574deadzone (1156) - 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 isnít meant to be drank fresh, and at 15% ABV, I guess I should have known that. But Iím not the one who made a beer with prominent aromatics of nail polish remover and butter, so Iím not taking the fall for this one.
TheBear11D (360) - 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 (520) - 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 (1655) - 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. Wouldnít pay the $5 or $6 again for a bottle again though.
kkleu357 (462) - 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 (97) - 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 (151) - 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 Iím excited to see what happens to it.
malkyore (267) - - DEC 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beer so strong it burns my chapped winter lips..... Itís really strong... Fruity and delicious... Pretty awesome. Another great one in a Long line of delicious beers that Iíve had from them...
AndyW68 (1194) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange or copper pour with minimal head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit. Taste is the same. Not overwhelming. Pleasant.
hman43 (490) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a hazy caramel color with a tinge of orange with a vibrant off white head. It has the smell of caramel, figs, dried fruits, that is all sweet. The sweet fruit taste is prominent at first with a surprisingly fair amount of carbonation. It has quite an alcohol punch with a warming trend on the way down.