SpongeRuiner (829) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lot of caramel flavors. Nice alcohol feel. Not too much. A good one in cold weather.
tectactoe (2645) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2014 Bottle: 2010, 3-years old. Thanks, Ryan. Caramel colored, opaque body with a lazy, dark beige head that quickly solidifies as nothing more than a big-bubbled collar. Aroma is pretty standard barley wine, with notes of caramel, toffee, light boozy oak, some dense dark fruits, & a little bit of honey sweetness. Taste is a pretty hefty mix of sticky caramel & tangy grapes & prunes. Quite heavy on the dark fruit; sweet & even with a spike of mild tartness in there. Some cocoa powder, oak, & whiskey in the finish. Sticky, sweet, & lightly boozy, this is a pretty easy drinking barley wine. Not the best or most complex, but still pretty nice.
harrymel (1524) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 2010 (rev 28DEC12)
Nice dark cherry color with a solid thick sheet of light caramel foam. Smells of toffee, caramel, nougat, vanilla, oak, some hints of alcohol and a touch of graham. Nice nose. Tastes of sweet malts, toffee, a bit of toasted sugar, some grassy hops(?), a little bit of alcohol. Medium on thin actually with low carb and a semi dry finish. A decent beer, not $15 decent, but worth a taste in the right situation.
Original review (Jan, 2011): 4/3.5/3.5/4.5/3.5 - 3.63
A: Ale pours a beautiful deep cinnamon building a two fingers maple creamy head. This dissipates over the next few minutes to thick blanket of the same. The beer is like maple syrup, with caramel hues, this is a looker. Laces stick to the sides with little effort.
S: I poured this several times, and each time, the nose is dominated by green apple skins. After several minutes, the beer really opens up and toffee, caramel, malts come through beautifully. Slight tea aromas come through and balance out the sweetness. Vanilla oak low to slight in the nose.
T: A bit warm. No, quite warm. The ABV is not well concealed here. The malts come through and dance among the oak notes which stand out much further than in the nose. Lower bittering on this one, canít say I like this, but not very disappointed either. Can see this one really shining through in another year.
M: Sticky, thick, viscous beer. Wow, super sticky. Heavy with medium carbonation. Iím impressed with the velvety feel with which this presents.
D: I think the beer is good, but not quite as good as maybe say Mirror Mirror or some others. More malt forward than many popular Barley wines, which I like. This is a good beer, but not a great one. Worth a try, but I would split the cost if I could.
koleminer20 (806) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. 2012 vintage. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraserís Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a little more of a reddish brown than Iíd expected, but very incredible. There is minimal head, and no lace. The aroma is booing with the bourbon notes. There are strong signs of vanilla, but there isnít much left to think about what this baby is. The taste is also quite heavy on the bourbon and vanilla, with the great complexity that youíd expect in a good barleywine. There is some caramel, and some fruity tones. I love the mouth feel. There is a great thickness and the finish is a little dry, but just enough to let you know that the booziness is there to back in the 12% punch. Great beer.
hayduke (3533) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This corked and caged bottle was shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Mine started out at 60 degrees. His was much colder. It poured a cola color with a nice beige head and almost no lacing. This was bottle 705 or 3240. of 2012. The nose started out a pure oak aged whiskey and alcohol. But as it warmed the aromas and flavors emerged. The nose stared to show caramel malts, some apple and pear, citrus like orange, some tangerine, vanilla and oak along with the ever present whisky/. Medium body, Alcoholic mouth feel. Flavor is like the aroma except you get some cloves and floral hops. Best at about 67 degrees. This is good, but there is too much whiskey and alcohol to be really really good.
Strykzone (5204) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked and caged 750 from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. Mine was bottle #710. Darker brown and opaque with a big beige head. Lots of whiskey in the nose with some chocolate. That is tasted, too. And alcohol. The whiskey is over powering. Hopefully the beer will warm and more flavors will emerge. I managed to wait long enough to get some raisins and spices. Not a lot, though. Some more complex fruit but mostly alcohol. I really think that if I could have allowed this to warm enough there would have been more flavors that emerged.
superspak (2996) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottle 2843/3240. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, tangerine, orange zest, floral, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light clove, brown sugar, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and barrel notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and good strength. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, tangerine, orange zest, floral, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, clove, light pine, brown sugar, and toasted earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pear, apple, orange zest, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, clove, brown sugar, and light pine on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors with a moderate amount of hops; with a great malt/hop/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, barrel, and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Crispy34 (425) - Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle 2011. Aroma is barley wine with bourbon. Appearance is a murky brown with a tan head. Tons of carbonation. Taste the bourbon is present first and through out. After the bourbon, comes some barely wine flavor that finishes with a strong mix of the flavors. Palate is pretty dry. Overall, a very complex beer. Would buy another.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a huge khaki head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, oak. Taste is mostly caramel and roasty brown sugar with a little barrel in the end. Very carbonated which hurt the mouth feel and the beer. Decent.
Beerandhockey8 (235) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is an intense copper, thin white champagne like head. Nose is roasted malt, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Taste is sour, medium bodied. Interesting beer, still learning about this style.