beerstar (19) - Reston, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, what to say? Maybe quaffed improperly, this is no beer. I wish for dessert. Some deep chocolate to hold off the intense flavors of this complex brew. Oak chips indeed and alcohol in surplus. One to be savored I can tell. I’ll put 6 bottles in the cellar and see what happens.
badgerben (4822) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 MN Winter Get Together, 2/4/2006: Dark copper color with no head. The aroma has a good separation of elements, with bready malts and a slightly sour yeast showing off the beer and some stronger whisps of oak from the barrel. Big malt and syrup flavors in the taste with more wood and vanila to finish it. The wood does carry with some whiskey overtones, even though it doesn’t suggest it was whiskey-barrel aged. Damn tasty and ridiculously drinkable for 14.5%. 8/4/8/5/18 Re-Rate, Batch 3 (Bottled Apr 2007), 2/29/2008: Finally decided to add a new note to my rate. Murky copper color with a medium head. Strong aroma of sugar, brown sugar and molasses. The taste is immediately of prunes. Fairly strong earthy/English hop bitterness. Lots of oak and vanilla. Powerfully strong, sweet malt. Sugary. Still delicious!
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was the last beer I had at the 2005 winter RB get-together. This was also probably the highlight of the day. We popped this bottle and were simply blown away by the intense flavours, the nearly perfect body...it was just great! Thick and coating, with a dark body and beautiful but small head. Rich sweet aroma bursting with figs, hints of grape, and some cognac like woody alcohol. Rich flavour that hid it’s alcohol well, lots of oak flavours mixed in with sweet fruits. Man this was heaven!
JK (5631) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2006 A little light for a barleywine. Surprisingly malt vinegar in the aroma. Sweet flavor that includes fruit, and it hides the alcohol very well. Not what I expected but good. Very sweet and heavy; it should probably age for a few years. A little hard to drink yet.
asheft (2922) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is as thick as Heinz ketchup. I had to hold the bottle upside down and hit it on the bottom to get this syrupy sweet drink out. When it came out, it was a reddish copper with wispy, white fine bubbles on top. Aroma of sour, winey oak with sweet sugar candy and a little cereal grain. There is also some caramel in the nose. Flavour is loaded with caramel, grain, and, most of all, American oak. Epitome of cloyingly sweet, but still a very nice flavour with not a lot of obvious alcohol for such a high percentage. There is also a perceptible amount of hops bitterness and flavour that melds into the whole syrupy thing. This is what I would imagine first runnings with bourbon added to it would taste like. Full to the extreme body, low carbonation, sticky.
Beaver (1620) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle (2005). Pours a hazy orangish reddish amber with small floaties. It has a thin off-white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is sharp alcohol (nail polish remover and fuel) and fruits (figs and pineapple) with some very sweet caramel.
The flavor is a burst of treacly candy-like sweetness. There is some fruitiness (apple, raisin and melon) and woodiness and caramel in there. There’s a little burnt bitterness at the finish. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden (I was expecting the worst after smelling it). The mouthfeel is medium bodied and oily/syrupy.
Overall, it was definitely interesting. Way overboard on the sweetness, which I normally hate but this was surprisingly not that bad. I found myself freely sipping it rather than forcing it down which I normally do with the sweet beers.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yikes! Thick, but not in the best way with a huge kick of sweet hiding the alcohol content which is kind of tastey. Clumpy mouthfeel, like the kid you knew who put way too much sugar in the kool-aid. Syrupy and very hard to drink, but was very nice to try such a bohemoth. This would make for a good night cap, even though you might have to split it between four other people.
Lubiere (12683) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Oangey amber ale with a thin off white head. Sweet malt and scotch whiskey in aroma, with intense alcohol. In mouth, burning alcohol, iodine, licorice and hops. Tingling mouthfeel. Oily bodied. Overkill.
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange/caramel/brownish color, somewhat cloudy, minimal beige head. aroma is brown sugar, earthiness and mild alcohol. flavor is buttery, alcohol, very sweet, although not cloying. very interesting and not too shabby!
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one sick ale! Tastes like grain alcohol dipped in burnt wood! Very very strong, and very odd, nice carmel coloring with a total alcoholic finish.