monkeychugg55 (1024) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper-brown with a lot of floaties. The aroma is sticky caramelized sugar, boozy alcohol, toast, vanilla, and rum-raisin. The initial taste is very sweet, almost honey like, with the texture of thin syrup. As the sweetness settles down, strong vanilla and toffee flavors build. Finishes less boozy than expected, but very sweet all the way through.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at GGW 2015. Copper with minimal head. Dark fruit and molasses. Wood, caramel, and burnt sugar.
Nisse666 (6165) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Whole Foods... NY cons 2015-05-27 Duved
Labeled 14,2% ABC - assuming 2014 vintage
AR: loaded with caramel, figs, rasins, and dough
AP: amber/rubt, thick stouty steady cream caramel colored lid
F: heavy warming feeling, sugar on my teeth, figs rasins pruns and swedish sugar cake, bourbon vanilla, white oak, old butter, full body very long and lingering flavours, great brew! Extra bonus for the nice label ;)
bytemesis (6614) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours clear burnt umber, medium beige head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is vanilla, dark sugars, oak. Flavor is sweet and fully bitter, oak, vanilla, apples(?), pine. Medium body. Quite a harsh bitterness coupled with a weird apple thing means that this one just isnt doing it for me.
bergstaden (2334) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a white head - Sweet malt, dark fruits and wood - Sweet malt body with more sweetness from wood and vanilla, and alcohol - sweet finish with vanilla and alcohol - This was nice, but to hot from alcohol
andrewje41 (2791) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1000th Rating! Wanted to do something at least a little bit cool for this one time event, so I decided to grab a beer that I have tasted, and enjoyed the hell out of, and do a little compare and contrast. Visiting the brewery a few years ago, I give this brewery/beer a lot of the credit for getting me towards my love for craft beer. 2007 and 2014 bottles enjoyed side by side. The difference in color between the two years was quite surprising. 2014 edition: lighter amber color with short foam head. Brown sugar and graham cracker, sweet malt aroma. Flavor is much more of the same. Finishes on a boozy note with a ton of sweet caramel and brown sugar. 2007 edition: Much smoother. Vanilla. Brown sugar flavor and aroma. Not nearly the amount of booziness here. Nice, oaky cinnamon finish. Fun beer. Awesome barleywine. Hope these guys keep doing what they do.
tcon25 (599) - Duvall, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a special beer here for me, had it for the first time at the original Avery brewery. Tried this as a comparison, a 2007 vs a 2014.
2014- dark amber pour, thin head. nice spice hope aroma, very deep aroma. I love the taste, kindof sweet, plum,raisin bitter. Yet smooth. Love it.
2007- very dark amber, no head, you can definitely tell the difference between the two, this one is much smoother, all the same flavors a little more developed, the ageing does this beer well.
umich03jm (3466) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
March 2014 bottle. Murky copper pour with very little head. Aroma is so much burnt caramel but also lots of cardboard oxidation. Tastes so oxidized. Very hard to drink. Extremely sweet and sugary. This is just terrible. Drain pour.
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle vintage 2014. Apperance is light brown with with a solid finger of white head. Aroma is corn syrup, ginger bread, biscuits, ripe fruit, and booze. Taste is light sweetnees, followed by caramel, brown sugar, and some bitter pine. Finshes sweet, with a hint of booze and some light ginger spice, medium bodied, lots of carbonation. As others have noted this is very sweet but it does hide the booze quite well and works well as a slow sipper, I enjoyed this but can see the sweetness being too much for some.
BlindGuardianco (77) - - FEB 15, 2015
2.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
This was very interesting but way too sweet, I was not able to finish despite trying, nice head and color but oh my, probably the sweetest beer I have ever had