FlandersNed (384) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Hazy, reddish-brown tone with a large tan foamstand. Malty nose. Dried leaves, aged figs, raisins, moldy spices, caramel & parchment/cardboard. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Wasnít bad but couldíve used a touch more sweetness.
mstrcrwly (825) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle courtesy of Strykzone,poured into a tulip glass...burgundy with a thin off white head..aroma of caramel,toffee,booze,dark fruits..tastes of raisins,caramel,figs,toffee..not overly bitter..just ok.
coachd (434) - Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2015 version. Aroma is disappointing. Boozy, malty and not much else with a faint trace of cardboard. Pours a nice reddish color with a tiny ring of white foam. Taste has elements of fig, plum and raisin. Spicy up front with more sweetness than is typical for the style. Alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Not very complex. Palate is thin and weak. I didnít like this one very much. I should have known this brewery couldnít produce a decent barleywine. I will be aging a few bottles mostly because I donít want to drink them. Hopefully some age will open this one up a bit.
EtTuCthulhu (1387) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that fades somewhat slowly. The aroma blends grain, alcohol, caramel, and raisin. The taste is mildly bitter, mildly sweet, a touch umami, and a touch boozy. The mouthfeel is soft in carbonation, slick in texture, and medium in body.
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо!
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at at 28 Springs with Bruce. Aroma is sweet toffee and candy. Some dark fruits. Pours copper Amber. Nice but a bit too sweet.
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kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep copper color with a slight white. Caramel and slight dark fruit notes initial the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, caramel sweetness, little booze notes. Good but a touch sweet for me.
Onionkid (376) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma is boozy, smelling like molasses and malts. The taste has a nice alcohol burn to it, overall syrupy-sweet with some various fruity flavors. I donít really think the flavors all work together well, and I canít shake the boozy taste. Still a solid beer! 10.5% alcohol.
beastiefan2k (3044) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2013 22oz bottle poured into a small St Bernardus tasting goblet glass. 2010 bottle, ~2.5 years old , not purposefully aged. I think these are winter releases and I bought it about a year ago at Wine and Cheese. Brown-amber color, thick looking, small head. Aroma is way strong alcohol and malts. Sweet and raisin rich aroma. Itís too strong actually an bit over the top. Flavor is sweet but well attenuated raisin and light bark malts. Itís strong but not sugary is the bottom line. No sign of age at the moment.
ben4321 (5245) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 4/18/12, 2012 Bottle
Aroma: The aroma is sweet malts, caramel, toffee, fruity notes, a little spice, and hints of molasses.
Appearance: A clear copper-brown colored beer with a small, lasting beige head and sheeting (disappearing) lace.
Flavor: This one tastes pretty sweet, malty first, then dark fruity flavor, and later some spice. Fairly unbalanced.
Palate: It is medium-full bodied, somewhat sticky, and with a hint of heat (but at 10.5% the alcohol is well hidden).
This one has a pretty interesting and complex mix of malty and sweet flavors to it. I would have liked for the hops, which are hardly present, to be a little more prevalent, but somehow the unbalance works here. Somehow, the 10.5% is really well hidden, which could get dangerous quickly. A quality offering.