Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep mahogany color with a nice two finger eggshell color foam. Aromas are complex with earthy woody dark fruit, malty and rustic with a touch of herbal sweetness. On the palate there is a lot of that complexity coming through with a nice malt backbone to reign in the flavors of chocolate, crusty bread, sweet toffee, pepper and a nice little underlying sour tartness that is subtle but really livens up the back end of this brew and cuts through the dark caramel sweetness.
arminjewell (6416) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at Royal Hilltop, dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought toffee, caramel, burnt sugars, some slight earth, biscuit, sour fruits, hints of nuts, touch of red ripe fruit as well. Taste is a mix of sweet fruit, caramel, burnt sugars, hints of earth, slight sour notes, some red fruit, finishing sweet, dry. Interesting.
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle and served in one of my Duvel snifters: Pours a deep reddish-brown with a fading off-white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of almond joy candy bar (almonds, chocolate, coconut) , oak chips, banana nut bread, slight raisin and plum, and a hint of treacle. The taste is malt forward but not overly sweet has there is a slight tartness and mild acidity for balance. Not much in the way of hops found in this brew, light peppery notes are discovered however. The mouth feel is smooth and dry but a bit on the dull side. Overall, I quite enjoyed this and it did exceed my expections. FAR BETTER than the Samuel Smith version. I would NOT recommend aging this beer however. Buy now, drink now.
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Dark amber with big head. Rich english malts. Nice interesting flavor, and alcohol well masked.
Sadads (8) - Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2012 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice use of dark roasts. Similar to many of the smokehouse beers that they are producing. Heavy on the roast at the front. Light berry fruit in the initial taste, hops towards the end more bitter then standard English style ales.
DialSquare (2906) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from Tim and Rachel up at Proof. Red-brown pour with thin off-white. Aroma is sugary, pepper, red fruit, wood. Tastes are nutty, marshmellow, grape. Dries out.
stevencon (464) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour off white head. Dark red fruit sugared pepper. Nice body with effervescent. Red fruit taste tart cherry or raspberry. Maybe some wood. Overall a good beer but not my favorite style.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Smoke & Barrel. Pours clear golden. Small white ring of foam. No head. Nose is toffee and sugar. Orange candies and some cotton candy. Taste is oily, spicy, some warming alcohol. Quite rich- more sweet Abbey Tripel like. Mild spicy Belgian yeast. Weak lace.
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drjay44 (2729) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over a slightly hazy dark amber (SRM 18) body......nose is redolent of cereals, dried fruits including raisin, plum, lighter cherry, wood, banana, with hints of cocoa, hints of hazelnut.....taste is heavy cereal, cocoa, raisin, plum, coffee, finishing with light pepper, hints of bitterness.........mouth feel thick, alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds a spritz. This is a nicely complex well balanced beer. The malts dominate, but with some restraint, along with lovely contribution from the hops. This falls well within the description of an "English Barley Wine" under the BJCP style guidelines. It is a delicious beer. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
thorongil2 (1389) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(tap) very dark reddish brown with small tan head; aroma of stewed fruit; tart flavour, not bad but nothing great either