talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2010 Pours a clear, amber/copper color with some carbonation and a small, diminishing off-white, frothy head. Nose is carmelly sweet with lots of alcohol, lots of vanilla, with apple and plum. Intense carmelly sweetness really dominates the flavor with the oak coming into play giving an almost JD whiskey flavor. Vanilla and raisin faintly find their way in along with a small amount of hop bitterness. The full bodied, slightly chewy, oily, syrupy, lively palate finishes long and sweet with vanilla and a little like fingernail polish (and not in a good way). Alcohol is hidden in the flavor very well by the over-the-top sweetness. Not being a huge hophead and a fan of the whiskey undertones, the beer sounds like a great idea; but I was disappointed with the lack of intriguing complexities and the entirely way too rich sweetness. I was disappointed with this one but still a very innovative try from a great brewery. I tried a later batch, batch 6, bottled March 10, 15.82% ABV and liked it a bit better. The appearance was lacking but the nose was a bit more balanced and the flavor carried more hop bitterness to almost balance the intense sweetness and less nail polish notes which was nice. Still not one of my favorite BWís or favorite from the brewery but better than my last tasting.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2006
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours copper, no head at all. I have to say this was a gagger and I sipped it slow the whole time. The alcohol just overides this so much, and I didnít know at the time but kept saying it tasted like an extremely strong barley wine, and I donít really like that style. Didnít really pick up any oak flavors, just the usually barley wine fruitness with an alcohol kick. I fell asleep with about a 1/4 of it left and didnít even care, I did not like this at all.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, thanks to Slob for this specialty ale! Pours clear reddish copper with vitually no head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with citrus, cherries, a significant alcohol presence and a bit of grass. Flavor is very sweet and full, almost cloying, again cherries, apple, orange liquer, Beerenauslese wine, oak, as well as cough syrup notes. Full body, gentle and creamy carbonation. Definitely a well crafted brew, but a bit over the top for my simpler tastes.
jrob21 (3163) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber color. Slight head that goes away quickly. Smells of plum and cherry. Wow I didnít expect so much power from this one. Full malty and sweet. Reminds me of a fruity desert. Hints of bubblegum? at the finish. Not bubblegum....vanilla.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
) This beer offers an aroma marked with the fragrances of sour mash, dates, caramel, and oak. It is a cloudy colored solution that resides somewhere between pumpkin and brown sugar on the color chart. There is only a glaze of a head produced, but there is good lacing left on the side of the glass. This thick beer has a heavy richness but it still is able to smoothly flow through the mouth. The flavor is a blend of oak, vanilla, apricot, sour mash, and nuts. The after taste is a sweet buttery nut taste.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Amber color, thin head. You can smell this guy from across the room. Lots of vanilla and oak. Sweet and carmelly flavor with a really nice complex oaky finish. This one definitely warms on itís way down.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 Pours clear brown with a sweet malt nose. Full nectar. Sweet as hell up front. You really gotta want this one. Heres how to drink it. After you get through the sweet factor, concentrate on the finish. Everything is right there. The sweetness cloaks the complexities until the finish. Here you will find flavors of cherry, vanilla, butterscotch, clove, gala apple, and other tropical flavors. A nice oakiness adds to the complexities. Not balanced at all but the alcohol is well hidden. I suggest this one after dinner for sure.
Lowe1983 (1415) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light amber color with thin off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts with hin\ts of oak and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and malty with a slightly bitter finish and alcohol warming. A decent barley wine but not my favorite.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle: Pours a copper amber color with a light brown fizzy head that disappears fast and leaves no lacing in my Snifter. I find hints of caramel in the malty aroma and also some vanilla. Initial flavor is a sweety creamy vanilla and the alcohol kicks you in the finish. Definitely a sipping beer!
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
MMM MMM Good. Nice amber/brown color. Good caramel malt aroma, sweet. It tastes creamy, creme brulee, caramel, malty and smooth oak. So smooth I had no idea how much alcohol was in it untill just now.