GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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 (3440) - 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 (2442) - , 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
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by my good friend Blake. No proper notes taken about this one but I do recall it being somewhat peppery and malty. Interesting brew.
fijifrank (4) - USA - SEP 22, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. pour at the Anchor. Rich aromas of coffee and chocolate. Satifying finish. Needed to be served warmer than it was.
Nickls (2392) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Creamy light tan head, dark brown copper that’s quite dense looking. Slightly sour dough, toffee, slight roast and some sweet maltiness in he aroma. Quite roasty upfront, sourish fruit and toffee, and a dark plum flavor on the backend. Medium to heavier dense body with good carbonation. Nice sipping brew, but too much roast for what’s going on here for me.
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a foamy canvas colored head. Notes of chocolate, rust, burnt bread, styrofoam, and hazelnuts. Foamy acidic mouthfeel. Decent.
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie, and toast malt, dates, cherry, and plantain notes and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and medium bitterness, fruity esters and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Three Fires. Roasty malt, brown sugar, toast, and dark fruit aroma. Deep chestnut with a moderate off-white head, thick creamy lacing. Bready toast malt, vinous fruit, peppery spicy hops, and burnt sugar flavor. Medium body, low carbonation. Very nice.
eruizgarcia (312) - - SEP 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious and perfectly balanced beer with aromas of toffee, bread and sweet malts. Hints of oak. Moderate carbonation, a bit reminiscent of a good root beer. Just the right body and very pleasant aftertaste.