michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Got in trade from biggsbowler; THANKS Randall. Sweet, complex aroma of malt, vanilla, Bourbon, oak, slight maple sugar, brown sugar, candi-sugar, toffee, and a hint of nuts. Poured brown in color with a small, fizzy, tan/beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, candi-sugar, light bittering hops, burnt caramel, slight marzipan, and some nuts. Medium body. Creamy, then lightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter, malt, hop, toasted caramel, burnt caramel, finish is slightly dry. 13%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
dchmela (2559) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Lee for the bottle. Muddy brown pour with little to no head. Thick malty taste with lots of toffee, caramel, cherry and other dark fruits popping up at times. Aroma has lots of the dark fruits and caramel. Real tasty sipper.
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Huny day. Dark reddish/brown pour with an off white head. Aromas of brown sugar and sweet fruits. It’s very sweet with lots of caramel, dark fruits, molasses, fig, and toffee. Well balanced with good body and carbonation.
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/13/12. On tap at the brewery. Dark amber/red pour with a small khaki head that fades and laces a bit. Sweet fruits, a bit of roast, and a definite alcohol presence. Sweet flavor, plenty of malt with a bit of caramel, lots of dark fruits, and a touch of roast. Not bad!
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish pour, off white head. Up front nose of brown sugar, yeast, caramel malt and some alcohol. Flavor is sweet and powerful, a bit too much alcohol in the finish...might mellow out though.
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
sample at Brewvival on 2/25/12. murky brown pour with an off white head. sweet malt nose with caramel notes. med body with apple, light fruits and caramel. sweet finish with more crystal malt and light fruits.
mixmasterob (879) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ Brewvival. Hazy deep golden pour with a tight white head. Aroma was big time malt, deep notes of caramel, some spicy noble hops, touch of booze. Flavors were sweet yet incredibly balanced and oh so smooth. This was about as classic as it gets. Hardy’s anyone?
kabsetter (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wife and I had this 2x at the brewery. Each time the only words were "OMG and WOW!" This is so well balanced, creamy and smooth, the flavor and aroma of caramel, dark fruits yet not to sweet. The Best brew we had up to this point. took 2 bottles to go to stash for a special occasion. AWESOME BEER!!!
tkrjukoff (3896) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
CCB Tap Room. Pours cloudy mahogany with a small rim of tanned head. Aroma is malty phenolic raisins port a bit toasted and fruity. Flavor is rich velvety malty fruity phenolic sweet bitter raisins and fidges. Finshes sweet fruity bitter.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft… This beer rocks!… Dark brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is a swirl of brown sugar, cotton candy, caramel and date with a hint of molasses. Full-bodied and chewy with tickling carbonation. The mostly sweet (but not at all cloying) flavor mirrors the aroma with many of its features - candied date, caramel, fig and brown sugar with a hint of molasses. Lots of toffee and caramel in the finish; capped off by a speck of balancing bitterness and even a touch of dryness. Well-constructed, complex English-style barleywine!