b3shine (4446) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to half-pint glass (2012 vintage; shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a mostly transparent deeper orange with off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of caramel and mild citrus. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. A good example of the style.
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Aroma is strong and fruity, mainly apple, with a bourbon-like overtone. It pours a clear coppery orange with a thick and rather persistent pale tan head. Fruity, malty flavor has a firm but not vicious alcohol bite and a touch of honey-like sweetness, as well as a bit of hoppy bitterness. Smooth texture has average body and some good fizz.
DonutSeducer (20) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Average barley wine. Initial tastes of sweetness opening up to faint citrus.
gunnar (4868) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from my European Secret Santa 2013. Pours clear copper with a small off white head. Aroma of rubber glue,caramel and grains.Taste is moderate sweet, plums and alcohol. Full bodied. sticky mouthfeel. Say no more.
Umoyk (34) - , - DEC 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 Really nice. The bottle was a bit more than a year old, so it had developed nutty, sherry-like aromas.
csaso (1225) - Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage - very slight foamy head, clear medium copper color, earthy hop and malt aroma and flavor, good shot of alcohol, dark fruit notes, pretty complex and good overall
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RickTStiles (660) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear amber with no head or lacing. Caramel and orange aroma. Taste has notes of bitter caramel, orange peel, vanilla and smoked cheese...hours or stilton. Finish is bitter and syrupy.
Geiserich (3108) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark orange to amber color, low off-white head. Flavor is inetnsive malty, very fruity ( apricot, peach, plums), notes of caramel, roasted malt, candy. Roasty, hop bitter end.
Brewbie (451) - New York, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. 2009 vintage. amber color, thin head, syrupy pour. not much in the aroma, little hop background. sweet tasting, very slick and syrupy in the mouth. caramel, little bit of alcohol warmth.
Lupulucid (185) - - DEC 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Monster is a gentle wallop of boozy goodness. It is friendly and accessible with some charm. It has some grain expression that is appealing and provides some complexity. Overall more balanced than intense or complex... other than the booze part.