blipp (7775) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours red brown with a beige head. Sweet aroma of fleshy fruity, caramel, hops, and a hint of booze. The flavor has sweet malts, caramel, and lingering floral hops. Pretty good.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to carythedude. Marked 9.8%. Pours with an off-white, khaki head with a hazed maple colored body. Good lace. Aroma of dark fruits, alcohol, dried cherries, brandy, plums, maple, light menthol, cranberries, and flan. Taste is alcohol, bitter, flan, toffee, currants and dark fruits. Very warming with a water like mouthfeel and light bubbles.
ilovedarkbeer (2676) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Pours a dark layered color that goes from dark brown to light amber. Nose is sour cherries, dried cranberries, and caramel. Taste is sweet brown sugar, caramelized sugar, little bit of citrus and even some chocolate toffee. Medium mouthfeel and carbonated bitter finish.
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark red-brown with beige head. Raisin, plum, alcohol. Nice but a bit too strong really. On the other hand a winter warmer should be quite strong. Some hop in aftertaste.
BigBeer45 (1389) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2010 This has a clear ruby pour with darker hues, I see tiny particles slowy shifting around after the pour, looks viscous in the glass, has off-white and light tan bubbled small head and leaves some sticky lacings on the glass, aroma of light and dark fruits (plum, raisin) and caramel, there is some brandy-bourbon alcohol and wine like fragrances on the nose, (this ale is not labeled as a Bourbon aged product), faint hop and chocolate fragrances, candy sweetness mixed in with all of the nose pleasanties, flavor of sweet dark fruits, some hop bitterness, faint roasted malt, alcohol warmth is present (a bit more than I prefer), mouth feel is thick with some stickiness to it, I can see this being a nice warming drink in the Winter but there is a bit too much alcohol, I would have given this a better flavor rating otherwise, an ok Barley Wine.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours a hazy caramel with a finger of tan head. Aroma is raisins, caramel, and a touch of dark fruits. The flavor is quite different, though. There are loads of spices in this one. Lots of nutmeg, allspice, and a touch of cinnamon. There is some chalky caramel malt in there as well, and the mouthfeel is really chalky and dry.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown, with a healthy if quickly dissipating bone-white head.
Nose is prickly malt - dark, toasty bordering on roasty with a solid presence of cool hops that really feel like glacier to me. To be honest, I have a huge soft spot for what I tasted as glacier hops, which is why I was totally drawn in by this. Delicious.
Taste backs it up. Malt body is dark, integrated into the cool, minty, prickly hop note. A bit toasty with hints of roasty caramel sweetness, bit of cocoa, but all completely intertwined with the minty, cool, prickly hops. Like a billion microscopic, super-cooled needles covered in a toasty caramel imbedding themselves into your tongue. Interesting, and in my eyes, delicious. I could drink this a lot if fresh. Yum.
Fluffy carbonation that sits just on the border of fizzy, and really does a nice job of complementing the hops note. Nicely put together beer.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 11.5 oz) Dark amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is light with hints of malts, chocolate, and banana. Flavor is sweet and medicinal with a ton of alcohol, candied sugar, some fruits, and a bitter flavor that lingers on the palate. Way too boozy.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is like a frozen chocolate covered banana. Flavor is lightly sweet and boozy with candied fruits on the entry and a hefty charcoal bitterness to the finish.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy beernbourbon. Dark amber. Off white head. Rich, malty, and boozy with notes of burnt caramel and toffee, good-n-plenty, cocoa, herbals, and a touch of drying bitterness on the end. Alcohol aids in drying the end to keep it from being too sweet. Full/medium body, smooth. Nice after dinner drink, dig the good-n-plenty and herbal hop combo.