Underdogs88 (204) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, alcohol sweetness on the aroma with notes of fig and fruity esters. Appearance is a cloudy copper with a small head with poor retention. Flavor is malt forward with notes of sweet and dark caramel. Dates and figs are present in the taste. Hop bitterness is moderate. Enough to prevent the beer from being too sweet. Alcohol is definitely present in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium full with medium light carbonation. Overall, I would prefer more complexity in the malt aroma and flavor.
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Maverick34 (2429) - New York, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2014 Reddish murky amber. Small thin white head. Figs and plums and cedar and caramel and apricot. Dates fruits booze wood nd burn.
ChrisSc (320) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Park Rapids, MN.
Pours golden orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma is fig, strong alcohol, malty. Body in full. rich texture. There is a little burn in the finish. Overall this is pretty nice. Alcohol is very present, but it is a 15% beer. aroma and texture are great.
574deadzone (1122) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2014
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
An exercise in not getting excited. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with barely a touch of off-white head at first. On the second pour I did get about a finger-width of fluffy foam. A fair soapy lace hangs on as the head descends. Nose is a train-wreck of nail polish remover and butter (which caused me to shudder repeatedly), along with notes of apricot and brown sugar. Extremely sweet, and pretty bitter as well. Thick body yet kind of light somehow, fairly active but syrupy, finishing with some tartness and bitterness. Very disappointing. Clearly, this isn’t meant to be drank fresh, and at 15% ABV, I guess I should have known that. But I’m not the one who made a beer with prominent aromatics of nail polish remover and butter, so I’m not taking the fall for this one.
TheBear11D (350) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Olde School pours a cloudy deep orange with a decent one finger light tan brown head that lasts a solid 30 seconds. The aroma definitely features alcohol, but it also has floral and molasses. The flavor is floral, caramel and the alcohol is noticeable, but not as prominent as the nose would lead you to believe. Overall this is a very nice brew.
akoeninger (514) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Tipsy Cow in Madison. Hazy orange with thin head. Aroma of oak, booze, dark fruit. Amazing taste, I mean wow. Caramel, fig, molasses, bourbon, oak, some floral hops, candied sugar. Sweet, bourbon, oak finish. Slightly warming. This was impressive
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BMMillsy (1599) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Tipples. Pours orange with a small off white head. Aroma of booze, sweet caramel, figs, fruits. Big and sweet. Flavor is also huge sweetness, fruit flavors, honey and caramel, booze, and a little more booze. Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, hot on the throat. This was decent enough I guess. Wouldn’t pay the $5 or $6 again for a bottle again though.
kkleu357 (427) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light reddish orange body. Medium fast dissipating head. Has that dogfish head smell. Fruity fig aroma. Very fruity tasting for a barleywine.
FriendOfBeer (95) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky Amber appearance. Strong carbonation, notes of figs and apricots. Long bitter finish. Very boozy.
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Krej (139) - USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very strong beer. You almost have to chew it. Very malty and delicious, but also very strong. Not much hops to it. I did drink it very fresh though and have a couple bottles to age, so I’m excited to see what happens to it.