fsquirrel29 (75) - 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.
harrymel (930) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 7, 740 cases.
Pours a nice spiced rum color with a fleeting finger of light caramel foam. Has good color. Nose is warm (alcohol warm) and mixes with caramel, some vanilla, alcohol and bits of nougat. The combination is oddly reminiscent of a dubbel for me (but on íroids)
The flavor is robustly alcoholic up front and sweet on the finish. I much like this. I would guess with a few years, this beer would be outstanding. There is a certain sharpness to it at this time that is a bit detrimental. A good, solid sweet caramel and woody flavor. I donít think this is particularly oxidized, but it tastes slightly so (in a good way). The body is medium with low, smooth carb and a slick finish. the mouthfeel is really spot on for me.
Serving type: bottle
queenholly (2422) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Oaky brandy, vanilla, dark fruit, and black bread aroma. Hazy chestnut with a minimal head. Sticky sweet cherry, black bread, oak, and boozy flavor. Full sticky body, soft- almost flat carbonation.
Bill Becker (137) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
$9.99 for the 12 oz bottle bought at Star Liquor in Sheridan WY. May 2013 batch 9, 632 cases? Cool addition t the info on the label.
A deep golden brew with almost a one finger head of foam, nice lacing, I do see some floaties.
Caramel malt heavily soaked in booze is what I get from the smell. Iím almost getting tipsy from just taking some whiffs.
Beautiful flavour of caramel malt, one of the best Iíve had, and when the big woody notes move in, surprisingly to me, I think it enhances the flavour. Yes indeed..it is hot as heck, hotter than even the abv implies, but slow sips pay off, like what I experience with Sam Adams Utopias.
On the high end of medium bodied, low level of carbonation, this is going to take me some time to finish but when I do, Iíll be satisfied, Iím sure. Nice.
shrubber85 (6515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Oak, fruitcake and brandy aroma. Cloudy brown with minimal head. Sweet cherry, raisin, and rye bread flavor. Light alcohol finish. Very tasty.
beerbastard (609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 12oz. bottle, 2008, batch 4, Pours a clear reddish brown. Lots of alcohol in the nose with strong malts and caramel along with dark fruit aromas. Boozy full bodied flavors of cotton candy, dark fruits, rum, honey, and toffee. Very complex. What a huge beer. Mellowed from some age. The hop bitterness and the alcohol seem to counter the sweetness to make a good balance overall.
Beergeek23322 (1736) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/11/2012. 12 oz. bottle. Poured black with a beige head. Lots of alcohol up front with the roasted malt and dried fruit. Flavors shows the oak and fruit well - and then just the burn at the end.
ads135 (2392) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme barleywine. Crazy amount of plum, raisin, licorice, and brown sugar barely disguise the alcohol.
Skykwby (31) - Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My first foray into this style of brew. Wow, one of the little "firsts" that I will remember among few things in this wonderful life. Not sure how to rate a beer like this, so forgive this newbie. I will improve. Just try this if you are new to barley wines.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BOSSbrewer (1041) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely wonderful. Lots of caramel and oak. A bit hot with alcohol but lots of rich sweetness and a crisp clean finish. Nice beer.
Patrickctenchi (2516) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, red-amber...no head, just a few stray tan wisps.
Smoky, dark fruit, sugary aroma.
Taste is sweet, clingy...sugary vanilla, wood....caramel malt.
Raisins and port wine.
Massive flavours....boozy (of course)..sticky.
Points for audacity.