craftycarl21 (2025) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to GT2 for this one. Black pour with a small tan head. Nose and flavor are both a strange combination of barrel, vanilla, spice, and some weird acidic notes. Palate is oily but a bit thin. I don’t mind it, but it’s not great.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
black pour, cardboard colored thin head, late bubbled ring lasting. Light oat, stinging sugar, bit of rounded malt from the stout base. Flavor is sweeter, particularly rum, more barrel and definite raisin sugar through the finish, light cake-malt emerging. Small bit of interplay but just surface, too little malt, bland in fact and the sugar in the finish is distracting, bit off milky finish.
Drake (6491) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, earthy notes and raisin. The taste is roasted malts, nutty notes, caramel, spice and bitter hops. Medium bodied. Nice.
oteyj (2114) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Uber thick rich black pour with a thin tan head. Raisin, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, lactic sugars, and caramel give way to a medium to full body, a sweet finish, and low carbonation throughout.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an oily opaque with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a sweet dark caramel and raisin nose with a touch of warming alcohol. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel maltiness with some dark fruity complexity before a drier sticky warming finish. Pretty good complexity but could use some time to age.
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very sweet nose, lots of dark fruit, some chocolate and molasses, some lasting alcohol notes. Taste is very sweet, some raisins, some chocolate, but everything else is completely destroyed by the massive ash, tar and ink, as well as thin, burnt coffee. Texture is like chewing on a piece of chalk. Lasting stringent finish.
GT2 (5659) - Riverslime, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL. The pour is an ultra deep ink pour- ultra deep motor oil color. Superlative SRM with a small, reddish head. Not much retention and spotty lace. Nose is cinnamon raisin cookies, spices, ginger, briny olive. Some Kalamata olive. Taste is fairly tart and acidic. Citrus and lemony tart. Cardboard and chalk in finish. Very salty and moderately bland. Eh.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy roast and chocolate malt, leather yeast, licorice, prune, raisin, and dates with light earthy and minty hops. Flavor is roast malt, raisin and prunes, leather notes with plum, light roasted bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
kbutler1 (1259) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown murky color with a tan collared head. Roasty, dark fruits like raisin, and leather in the nose. Sweet upfront with notes of dark fruit, tobacco, leather, with a slight bitterness in the end. Some dark chocolate notes as well but minimal compared to everything else. Some booze notes.
finol (1686) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at SBWF 2011.
Barley wine like, sweet, raisins and vinous. To diverse tastes.