koleminer20 (979) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. The pour is a dark brown with a tiny ring of off white head. This pours like syrup. There is no carbonation to be found at all. The aroma is great. There is a ton of dark fruits and brown sugar. The malts really take over about half way through, and the sugar really sweetens the back end. The flavor is also really heavy on the dark fruits. The brown sugar and roasted malts are awesome. The mouth feel is thick, sticky. There isn’t the carbonation to help this out, which would’ve been amazing. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet with dark fruits. Really good, so I can’t imagine what the carbonation tasted like!
fletchfighters (1234) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 ML bottle blue wax
Dark brown color, light tan head. Good visible carbonation for the ABV level. Head fell to a thick collar through drinking.
Nose is pick a sugar, any sugar and it smelled like it was in that. Brown sugar, demerara, palm, beet, the list could go on. Not over the top. Lots of jam like fruit. Warming nose from the ABV.
Taste is very sweet, lots of jam, strawberry, plumb, Raspberry, licorice, and candied sugar.
Big bodied, very sticky but dry finishing, alcohol is there but muted with age. Low carbonation and complex overall as the sugars stand out well but do not overwhelm the beer
nimbleprop (5790) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 370/888 of batch 3406. Pours a very murky, deep mahogany brown with a ring of off white head. I let this warm before pouring the the nose was wide open once I finally did; candy sugar, brown sugar, a little burnt caramel, perhaps even some beet sugar, a bit of roasted beet in fact, some sherry, raisin, dates, maybe a little ketchup, some booze but not bad, brandy, licorice - both red and black. Flavor follows right along, candy sugar, caramel, brown sugar, hints of char, like the candy sugar hit the kettle and burnt, brandy, some marizpan, more of that roasted beet character, some bubblegum, a little clove, some rum, a little ouzo, a little umami . Finishes sticky, a little bit sweet but fairly smooth with a lingering dry smokiness on the tongue. Lots of complexity.
slowrunner77 (6923) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Dark brown, murky. Low carbonation. Sweet leaning strong ale/barleywine. Toffee, caramel and dark fruits. Hops are overshadowed, but present. A drinkable brew for one so strong. A good sipper. "
Pailhead (5558) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Tim
Bottle: The aroma consists of candied fruit, toffee, caramel, maple syrup, chocolate, and touch of raisin. It pours dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a very fine beige ring for a head. The flavor starts with a a quick dose of toffee, caramel, and faint chocolate. The finish has moderate raisin, dark fruits, apple, and faint maple syrup. It’s medium-full bodied with minimal carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One year old bottle shared by Dave. What a great aroma! Dark molasses, a little teriyaki soy, and sweet black cherry. Pours thick viscous deep brown with no head and a little film. Taste follows the nose with a sweet sticky cherry molasses, licorice, and chocolate. Rich and delicious and world class. Obviously a little hot but the extreme taste balances out.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2013 Tap: deep, murky brown (almost black) body, completely muddled & fully opaque with a slowly rising, tan head that foams up for a good amount of time. Tiny bubbled with great retention. Aroma is huge, robust, powerful... Malty heaven with sticky sweet caramel, warm booze, dark figs, prunes, juicy raisins, bitter molasses, & some finishing brown sugar notes. Smells sweet as hell. Taste is very sweet as well; molasses, burnt brown sugar, syrup, prunes, light cocoa nibs & cocoa dust. Vanilla & brown sugar flavors grow with time, creating an almost creme brulee-like aftertaste. Mouth coating, thick, warm & somewhat boozy finish. Very tasty beer, must be enjoyed in small doses to avoid cavities.
Ataraxia (413) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque dark brown, almost black, with thin mocha lacing. Moderately boozy aroma filled with raisins, figs, caramel, plums, and hints of soy sauce. Muted bittersweet taste. Viscous, smooth, and creamy but the carbonation is a bit too lively for this style. Full-bodied and pleasantly boozy despite the high alcohol percentage.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with dark fermented fruits, caramel and a hint of something earthy. Very awesome.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Dark Horse 4 Elf Party, December 2012. Murky, inky dark brown body, thin, tight ochre head. Sweet nose; incredibly sweet, cloying body with molasses, soy, and honey, also some bitter citrusy hops. Lots of sugar, lots of alcohol, with alcohol heat in the finish but overall subdued by soft, flabby sweetness.