Jerm719 (91) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unfiltered orange-amber hue. Big sweet nose. Tropical fruit, bubblegum, raisins, toffee. Taste is candied malt, apricot, plum, sweet oak, biscuit, raisins, toffee, brandy. Big, rounded, slightly syrupy, alcohol hidden pretty good for the abv. Very tasty sweet, rich, slow sipper. Would love to have again!
Leveejr (54) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, sweet and sticky with oak on the aroma. cloying sweet and oaky taste almost to the point of being one note. Slight fruity and brown sugar notes on the back. Definitely needs age but not bad fresh
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Advocate_Ames (390) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7 yr old bottle, 2007. Pours a brownish red with a soft lacing of foam that hugs my glass. The aroma is very candy sugar with semi charred carmel like malts, booze, and a potent oak scent. As I taste this I am taken back by how tasteful this is for 15 percent abv. Yes the Samael is a sipper but it is very enjoyable and favorable. I notoced booze, mild bitterness, sweet candy sugar, and a defined sweet toffee malt flavor. The finish had a bitter sweetness to it with a warming booze quality. Overall this was a rather great beverage even though I am not into high intense abv styles.
roxtersoxter (230) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with very little tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of booze with heavy caramel and hint of spice. Flavor is very smooth caramel with booze finish. Excellent beer!
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Cristobal37 (230) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep heavy barley wine. Booze for days and heavy burnt caramel flavor. This one hits and stays with you for a while. The finish is boozy, but not as much as the 15%. Must try!
FriendOfBeer (74) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sour apple, raspberry aroma. Ruby appearance. Vanilla, banana and fruit taste. Syrup mouthfeel. Strong carbonation. Caramel aftertaste. The booze is surprisingly not very prominent.
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Voodoo (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper color with a thin white head which disappears quickly. Aroma is rust, rye bread crust. Taste is sour vanilla, booze, wood, cloying sweetness, dried raisins, sour late and a malty overdose of aftertaste which hangs for a long time. Oddly, Iíd like to see this fermented drier before aging which would raise the alcohol, as itís so thick in the mouthfeel itís like 90 weight and would make for a much more pleasant experience.
jdb288 (343) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bottle. Pours murky orange/gold with white head. Plenty of carbonation here. Aroma is stone fruit, boozy. First sip coats the tongue completely. Strong oak presence, caramel tones (as described). Very creamy and wonderful mouthfeel. A big alcohol warming presence given the ABV and the alcohol does not hide here. A nice sipper, but only one!
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 Vintage. pours tan, slight haze, small cream colored head. lots of booze in the nose, toffee, slight vegetable. tasting is sweet, caramel, toffee. booze is hot.
crossovert (6363) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009 vintage. Like its counterpart the beast the adjunctiness nad booze harsh in this one reign.
superspak (2206) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; batch 1, bottled in 2005. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy dark ruby red color with a minimal wisp of a head that reduces to nothing. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, plum, apple, pear, molasses, toffee, caramel, toast, brown bread, oak, light chocolate, vanilla, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with big complexity and great balance of malt, oak, and yeast ester notes; with big strength. Taste of huge raisin, fig, plum, prune, apple, pear, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, light clove, toast, chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, plum, fig, pear, apple, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, caramel, toffee, chocolate, toast, oak, vanilla, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of big dense malt, fruity yeast, and oak flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome English barleywine. Big complexity and great balance of malt, yeast ester, and oak flavors; and quite smooth sip on slowly with no booziness. A highly enjoyable offering.