Silphium (3192) - 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.
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 oz pour from June tasting at Doug’s. Aromas are dark fruit, raspberry syrup, caramel, booze, cola, burnt sugar, and toffee. Taste is syrupy sweet. Very fruity and candy-like. The aromas blend together pretty well and it’s surprising smooth for such a huge abv. A bit too syrupy sweet but really like the flavors.
mcberko (14663) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is intense, full of dark fruits, caramel, booze and candied sugar. Flavour is insanely rich and sweet, full of dark fruits, heaps of caramel, and cloying sweetness. It’s not that boozy considering it’s 17.5%, yet the sweetness is overbearingly cloying. Way too sweet for me. The flavours are nice, but it’s a bit too harsh. Syrupy, viscous palate that brings out the sweetness even more. Incredibly hard to drink - couldn’t finish the bottle.
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by Sarro and crew who very graciously hosted us during the Hill Farmstead 3rd anniversary snowstorm. Flat black/brown pour. Aroma of coke, lots of cocoa, plums, alcohol, dark fruits, raisins, lots of alcohol. Taste is chocolatey, very fruity, boozy but not excessively so, I usually don’t much enjoy these 15%+ beers but this one was alright, enough stuff going on here to keep me interested. Palate is heavy, carbonation is low. Quite port like.
ineedbeer (1857) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Batch Aroma is very rich and decadent with lots of dark toffee and very dark caramel. Moderate chocolate and roast note. Light smoked meat aroma with moderately strong dark fruit notes. Fruit includes dark cherry, plum, and prune. Not sure how I feel about the dark fruit and smoked meat mix. Pours dark brown with some light brown and ruby highlights on the edges. Only a very faint tan head that quickly recedes. Flavor is similar to the aroma. Very sweet upfront with some roast, not sure how I feel about the blend. The sweetness is dark caramel and toffee. Light astringency with moderate bitterness. Sweet dark fruit notes of plum, black cherry, prune and light raisin. Finish has a fruity chocolate character to it. Slight vinous quality. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Medium low astringency with moderate alcohol warmth. A bit sticky sweet. Overall an alright beer, but I’m not sure how I feel about the way the the fruit esters mix with the roast. The roast really does have more of a smoked meat character than a straight smoke and roast character. Gets a bit better as it warms. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Marheb (5019) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Détient une certaine richesse qui me rappelle la dark lord, trop sucré.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at brewery Pre-release summer 12'. One of the biggest beers I've tried. Massive sweetness, dried fruits, toffee and caramel. Would love to try the BB version because this one almost has those qualities already.
crossovert (11423) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour for a barleywine. Fruity, rootbeerish smell. Flavor is a mish-mahs f sugar, certainly not the depth of malt flavors of a typical barleywine, tastes like biting into a date, kind of flat.
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz blue waxed bottle into a Founders 15th Anniversary glass. Bottle #275 of 888, Batch #3406. I can’t thank Steimie enough for this beer!
A - Pours a near black body. Holding it up to the light shows some ruby edging but this is one dark ass barleywine. No real head to speak of, just some thick khaki edging with large bubbles. A swirl coats the glass in a long lasting alcohol lace with bits of foam. This falls down the sides ever so slowly. For a normal barleywine this looks great, but for one that is somewhere around 17%....well, color me impressed.
S - Starts off with sweet raisins and burnt caramel, then comes a huge wave of savory something. Its not quite at the level of soy sauce, but its certainly savory. Leather, bitter dark chocolate, and candied peaches. Booze, booze, and more booze. The smell is overwhelming, confusing, and exciting.
T - Raisins, caramel, molasses, chocolate, leather and maple syrup. Very syrupy and rich with just a touch of savory on the end. This is like drinking bourbon soaked raisinets. Finishes with some mild alcohol warmth, kind of like what you’d find in a well put together barrel aged beer. 17%? This is just lost upon me. Very sweet, but never "too much" or "cloying". Just the perfect level of decadent richness. The taste is just....perfection really.
M - Thick and syrupy with a bit of spritz. It is on low end of carbonation. Despite this, I find myself drinking this far too quickly.
O - This is what I wish Raison D’extra was like. Its syrupy, sweet, and rich beyond belief....but its just so damn tasty. I really enjoy high abv, highly attenuated, overly sweet booze bomb. This beer nails every bit of that to a T. The barleywine equivalent of Black Tuesday.
mikem409 (1986) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks dan. pours brown with soft tan head. big sugar and dill aroma. taste is super sweet lots of burnt sugar. slight metalic. alcohol is hidden well