Shot (378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2016
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a fluffy head. Aromas are faint malt, fruit, grass, a bit of leather. Flavors are roasty malts, dark fruit, raisin, cocoa, toffee, molasses, grass and bready tones. With each sip, another flavor appears. Very well rounded. Very noticeable alcohol presence. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, but otherwise surprisingly light. Low carbonation. Wonderfully complex. Boozy, malty and fruity. This is a delicious ale.
ffbot (278) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 10, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pour is a still, almost but not quite clear red with light purple and orange hints to it. Smell is maple, vanilla, oak, citrus, maybe a slight pine or grass. Taste is rich complex vanilla, balancing off maple, rich full bodied malt and a long, vanilla finish
schmittaj (16) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfest, maybe one aged in oak (which isnít a bad idea).
oldrtybastrd (4886) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy medium reddish brown. Aromas of light fruit, hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a spicy taste.
weitz15 (529) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Heavy, heavy body. Cloudy pour. Flavor is a mix of smoked barley, mild vanilla, and a metallic unwelcome addition. Mildly carbonated finish.
drsordr (2084) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle pour hazy copper with moderate ecru head that fades to small quickly. Nose raisin, Belgian candy, fall fruit, and light earthiness. Taste starts with sweeter flavors, maple, candy sugar, and Belgian ester. Then hint of the juniper and some late bitterness and mild heat from the alcohol. Ends with the smoked peat. Whole lot going on in this one.
Dorkenstein (338) - - APR 4, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell is sweet syrup, candied oranges, caramel and smoked chips and peppery spices. Taste is pine resin, candied oranges, sweet syrup and caramel malts. Bubble gum Belgian yeast in the middle, then some forest berries and smoked peat in the finish.
altonbrownd (5163) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Chevy Chase Supermarket. Dark brown amber body with thin tan head. Nose is wheat, spicy, caramel and herbs. Taste is barley, caramel, toffee and spices. Spicy and prickly.
Koskela (490) - Marysville, California, USA - MAR 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight vanilla and I get the almost tart from the oak aromas in this orangy brown hazy brew with no head. I get a slight tartness quickly taken away by the sweetness of the vanilla and slight maple. This full body brew has a warming sensation in he aftertaste.
rdixon77 (2014) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big sweet maply barleywine. Lots of vanilla caramel and oak sweetness. Alcohol burn. Pretty good stuff, Big Bang of a beer.