Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ported from BA
A Garnet with light head, great retention
S Very malty, a bit fruity
T Sweet, raisin, boozy, delicious
M Thick, a bit low on carbonation for my taste
O This is a great beer, thoroughly enjoyed it, but considering the barrel aged version is not hard to come by and the cost is the same, I would go with barrel aged every time.
Serving type: bottle
afksports (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This does better as it warms. The barleywine - 2011 batch so aged a year - has a lot of alc in the smell and at the back of the taste. But otherwise it has burnt caramel and figs/dates. A medium to light body, itís dark in the center to nearly clear on the outside. True to style barleywine that probably is a great candidate for aging. If barleywines are your thing, this is an excellent option at the price point, and something that could compete with Bigfoot. That said, for me there was a tannic onion type of thing going on in the finish that just didnít sit right. So... quality, but the taste was just a little off.
drdisque (457) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sweet fruity aroma. pours cloudy copper. flavor is vanilla, fruit (almost strawberry) , and a touch of grain. Enjoyed it.
Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by BC3. Poured a clear copper color with a moderate frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy malt, complex dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol burn finish of moderate to long duration. This is a interesting beer.
ReggieDunlap (2777) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweet with fig and candied fruits...very fruity...slightly boozy. Flavor follows suit...very notable candied fruit...but is more bitter and hoppy than the aroma suggests...nice oaky, earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and silky with a fruity/oaky dry finish that warms.
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: March 3, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: TheGuy Description: Semi-opaque muddy brown pour with some head and spotty lacing. Aroma was malty, caramel, toffee and a little bit of alcohol. Taste was a miss for me. Starts out super sweet, moves into a funky alcohol, then the bitterness comes in and finishes really dry. Medium body and some carbonation. Thanks Chuck!
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks andrewsdad. Sweet maltiness that is very inviting. Very mice sweet malts in the taste.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours soft peachy amber with a slight haze and one finger of sandy tan head. Nose is rich and dextrinous, very bready and malty with lots of toasted grain and biscuity notes. Sweet with some candied fruit. Full and viscous body with a sharp bitterness and warming alcohol. Rich and malty with a lot of caramelly sweetness and fruity notes. Gets to be a little sharp for my taste.
tcanapa (17) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle pours opaque deep reddish brown with one finger of yellowish head, minimal lacing, slightly sweet with caramel flavors and finishes with a solid hoppiness, creamy, want more.
hombrepalo (1714) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a nice dark reddish brown. Spicy nose, alcohol, peppers and bitter hops. Spicy hops upfront, alcohol bitterness immediately, peppery and malty. Mouthfeel is bitter, spicy and smooth. Overall pretty delicious.