Bricks (578) - Delaware, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Quite a bit of hops in the taste, along with bourbon-like/oak taste taking over. Reminded slightly of Arrogant Bastard. A little overrated IMO.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy brown with little to no head at all. Aroma is caramel malts, brown sugar, dry fruits and vanilla. Flavor is not quite what I was expecting from the aroma. light caramel malts, wood and brown sugar. Light bodied with little to no carbonation.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very sweet overall, even in the aroma. Some toasted flavors and a bit of bitterness are hidden in the flavor. Overall, however, it’s pretty damn sweet and is kind of a mess, though it still is tasty.
cgarvieuk (13920) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting ... dark amber ... thin white head ... soft sweet fruity tofee malt nose ... barley wine soft toffeee... sweet vanilla ... little rough
Aurelius (4028) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
No way, no bleeping way that this is a 98%ile beer. AIPA aroma. Deep clear bronze. Filmy head. Too sweet. Way too sweet. Bittering was off kilter. Orange baby aspirin flavors. Amateurish.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler at Mike’s place: Deep copper color with a tan film of head. Grainy and buttery aroma. The hops are faded and dank with evident diacetyl formation. Slick and very buttery body as well. Lots of diacetyl presence fades the hops that are there. Butterscotch and subdued grains. Eh.
Braudog (5574) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured a muddy brown color. The initial buzz of a head quickly quit, but what was left was a virtual latticework along the outside of the glass. The initial aroma is light but vaguely sugary; this drinks with a biting edge, but a definitive doughiness. (#4202, 8/14/2011)
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ Bowie location. Light brown color w/no head. Strong alcohol aroma. I was dissapointed in this one, just way too rough for me. Just tasted like alcohol, like doing a shot of whiskey. No sweetness, nothing to balance out the high alcohol flavor. I’ve heard a lot of people rave @ this, & maybe it gets better w/age-I hope so since I have a bottle ageing, but I couldn’t even finish it. Just too hot for me.
hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like candy. Some jackass is smoking next to me so it also smells terrible. My hands are cold as I am outside. Initial sweet taste, a bit bitter, but it cleverly disguises the alcohol. Not bad, but not as good as you guys think it is. Teenie glass is a cute gimmick.
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No aroma. Crystal clear copper, thin yellow head, some lacing. Full bodied and bitter. Horehound dominates with plum skins in the end. Dried leaves are also present. Quite a rustic and robust barleywine. Very bitter, but enough sweetness to make it pleasant. Not really my cup of tea though. I love a good rustic brown ale, but I prefer barleywines and pale ales with more of a citrusy character.