jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Bomber w/ Simon. Shockingly non-existent nose. Where did it go? Flavor plays between candi sugar, plum, caramel, sweet malts, hops, booze. Not much oak. A bit raw. Not really all that great ... time will help, but it’ll never be worth the price tag. Bummer!
stoutnick (715) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle. Ruby brown pour. Aroma is tangy caramel, mild oak. Taste is burnt caramel, mild vinous quality, mild bitterness. Ouch thin and watery. Didn’t totally come together for me much like The Abyss.
jkwood04 (4649) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler at the Portland brewpub. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee malts, some bitterness, light candy sweetness, and some dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average to smoother texture. A solid barley wine.
944play (371) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014; 22oz in balloon. Muddy appearance with little fine foam. Dried apricots and banana chips in the prodigious nose. Plummy sweetness succumbs to waves of taut bitterness, achieving a satisfying harmony. Scant dustiness in the finish contributes to the impression of dryness despite the fruit flavors.
kevinator (1322) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of malts, sweetness, oak and molasses. Dark caramel color that appears thick. Minimal head. Great fluid and smooth palate with a slight bite at the end. Malty sweet flavors with an oaky sweetness and a slight fruit tartness. Some hop bitterness is present. Very well blended.
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - JUN 4, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice to have rated this as the 667 rating....get it off the devil, big toffe malts in aroma some maple wood character with some northwest style hops. Flavor equally as malty with slight maple syrup and maple wood notes. Finishes without any sweetness just malty and slight earthy hop finish.
Muggus69 (1498) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 Reserve - wax sealed 650mL bottle
Pours a murky bronze body, holding a thick beige ring of foam.
Nose is intense, lots of aged character - cooked citrus, dried fruits, nutmeg spiciness, Madeira, subtle nutty almost Rancio-like character.
Thick bodied, smooth, low carbonation, long warming finish.
Rich, quite complex - sultana & dried fig, treacle & Madeira, lots of earthy spice & stewed fruits. Long finish, reasonably high bitterness.
Serious beer indeed, does seem a touch oxidised.
johnnymusky (537) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2015 2014 vintage...I like this...tons of plums and toffee...crazy variety of flavors..even better as it warms....very enjoyable...(#491)
blackflag321 (565) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bomber, poured to tulip snifter. Murky, light brown/copper with a thick creamy head that faded quickly. Complex taste: oak, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, port, and more. . . and they work nicely together on the palate. Smooth with no hint of an 11 ABV. A great beer!
tapthis (167) - Baytown, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice carbonation and lacing. Tastes of dark, heavy fruits. Color like a roasted amber.
markextrae (2032) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle sample, shared by a kind folk at LIBF, poured a dark slight cloudy looking amber colour with a small tanned head, notes of sweet caramel malts, sweet plums, oak, burned caramel, raisins, eart, some dark fruits as cherries, sticky resinous notes. some dried orange aswell. vanilla, butterscotch, full bodied and sticky mouthfeel. to bad there isn’t a lot barrel notice. but still this is very nice