OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz served in a snifter
A - Pours a dark brandy color with a small khaki head.
S - Roasted/charred barley, toffee, caramelized brown sugar, dried fruit, cherries, plums, over ripe apples, fruity ethanol, old wood, vanilla. Of course the longer it sits the better it gets.
T - Rich roasted barley, charred caramel/toffee, sweet vanilla and fruit, apples, plums, the bitterness doesnít hit until mid palate but comes on strong in the form of roast bitterness and grows stronger through the finish.
M - Smooth body, low creamy carbonation,
Very deep and robust nose. Agressive barley flavors with a sweet and fruity background. The hops come on strong on the finish balancing out the rich sweetness.
Serving type: bottle
RexTalionis (1980) - FINLAND - JUL 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 2012 version with 10,2 %. Pours unclear ruby in color with a small head. Sweet brown sugary, some dark syrup and fresh leaves in aroma. Soft mouthfeel. Sweet in taste with some hard fudge, light vinous notes and dark syrup flavor. Thereís some bitter notes lying underneath though. Sweet honey bready with a light bitter twist in the end.
AleRider78 (28) - - JUL 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Ok. This was pretty in your face upon first smelling/tasting. Very strong. Hardly any head. Getting a lot of cinnamon from the smell. pretty bitter tasting, but not in a bad way. Some carbonation and no lacing. Almost canít see through glass. Very thick looking, but smooth enough to drink relatively easy. But probably no more than the 4 pack it is sold as. :) Very good for what it is!"
adamjackson (1733) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt Oak Orange pour, thick lasting head. Nose is sweet with oranges, pecans, booziness and bitter rum nose. Taste is very thick, boozy and lasting. Itís a sticky semi-sweet caramel and toffee taste that is solid and wouldb egreat to see this in a barrel.
Alphadelic (1728) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have what I believe is a 2010 bottle, clocking in at 9.8%. A very murky brown. On the nose it is fruit laden with deep caramel maltiness. In the mouth it is heavy again, with a thick, oily texture. It has a decent bitterness, strong brown liquor booziness and plenty of fig/date fruit with some sugariness too.
mike5326 (461) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a chilled bottle into a glass. Reddish brown color with no head. Smells of hops and malt. Nice smooth taste with a slight bitter finish.
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, Andersons, $5.49(!). Pours raisin-colored with a very light tan head that at first appears as if itís going to fizzle out but ends up becoming full and creamy with serious staying power. Aroma prune or raisin, burned caramel, booze, alcohol, dust, compost. Flavor is dark, super sweet, earthy, wood, maybe a hint of tobacco. Finish is overly sharp bitter; based on the commercial timeline this beer has been aged for a year as I drink this, and itís not long enough. Medium-thick body is frothy in the mouth; heavily carbonated, quite sticky. I want to love this but the bitter kills it for me; otherwise this would be really great.
Hopswagger (84) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
P: Murky nut brown ale with a rippled wake and minimal lacing.
S: Fruity syrup laced barley, molasses, fruit cake, natural fruit roll ups, cinnamon, brown sugar, earthy hops and booze. Moldy dank esters once warmed.
T/M: Cherry NyQuil upfront with smoldered barley, caramel and orange oil. Spicy booze, wood and herbs cut through the sugary malts. Syrupy feel in a fully carbonated body and finishes with a juice dose of hops that arenít overly bitter.
O: Super sweet and easy drink barley wine. Itís decent but really comes off as lack luster. No real problems but its just not great.
Beergeek23322 (1671) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
February 2012. Bottle. Malt, bread and hoppy aromas. Color is dark brown with a tan head. Flavors of brown sugar, hops, roasted malt and raisins with a semi-sweet finish.
erickok (2807) - Tours, FRANCE - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing brown body, fairly clear and with light kaki head. Moderately hopped, bready malts, humous, nutty and overall nice me not as expressive as Iíd hoped. Smooth body, appropriately low carbonation. Starts malty bit actually fairly bitter towards the end. Overall I hoped for more. Hides the alcohol well though. (12oz bottle from BiŤre Cultes)