solidfunk (6480) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012. Pours ruby clear with great head of foam and good lacing. Aroma of hops, caramelized malt and some prune and dark fruits. Booze as well in finish. Soft carbonation. Finishes bittersweet. Well-balanced and well done overall. Texture thick but not too syrupy. Bottle from Cook Street.
maxwelldeux (4269) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a bottle share. Pours a reddish amber color with a slightish head. Nose has a slight bourbon tinge to it. Taste is a bit malty and quite smooth. Not bad.
Lazerlobe (37) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge barleywine full of dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Drinking amazing right now with ~1 year on it.
mcberko (11172) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2013 Sampled the first time on cask from ’09 at GCBF ’10, then many bottles since. Pours orangey amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of orange peel, hops, caramel / toffee, and dried fruits (apricot, cherry). Flavour of dark dried fruits, caramel, and a heavy alcoholic kick at the end. Quite a complex palate and a nice slow sipping treat.
LarryBeast (611) - - JAN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle, 2013 vintage. A little more rugged, a little less ready than Driftwood’s Old Barrel Dweller. Still incredible -- and I’ve heard it ages well (I haven’t the patience to find out). Love it now.
XaenDovet (1260) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Bottle share of 2010 release. Thanks to Tristan. Thick cloudy amber. Pure malt aroma. Caramel, apricot, and spices. Taste is the same. Great balance.
Bomber of 2013: clear yellow gold with minimal cap. Aroma of peaches, rye, bubble gum, caramel. Taste is sweet and bitter. Medium carbonation, and dry finish.
pushkinwow (2432) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from 2008. Clear but dark mahogany with a dark creamy head that fades to a nice layer. Had to let it sit for a while to open up as at first it was a little odd. Quite hoppy with nice resin, dry, some alcohol, nice maltiness, some dried toffee; moderate to full body, moderate carbonation, bit sweet with a nice hopiness, becomes dry. Didn’t think much of this to begin with but its actually quite good with some time in the cellar and some time to open up.
Steasy66 (1103) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Dark brown. Big caramel malt aroma. Big caramel flavor, toffee. Has a bit of a bite, pretty hot and young.
jstraw (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper-caramel with fair, creamy, beige head / Rich, sweet nose of caramel, brown sugar, pine, and citrus / Full body, sweet and chewy, somewhat sticky, with good balance and hot, bitter finish, but still not enough to stand up to 14% abv (which strikes me as unnecessary / Somewhat winey, perfumey flavors of orange peel, caramel, burnt sugar, pine, and grapefruit / This is potentially terrific if the alcohol were toned down.
Gerbeer (2681) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2015 650 ml bottle.
2011 vintage: Pours a clear garnet red/brown with no head. Strong aromas of roasted malts, caramel, and alcohol. Sweet and bitter. Flavors of toffee, orange peel, malts and pine. Hot. Big alcohol kick. Can keep in the cellar for some time longer...
2013 vintage: Pours a clear copper with light head. Aromas of pine, toffee and alcohol. Flavors are same; a hop bomb this year but will some caramel malts in the background. Hot. Got to say I liked the previous years better as there is nothing much in the 2013 to distinguish from other’s DIPAs.
2014 vintage sampled in 2014: Pours a clear dark copper with moderate head that settles quickly. Aromas of grassy hops, oranges, and alcohol. Flavors of dried oranges, varnish, sweet malts, and a little spice. And lots of alcohol. Rough but that’s usual.
2015 vintage sampled in 2015: Pours a clear orange amber with light head. Aromas of evergreeens, resin, and dried tangerines. Flavors of pine, lots of pine, toasted malts, resin, and white pepper.