kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Totally superb. Barrel characteristics stand out a little more to me in the aroma than in the taste. Slightly thin mouth feel for such a big beer, but otherwise amazing. Deschutes knocked this one out of the park.
egajdzis (5860) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, wood, wine, and booze. Taste of dried fruits, caramel, nuts, toast, vanilla, wood, sherry, and light alcohol in the finish.
bigda83 (728) - Jamestown, New York, USA - APR 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Pours a deep amber color, clear, small whitish bubbly head. Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, wood, spirits. Flavor was super smooth spirit notes, wood, caramel, touch of vanilla, sweet malts. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, smooth to finish. Easy drinking for such a big beer.
Dfonorow (1992) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at RBB. Pour is hazy brown/red with a medium tan head which leaves nice lacing. Notes of mild bitter hops, sweet plums, candi sugar, and dough. Finish has a bit more booze and brown sugar.
SG111 (980) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Chimera brewing, Fort Worth. Pours deep murky brown, off white head. Aroma is lots of caramel, fig, toffee, booze, dark fruit, plum, burnt sugar. Just a light spit of citrus. Delicious Aroma. I love it. Flavor is big robust malty notes, mild citrus, fig, toffee, caramel. Just all around good. Mild hop bitterness to stop it from being unpleasant. Phenomenal.
sebastokrator (14) - - FEB 27, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drinking a 2014 bottle. Pours a nice cloudy brown. Smells sweet and of dried fruit. Tastes plum, raisin, caramel, and fig. It drinks lightly carbonated and silky smooth. Quite good.
fordest (2344) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best of the night. 22 oz bottle shared during a poker/beer tasting party. lots of dark dried fruit and yummy delicious malts.
WABeerFiend (375) - - FEB 19, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 edition enjoyed on 01.18.16. A: Lots of orange marmalade and red fruit. Strawberry and grape are there too. A: 1 1/2 finger head that fades to a ring and swirls of foam. Tawny brown nearly opaque body. T: Follows the nose. Orange marmalade, strawberry, raspberry, red grape, oak, and a little raisin and caramel all mix together very well. P: Slightly oily balanced by an astringent finish. Smooth and easy. O: The flavors from Mirror Pond are all there and seamlessly blend with flavors from the wine barrels. It leans to the sweet side, but it’s nowhere near cloying.
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! 2009 bottle. Amber. Malt, caramel, stale hops, fruitiness.
tom10101 (4789) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (22 oz) shared by mathieuc at tasting, thanks! 2014 vintage. Hazy reddish with a small off-white head leaving little lacing. Aroma is super sweet and boozy with caramel/brown sugar and loads of fruitiness. Taste is also sweet, boozy and fruity with caramel and mild spiciness. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet lingering finish with alcohol warmth. Average BA Barley Wine at best. Sweet, boozy and cloying. Not super complex. Really nothing to get excited about.
Minderbinder (3145) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy dark copper with low beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of malt, sugar, vegetal stuff, alcohol. Taste is of malt, sugar, bitterness, alcohol, some oxydation. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Good, sweet. Complex.