Huhzubendah (1979) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer appears sunburst orange, perhaps a touch of ruby, with very little head. The aroma offers booze, malt, oak, tannic citrus. The flavor is definitely smoother than the fresh bottle I had a few years ago. Lots of oak, very sweet. Fine for sipping, but an ounce or two is plenty. Eh...
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Fielding (54) - - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is pleasant though it does not adequately hint at the glory to come. Appears perfectly barleywine. Taste! Reminds me of the chocolate covered raisins. And oak. A bit syrupy but wonderful. Mmmmmm
S_Side_Smitty (204) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a cloudy orange-brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is beautiful peppered oak and caramel. As it warms, the alcohol fragrance comes through. Taste is maple syrup, rum, and spicy oak with a thick mouthfeel. Definitely an ale to be savored. This is what beer should be and it is one of the best Iíve had - no doubt. If you can find it, get it.
JStax (1665) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. 2012 release. Pours a lighter copper color with some fizzy white foam that fizzles away in seconds. Lots of sediment floating around in this beer despite best efforts. The aroma is very woody, vanilla-y, butterscotchy, and leathery. Taste is more of the same, with the butterscotch really coming through as the predominant flavor. For itís alcohol content, it is very well covered. Not a whole lot in the way of burn.
BMMillsy (677) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ugh. This was hard to finish. Heavy warming alcohol with extreme oak flavor. Roadted grain and maybe some rancid raisin flavor. I appreciate what was going on here, but unable to finish a 12-ouncer myself.
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fsquirrel29 (71) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Definitely not my kind of beer. Too fruity. I would take it over a Bud Light, but at $8 a 12 oz bottle, Iím not buying this one again.
Errl (563) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle..Pour is amber with flakes and a thin white head..Nose is heat,alcohol,oak,fruit,caramel,butterscotch..Taste is sweet, hot,oak,sweet caramel and butterscotch,toffee.l,alcohol..Palate is hot,heavy and sweet..
TreborWhip (355) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours amber with nice tan head. Aroma of candied fruit. Flavors of candied fruit, caramel, and wood. A very unique ale with a high ABV that melds well.
ontbeermaker (1832) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from binnies in chicago, pours a nice copper, aroma is a lot of oak and some carmel like notes, the body if very heavy and the flavour is full, it has a almost chocolate like finish and a boozy feel, the flavour was good and a nice offering
Damico (1913) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber, almost candy red amber with a very small head tan head. The aroma is huge bringing big oak, alcohol, and sweet malty notes. The alcohol comes in pure but somehow the resiny sweetness is smoother than normal for an English style barleywine. The bottle is 3 years old so the flavor has settled to be quite palatable with big sweet oaky malt notes, almost bourbony but smooth on the tongue. The alcohol notes are quite smooth too and work well with the style.