hman43 (1109) - 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.
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredible fruity aroma of apricots doused in sugar. Has a foamy head and golden amber color. Rich sweet caramel malt flavor. Yum. Love this beer.
joelfaber (37) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Poured amber with very little foam. Aroma shows the high alcohol content with some citrus too. Taste like dried dates, vanilla and a hint of licorice. A tangy flavour lingers for a while. Medium body, not sticky like I was expecting. Very good.
MarinEvelyn (799) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hops, date. Taste is bold, dry, hoppy finish. Decent amount of alcohol, malty, fruity, caramel, some spices. Took me a while to distinguish everything, decent beer.
beerbaaron (1938) - Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 10/27/14 - fresh. Pours deep fiery orange amber with a creamy blanket of beige foam. Beautiful, complex aroma immediately shouts quality barley wine. Malty and fruity. Balanced leaning towards sweet. Caramel, citrus, vanilla, spice, dark fruit (esp figs), moderate alcohol. Full body. Creamy. High alcohol on the palate and in flavor. Certainly warming. The alcohol seemed to lead the flavor here, drowning things out a little for me. Some patience with this would be rewarded down the road I think.
wxman (1736) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a Hazy brown with a full white head. You even get plenty of lace on the glass, which surprises with the high ABV. Smokey bourbon aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, scotch whiskey, rock candy, and toast. This is really busy, but well balanced and excellent.
hfmejias (1266) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours clear, copper, small off white head and not real lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, some grain, caramel, quite earthy (nice). Taste, is sweet, certainly fruity, malty, for such a high ABV the booze is well hidden. Nice brew, a sipper, but nonetheless very enjoyable.
FestDecBeet (412) - - NOV 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: pours an amber color. Off white head. Slight cloudiness.
Smell: alcohol. Toffee sweetness. Vanilla.
Taste: heavy alcohol burn. Dark Fruity sweetness. Apples. Bread. Not overly hop flavored.
Feel: very thick mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Slight dryness makes you want another sip.
Overall: great beer. Would love to see what a year or more does to it.
First drank: home 11/23/14, 2014 vintage
slowrunner77 (9940) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"VERY smooth. you can taste the dates and figs in the malty sweetness. almost no hops to speak of, and therefore not a very well balanced beer. More for the english style fans than west coast. strong, but smooth, as the 15% abv warms your belly. 11/11-pretty hot eight out of the gate, but nice already and ages very very well. 2013 even hotter. Their really good big bears seem to be going downhill."
JCollinsJr (2) - - OCT 10, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light honey brown, in keeping with one of the predominant flavors of this excellent beer. Fig and candied fruit (apricot in particular) are at the fore, along with the malt and aforementioned honey. I detect just enough hops to cut the sweetness. There is a thin white head, with almost no retention. I had this on tap in a stemmed glass in Kentucky. Would love to find a bottle to cellar for a year or so. Send some south, DFH!