TattooJack (114) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a bottle into a Martell glass from a gift set. Its like maple syrup covered pancakes mixed with french vanilla coffee, rolled up in the buzz of malt liquor. When i say itís good Iím saying itís real good! I paid like 4 bucks a bottle and after the first beer I threw away the receipt. And after all four bottles I threw away a bunch of my other personal belongings, but thatís what happens when you play the game. Live till you die MF everything will find a good home!
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a deep amber with a very thin head. A bit cloudy with a few floaters. Aroma and flavor were lots of malt: caramel, toffee, some molasses, some apricot, cherry, and other fruits, and a touch of smoke. I picked up some maple and a bit of wood. Not terribly boozy -- surprising given the ABV. It opened up a bit as a warmed, but it remained pretty tightly wound. Very few clearly identifiable flavors -- most of them blended together into a muddied uniformity. Normally Iíd call that "integrated" but I would have liked some more complexity. Probably letting it cellar would help.
WillRunForBeer (731) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Grill Next Door. Pours murky brown with no head. Aroma is riesling grape, vanilla, warm bread. Taste is balanced between sweet and bitter without a lot of individual flavors coming through. Some juniper in the finish. Abv is well hidden.
MaroonOrange (134) - - DEC 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear burgundy color with a bubbly beige head. Sweet aroma with oak and alcohol notes. Flavor if died fruit, smoke, oak, tobacco, and caramel. Alcohol is strong as is the carbonation.
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 2012. Pour is deep amber with a beige head. Aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, fruity esters, and light nutty oxidation. Flavor shows dark fruit, maple, vanilla, oak and burnt caramel. Overall body is moderate to full, sweet, and finishes with quite a bit of alcohol. Still needs quite a bit of time to sit in my opinion. Lots of flavor at the moment but very little integration.
ryecatcher (807) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (2013). Probably should let this sit for at least a year, but fuck it, Iím impatient and donít feel like waiting. Pours a nice, hazy amber, medium off-white head (almost an eggnog color) with exceptional retention and lacing. Nose has hints of malt, caramel, bread dough, dried fruit (apricots), vanilla. Mouth is sticky and full, medium sweet, malt-forward, toffee, honey, bread dough, dried fruit (pretty much the nose), a bit warm from the ABV (which shows up around the finish). Not bad, but Iím gonna cellar a few and drink íem in a year or two.
SamP01 (580) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 2012 aged one year. Pours a slight cloudy rich copper amber with a quickly fading razor thin head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, yeast, fruity some toasted vanilla oaked essence and dark fruit and mild maple notes, some smokey notes as well. Taste the same as aroma with a bit of earthy herbal hops bitterness and a bit of brandy like notes in the flavor. The palate is a full and rich and smooth with moderate carbonation and there is some bubble effervescence. Finish is the same as taste with some smoked flavors as it warms up with a lingering brandy like sweetness and mild bitterness on the end. Not as sweet as some other barley wines as this is labeled but very good. Overall a very good smooth and easy drinking and pleasant bw. Very nice, I feel immortal already. enjoy
JDBaker11058 (1322) - Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: amber, with some floaties and a tiny white head. Aroma: caramel, vanilla, maple syrup, raisins, cherries, a bit of smoke. Taste: massive malt bomb of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla pudding, figs, plums, chambord, brandy, and toast. Finish: slowly building warmth and lingering, cloying sweetness. Notes: A huge, sweet beer. The alcohol is reasonably well hidden given the strength, but definitely a one-dimensional beer. Bottled in 2011, opened in December 2013.
akoeninger (459) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Peat-smoke and rich caramel aroma deep mahogany color. Taste is rich toasted malt, bourbon, boozy. Full bodied and tasty. Very strong
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Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, light mahogany with a thin beige head. Decent carbonation. Huge aromas of honey, maple syrup, caramel, fig, dates, rum soaked raisins. The taste is very malty and sweet, much like the nose. Slight bitterness in the middle of the mouth. I donít taste much alcohol, but there is a slight warming. Overall, this is a nice interpretation of a English style Barleywine. Its just a big malt bomb with big dark fruit and maple, honey sweetness.