Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle
I canít remember who sent me this but I believe it was a 2011 bottle. If so it has held up exceptionally well. Straddling that line between old ale, barleywine, and American strong ale it packs a whallop that can sneak up on you.
Aroma / Appearance - A dense rusty brownish / black base pours heavily. Idle legs crawl down the sides. Black coffee, anise and malts shine but the main star is the smell of frozen chocolate pudding popsicles. All of it hangs in the air like a dense fog of alcoholic goodness.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, coffee, and ripe plums warm the tongue. Figs and dark fruits carry the wave of flavors towards an eager palate. This isnít as heavy and cloying as I thought it might be. Just thinking about it makes me wish I had a glass in front of me right now.
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Phatdog1, thanks Craig. 2013 vintage. Dirty brown color with very little head. Aroma all notes of dark fruit. Dates, raisins, plums and figs.
Flavors is a blast of sugar and dark fruits. Raisins, dates and figs soaked in caramel and molasses. Cloying sweet. I think I need to go to the hospital to check my insulin levels. Just a sugar bomb! Maybe it would help with cellaring for a longer amount of time, not sure. Hard to drink.
AdamJackson (2344) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
MMM a barleywine in May! woohooo. Dark mahogany caramel appearance. Smells like copper pennies and depression. Sort of like walking into a hot topic in your 30s and wondering where you went wrong?
Taste is pretty redeeming. still a lot of metallic, rice crispy treats and cookie crisps. a touch of port barrel. oily and thick.
rxeight (1190) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks Sean. This one was a surprise. Lots of toffee and sweetness. Really good stuff
GreatDane1632 (297) - Louisiana, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rating from notes, drank 18 Dec 2011 -- poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Probably the best Winter Warmer I have ever had. I need to make this an annual tradition.
chinchill (1610) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
~25ml portion of a 2013/14 bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours a murky dark brown, leaving hardly a trace of sediment in the bottle.
Aroma: sweet and roasted grains, alcohol esters, cooked peaches and other fruits.
Flavor: sweet, bordering on too sweet, with plenty of soft and dark fruits, some alcohol esters, dark bread, and hints of toffee, chocolate and brown sugar.
O: Distinct, complex and interesting. ABV partly hidden.
NeoHippie2 (907) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown pour with an off-white head. The nose on this one is amazing, notes of fig, molasses, brandy, and some citrus character. Flavor is big malt background with lots of dark fruits. Slightly warming finish from the abv but hey itís called Winter Warmer thatís to be expected. Very good!
Shinskyweiser (27) - - MAR 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a light brown. Off white head holds strong. Aroma of French toast, crackers and peach. Taste like a cherry tootsie pop with a carmel/molasses finish. Finishes slightly sweet.
Weezel (163) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011/2012 Bottle. Aromas of figs, dark fruit, sweet malt and picking up some faint olives. (Weird) The taste is all there. A quick zing up front and then a barrage of malts and sweet fruit. There is a depth in this aged version that the new does not have. Long and sweet I could sip on this all night. Definitely better with age.
tmoreau (2288) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters displaying a deep mahogany color, with a modest layer of light tan head foam, and spotty lacing. The aroma was dark fruit as plum & prune, light spice, caramel, and brown sugar sweetness. Full bodied, with a syrupy texture, low hop bitterness, and alcohol that was nicely represented, but didnít show a lot of warmth, imo. The liquid version of a tasty plum pudding!
thegreenrooster (3157) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark red with a large tan head. Aroma is sweet molasses with brown sugar, spice and something like a tootsie roll. Flavor is a big caramel and molasses with loads of sugar. Finish is more sweetness, toffee and a candy apple. I donít know if spices were used in this but it does have a cinnamon and nutmeg aspect. This was well done but way sweet. That sweetness is left on the tongue. My teeth hurt after this.