Dacrza (569) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
DATE TASTED: January 26, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel oversized snifter... OCCASION: still waiting for Superstorm Iola to hit... APPEARANCE: starts well with an imposing label; intimidating dark garnet body that sports a frothy off-white head that laces with a brazen two-finger strength; lacing is spectral and substantial... AROMA: BIG apple, pear and sour fruit; powerful cherries--a nice mix of a beefy malty base and a kriek... PALATE: full-bodied, warming and hearty--yet smoothly sippable; a balanced barleywine, though it lacks a dry finish...TASTE: cherries are front and center; soft brown ale elements play on the sugary fruits; oddly not as winy as a barley purports to be...OVERALL:as I recalled from years past, a beer worthy of a blizzard watch; the price is about right for its heft; within its genre, not a standout, with enough imperfections to seek out better-rated beers...
monk191 (1181) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice barelywine, smooth but not the most interesting. Pours a beautiful clear red with a tan head. Smells of bourbon, caramel and apple cinnamon. Taste is creamy, with a lot of maltiness, more caramel and cinnamon, and some green apple and booziness in the finish. Paired with Mac & Cheese Balls, a booziness and spiciness is brought out that lingers. Happy 998.
BrewBoxer (2259) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour at the Coney Island beer festival at mcu park. Dark brown barley wine style with a sweet bready taste
RSRIZZO (1872) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this beer on 4/2/2003. Aroma is a sweet malt scent like you would expect from a Scottish Ale. Color is a rich clear amber with very good carbonation and a nice head. Taste is malty and bitter. Starting with a full body that goes down with a mellow sharpness. Finish is a sweet rich malt flavor backed by quick bitterness. In the end it leaves you with a warm alcohol feel.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear dark red, nice fine light brown head, sweet citrus aroma, creamy body, big sweet carmel malt flavor with lots of hop character, low bitterness, good in a me-too imperial ipa kind of way,
Score: 3.8 to 3.0
thining out with muted hops but the fruity malt is not kicking in yet, a muddy middle age mess
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
rating from memory, had this around 11/06, 22oz bomber, purchased at Chuck’s wine and spirits outside of cleveland. pours dark amber, nose sorta old ale like, sweet caramel and fruits. taste was pretty enjoyable, sweet malts, fruits, chocolate, and subtle vegetable notes. pretty tasty and aged fine.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11-Sep-06 (22 oz bottle: Obtained 30-Jul-04 in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!) Lots of age under this one, so the characteristics aren’t surprising; it tastes and smells malty, earthy (the aroma is almost pungently so), chocolaty and moderately sweet. Brown sugar and dark fruits, but it’s moderately sweet, staying far away from anything remotely cloying. Bitterness, either from roastiness or hops is very mild if it ever existed in the first place. Whatever spice might have been in this winter-warmer-gone-wild is tough to pick out at this stage over the earthiness and dark fruits. Really coming across as an aged old ale to me. As mentioned, the aroma is earthy, but unmistakable sweet fruits come out even more. Body is medium-full and medium carbonation has held up perfectly after two-plus years in the bottle. Light brown in color, the beer is cloudy out of the bottle, but it pretty much clears up completely over time. Small, light-tan head shows more life on the second (and thus warmer) pour, but either way, it settles to a filmy layer after not too long. Only a few wisps of lace stick to the glass. Very enjoyable to drink, but this has almost certainly transformed into quite a different beer from when it was fresh. And with the aging, it has followed a pretty standard transition toward earth and dark fruits, but the chocolate overtones give it a nice note of distinction.
beastiefan2k (2645) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale pulls out another killer... penguin that is. And an old one 2002 bottle. Poured dark amber with some lacing. Aroma is strong - a very mellowy old ale - definite presence with the plum/raison alcohol but with a strong fruit presence underneath that. Taste is amazingly mellow - no alcohol presence at all. Really strong heavy fruit flavor - heavy cherry. Grainy and malty as well. Finishes with absolutely no bitterness.
amboston (5) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This great beerpours a dark amber color., Lots of lacing and the aroma was sweet.
Taste was pretty much the same only sweeter. Strong malt presence but followed by a bit of hoppiness. The finish has almost a sugary flavor.The alcohol is hidden well. A pleasant and balanced beer.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampling at Radek’s courtesy of Eyedrinkale - cheers! Nice reddish-coppery-amber colour with great wafting maltiness. Caramel sweet and fruity aromas lead to a nice crisp hoppy flavour. Lingered nicely with just a touch of alcohol evident - very nice.