adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of notalush. Thanks a bunch! Reddish maroon appearance with a small, off white head. Kind of a woody, dark fruity, a bit tangy, caramel aroma. Tangy, dark berry, caramel, a bit herbal, somewhat toasty flavor with a fair amount of booze and bitterness.
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber - soapy lace - a lot of alcohol in the nose, overpowering more subtle notes of sherry, light esters, mild oxidation - flavor is surprisingly light - moderate sweetness with a bitterness to cut it that develops through the middle that balances fairly well - the bitterness is herbal, almost juniper/gin-like, especially in the finish - some notes of toffee and sherry through the middle - pretty decent, just way too much alcohol in the nose.
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as big and crazy as I might have expected. Classic aromas of cooked sugary malts, minerally chocolate and sweet woods. Plenty more sweet fruits to taste, with a mildly bitter finish, but this really is incredibly elegant for a 11% beer. Some hop firness to finish.
jimhilt (2554) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours three finger khaki head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Brown sugar nose and flavor is brown sugar with a piney hop background. High ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Amber mahogany pour with a thin white head. Slightly hoppy iced tea aroma. Taste is Carmelized sugar with hop balance. It’s good but I was expecting more mouthfeel and body. Good.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Yule Ale
Date: February 12, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: cloudy dark amber, creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, peaches and apricots, chocolate and caramel
Flavor: rich sweet fruity flavor, robust balancing earthyness, light lingering bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, candi-sugar,caramel, yeast, raisins, and slight diacetyl. Poured very deep amber/brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, off-white/tan/beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet, and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, caramel, raisins, hop, diacetyl, figs, and some dust. Medium to full body. Viscous, creamy, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, caramel, diacetyl, hop, finish is light to medium bitter and medium sweet. 11%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours tawny brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very bready with some toffee, cream, very toasty malt and some nuttiness. Medium body thats a bit rich and there is a bit of soft carbonation. The flavor starts much like the aroma and is very malty. The finish adds a touch of hops. Decent barleywine.
thornecb (5498) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes leaving spider lacing to hug rim. Dark caramel and breadfruit aromas. Thick with sweet dark caramel upfront turning to mild bitter earthy hops in the lasting finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a very hazy, deep crimson color with a moderate, pillowy, frothy, khaki-colored head which is mostly lasting and leaves some frothy lace. The nose is sweet and sugary like a rum, some raisins, very biscuity, toasted caramel, and slight maple. The flavor is similar with some maple, lots of dark rye bread, raisins and dates, some toasty caramels, and some brown sugar. The palate is full, velvety, slightly warming, and soft to lively. The finish is bitter from the dark rye-like notes but mostly still sweet with caramels and golden raisins, and a lingering maple note. An interesting BW with so much bready and raisin influence. The palate fit the beer well and the 11% was fairly well masked. The complexity seemed to lack for the strength and drinkable nature of the beer. Not a bad beer in this style but lacked some of the intricacies and character of better examples.