Nephilium (1365) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Batch 6; Bottled in March 2010) This starts with a boozy nose, a touch of oak, and some fruit in the aroma. It pours a clear ruby red, with a full off-white head. The flavor is intense, a strong blast of oak and vanilla, with a sweet finish. This is a hot beer, and the alcohol is noticeable in the warming sensation as you swallow. A nice sipping beer on a chilly, wet spring day. Next time Iím out of state, Iíll be picking up some more of this.
WVHouseofBeer (819) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was almost mead-like. Sweet aromas and flavors of honey, toffee, coffee, dark fruit and wood. Warming and slightly boozy. Pours a vibrant amber color with a big frothy white head. Medium bodied, but on the heavier side. Very nice beer, definitely a sipper.
boozedude (1827) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared with josh hakes dr. hazy dark orangish pour with white head, aroma carmel fruit, with a strong alcohol aroma, taste is siilar, this is delicious, and stupid strong, love it!
574deadzone (1047) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at Central City. Listed as 16.9% ABV. Pours a deep, clear amber with a thick, tight khaki head that leaves a dripping wall of lace. Nose involves an initial blast of mint, with robust malt, candied orange, light chocolate, earth, cinnamon, toasted malt, and alcohol vapors. Really sweet, kind of bitter but not nearly in balance. Full bodied, thick, quite oily, soft carb, warming on the way down, with a long herbal, minty toward mouthwash finish. A really intense brew with lots of layers, many of which Iím sure I missed. Awesome to try.
Dodgrblu (610) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Sacramento, aroma is oak and caramel, intensely sweet. Reminiscent of a port.
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fattybladdy (565) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very red amber, lots of head but settled rather quickly. Aroma is big and noticeable immediately upon cracking - oak, caramel and booze. Taste is sweet caramel and vanilla, oak and fig with boozy heat but dangerously drinkable. Very good.
tderoeck (4730) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
9/VIII/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from Charles Street Liquor (Boston, US) @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: IV/2009, batch 5 (2014-901) Thanks to Annelies and Thomas for the bottle!
Little hazy red brown to brownish purple beer, small aery off-white head, unstable, dissipates immediately. Aroma: lots of chocolate, malty, honey, chocolate bread, bit yeasty, cocoa powder, sweet. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sweet, caramel, sugary, lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some banana, sweet malts. Aftertaste: sugary, sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, more vanilla, more chocolate, raisins, some alcohol. Man, this is good stuff!!!
chinchill (1900) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2014 12 oz 2009 bottle.
First time trying this beer so I donít know if it is past itís peak but it is certainly a great beer.
Slightly sweet, slightly oaky, and fabulously rich, this brew has an excellent balance of flavors. High 16.4% ABV is nicely hidden -- drinks like a ~9% ale.
ACHops (695) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Uber. Barleywines are not my thing, but had to try this one... listed here as 15.5%. Pours dark caramel with medium creamy off-white head. Aroma is boozy roasty caramel malt, with strong notes of rye and bourbon. Taste is super sweet thick caramel malt, lots of vanilla and oak, lingers syrupy sweet on the finish. Rich toffee and dark caramel mid-palate. Opens up a bit as it warms. Huge beer, the booze and sweetness permeates. I donít think Iíve ever said this (and maybe itís the Samaelís talking...), but it seems like the sugar and abv could be reeled back a bit and this would still have the same great flavor profile. I dunno. Iíd have another.
JHeath99 (970) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours transparent brown with a thin ring of beige head. Aroma of oak and caramel with some vanilla. Taste starts off sweet, almost too sweet, with caramel and dark fruits.
Danyel (785) - Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours brown with lots of red hues and off-white head. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, brown sugar. Taste is very sweet, hot, medium bodied.....okay.