UltraViolence (23) - USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I haven’t much liked the brewery, but they were serving this one up at the GABF. It’s inconceivably good. Melted caramel, outlandishly rich. Brown sugar, warming alcohol, has a dessert wine vibe to it. Just outrageous, unique, and completely excellent.
DJMonarch (9170) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampler at the Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery, Denver 11/10/2007
Strong sherry aroma. Dark red coloured smooth on the palate and strong in alcohol with a slightly dry warming whisky finish.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at GABF 2008. I really loved this beer. Dark as ever with vanilla, chocolate, malt and caramel on the nose. Very smooth palate with flavors of chocolate and sweet malts. Just loved this.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On the floor at GABF 2007. Smells very porty and vanilla, with a little floral honey in the alcohol character (reminding of the more floral meads I’ve had). Flavor is right in the sweet spot for my tastes in barley wines: chocolate and caramel covered raisins in a brown sugar reduction, bright thick sweetness and malts all over. Alcohol comes through in the finish a bit, which is an elegant counterpoint to the sweetness running through it. Well done.
bleeng (1613) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage served during the 2007 GABF. Solid black pour with no head. Nose of malt, chocolate, caramel, alcohol. Very smooth and a bit carbonated. Taste is sweet, chocolately, and the alcohol is well hidden for this monster beer. Almost too drinkable and dangerous.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 vintage on tap at the brewpub on 10/12/07: Pours an oily nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin ring of white head. Aroma of complex sweet dark caramel and oaky bourbon with a lot of raisins and brown sugar. Body starts very full, rich and sweet with nice dark fruity complexity toward a dense oaky whiskey finish. Nicely balanced and well-aged with a touch of oxidized complexity.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap. hazy mahogony with no head. oakrum malt aroma. rich bourbon flavor caramel sugar and maple. deliciuous.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of maple syrup, caramel, biscuit, molasses, dark fruits, and vanilla with a sticky finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2007: Poured a hazey deep brown color with a beige head. Fruity with milk chocolate make up the aroma. Bourbon and vanilla show up but blend so well. The flavor is full of fruit with some more notes of chocolate. Full bodied. This is smooth and warming but the alcohol takes a back seat. Yummy.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Source: Brewfest, GABF
opaque dark brown, wispy tan head,
rich dark caramel malt aroma with earthy hops and a light fruity character,
sweet dark caramel candy flavor, bourbon sweetness, light earthy hops for balance,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20