HighWine (941) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Batch 406 bottled on 2/15/11. Label says 2010 and 13.8% ABV. Maple pour with an extremely short lived beige head. No lacing. Dark brown sugar aroma. Full flavor but unusual. I get strong dark licorice in my mouth with sweetness. Maple flavors come forward but that could be residual effects from my contemplating the color. there’s some hop and roastiness flavors coming through now, along with booze. The brown sugar comes forward after the sip is gone. Interesting. Complex is too string of a word. I’d stick with unusual...but good.
Eructoblaster (2853) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 330ml. Dark amber body with an average beige frothy head. Complex malty/hoppy aroma with fruity, woody, and some subtle vanilla hints. Robust hoppy taste with fruity and piney notes. Ends with a long, strong, warming bitter finish. Very well done!
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dated 07/2009. Muddy caramel with scant beige head / Nose of cooked fruit and bourbon / Medium to full body, sweet and somewhat syrupy, but with some hop balance, and long finish / Flavors of caramel, coconut, cooked orange and grapefruit, dates, raisins, oak, and bourbon / An interesting, mellow old thing, possibly lacking the brighter flavor profile of the best, but still a treat.
BeerandBlues2 (9081) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear tawny with no head. Aroma is spruce and herbal hops, caramel and cookie malt, spicy alcohol, dates and plums. Flavor is juniper/spruce, heavy malt, light alcohol, dark fruity esters, medium bitterness, light smoky and peaty whiskey with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth, and light carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours hazy amber/brown with a trace of fizzy off-white head; short retention and . Aroma is toasted malt, sour fruit, earthy notes, caramel, figs, and booze. Flavor is sweet malt forward, faint hops, and medium fruit esters; booze taste throughout and dry, semi-sweet finish. Medium body, low carbonation, and high warmth.
brigg (486) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Murky, nearly opaque rust red body with a barely-there-thin head. Aroma is sweet and bright with alcohol, notes of fruit (strawberry, apple, grape) and light spice (cinnamon) and vinegar. Body is medium, sticky mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet with some good acidity and tartness; notes of fruit and whiskey.
teorn88 (1916) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep copper/red with beige head. Aroma of strong dark malt, alcohol, some dark fruit, some caramel and spice. Flavor of strong malt, caramel, spice, alcohol, and some fruit. Mouth feel is heavy body with low-medium carbonation
briggatebeer (7) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full-some barley wine collaboration beer...
Fairly good looking beer, nothing really in terms of head unfortunately. What was there disappeared fast but of course the density of the beer and the alcohol content explain this sufficiently.
Nose is a little disappointing for a beer of this complexity - it’s all in the taste really which doesn’t disappoint. It’s multilayered in a pleasing way and is something that quite a few brewdog beers fail to achieve!
Sweet dark toffee, caramel and really nice latte notes which are subtle enough so as not to dominate. Velvety texture is sliced through with warm alcohol and then relatively clean grapefruity, hoppy bitterness.
There’s not a great deal of length but all round a pretty interesting barley wine.
Smurf2055 (1293) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours ruby, head leaves very quickly. Very faint smell. Balanced and fruity with a prickly sensation. Sits well. Bit of a boozy taste. I wasn’t blown away by it, but it’s pretty good.
Dixonian (1558) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 2010 vintage.
Cloudy amber pour with a sparse off-white head. Grassy hops, peat, toffee, and oak aromas. Doesn’t taste as good as it smells - smokey and malty with some citrus and caramel.