body with a small wispy off-white head that forms a solid collar.
S - Sugary oak wood, vanilla, big woody caramel, cherries, caramelized walnuts, toffee, molasses. Sublime aroma.
T - Extremely sweet caramel malts, vanilla cotton candy, scorched cherries, walnuts, the oak helps a little to round off the intense sweetness. Finishes with a slightly bitter alcohol heat, but in a good way.
M - Low carbonation, warming, thin at first but thickens up as it sets, sweet woody aftertaste.
Very little alcohol heat for such a high abv brew. Amazing aroma but the flavor was super sweet, almost to the point of cloying. The wood was bold and mellow at the same time and gave a very nice aftertaste.
Serving type: bottle
tozac (19) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Little head, terrible aroma, visible chunks in the beer. Tasted extremely sweet, like syrup, could taste the alcohol. Not good. Possibly because it was so fresh, will buy another for aging
Ktwse (1400) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep hazy reddish amber with low off-white head. Aroma of sweet dried fruit, dates and figs, corinthians, butterscotch, light oak barrel. Taste is very sweet and butterscotchy, the ABV is well controlled although you can certainly feel the alcohol. Incredibly warming. Body is full and creamy to oily with pretty much flat carbonation. Ultimately just a tad too boozy compared to favorites such as e.g. Double DBA, but still a brilliant beer!
Squizzle (130) - Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2013
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 I donít know about barley wine but this ale is just OK. Kinds funky really but I played ten dollars for it in a bottle shop so I?m gonna finish it.
allfreej (549) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky brown pour with a thin, tan head. Not much lace on the glass.
Medium-thin mouthfeel. Slightly astringent finish. Lots of alcohol heat.
Malty, brown bread nose. Little to no hops. Raisins.
Brown bread. Alcohol. Slight hint of wood in the finish. A little hot. Very sweet with a slightly astringent aftertaste.
Needs some aging to take some of the heat off. Very flavorful. This one would definitely be one to leave alone in the cellar for a couple of years.
---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.
hackobock (853) - SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub on 090613. AMber with a white head. Aroma has canned peach syrup, caramel, oak, burnt sugar and light alcohol. Taste is sweet peaches and caramel, some alcohol warmth in the end. Body is full and very smooth with a bit sticky texture. (#400)