arminjewell (7817) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of lots of dark fruit, hints of oak, red fruits, slight grass, hints of bitter notes, hints of molasses. Taste is a mix of red fruits, hints of sherry, caramel, chocolate, more raisin, hints of toffee, lots of burnt caramel. Finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.
Errl (1890) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle..Pour is dark with a thin dark head..Nose is nice dark fruit, caramel, sherry, spices, dark cherries..Taste is chocolate covered cherries, spice, sherry, dark caramel, hot, figs
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle number 1393/1400. The color of blood when you stab a ninja in the liver with an off white head. Caramel malt and huge red wine aromas. Delicious. Huge red wine, followed by rich caramel malts, and finishes with a wonderful port like quality. Undercurrents of wood and vanilla. Great mouthfeel and body. This version was waxed and numbered. I have a feeling it was barrel aged.
jredmond (5882) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Clockwork’s 4K/5K/10K gathering 2013. Bottle pours a deep brow body with thin lacing. Aroma is brownie, booze, caramel and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium with light booze, bourbon, caramel, molasses and chocolate.
mcberko (8255) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours a deep dark amber / mahogany with a small beige head. Strong nose brings out raisins, caramel and sherry upfront, with secondary notes of chocolate, cherry and booze. Flavour is rich and round, very malt-heavy, with loads of caramel, dark fruit (raisins and plum), some sherry-like liqueur, and just the perfect amount of sweetness. Now this is complex - so many layers of flavour, with a big, sticky, rich mouthfeel. The 15% alcohol is exceptionally well-worked in, with no burn or heat, just a warming effect. Barley wines usually fail to impress me much these days, but this is certainly an exceptional. Absolutely wonderful stuff.
rondphoto (2600) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opaque brown-black with thin bubbles that are gone immediately, no lace. Very still, no carbonation. The taste (and aroma) are neither an ould ale or a barleywine - mostly the taste is prunes and malt with a strong infusion of alcohol at the finish. Perhaps cellaring would improve the tasting experience. Presently, not very palatable.
Strykzone (5325) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled at esbls. Lots going on in the aroma. Chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Ok, this is just weird. It needs a lot of time to age. It has no carbonation and tastes like jelly. Just odd.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5215) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 12 oz green bottle this beer poured almost black with a trace very dark brown head that left no lacing. The aroma was chocolate, malted milk, vanilla, sour fruits, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and sweatsocks. The flavor was cola, cherry, vanilla, soy sauce, a short tart spike in the middle followed by lingering coco, cherry, soy sauce and vanilla. Moderately full bodied. Very nice and wonderfully rich and complex.
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick syrupy brown with almost no head. Aroma of burnt toffee, raisins, caramel malt, sweet booze. Taste is dark fruit syrup, burnt sugar, molasses, prunes, brown sugar and boozy oak. Hides the alcohol pretty well but it’s also pretty sweet. Not bad.
Cbuk1013 (246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I wish they’d make this again! Pours dark amber and cloudy, sherry notes and complex full flavored yet smooth. Medium hoppy, well masked alcohol.