nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a bottle opened by rustychiles -- thanks, man! Purty label, for sure. Pours a dark amber color with a trim beige head. Smells like a combination of Wooden Hell and Ovation. Very inviting, but the flavor does not follow through. Tastes faintly of hops, yeast, caramel, and candy sugar. The alcohol is well masqued, but the flavor is tame. However, I must note that this was consumed next to a number of epic beers.
olr1984 (701) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 750ml bottle purple wax bottle pours a dark brown with zero head big complex flavors. caramel really sticks out
ReggieDunlap (2766) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Yellow wax...Pours amber/ruby with no head. Aroma has slightly boozy notes of candied fruit and earthy/woodiness. Flavor is slightly oxidized but not too much...nice candied fruit and earthy hops/woodiness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and the finish is warming. Shame its oxidized.
jbeatty (842) - New York, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle, shared with Mac, 09/22/2013. Pours muddy reddish brown, light creamy head rests on the surface, thin ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma is sweet apple caramel, dried golden raisin, soft hoppy pine, dark bready toffee, hint of roast and chocolate to balance. Taste is sweet caramel, light fruit and raisin, chocolate toffee, pleasant hop bite with lingering bitterness. Medium thick body, smooth, fairly drinkable even this fresh. Great barley wine.
Advocate_Ames (314) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a dissipating soapy head that becomes fine. The aroma is of sweet carmel malts, butter toffee, booze, fruit and spice notes from the hops. In the flavor I noticed the sweet carmel malts, butter taste, bitterness, and booze. The finish was of malts, booze, bitterness, and a nice dryness. Overall this hit my palate but did so pleasantly.
adamjackson (1733) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Golden amber with a 2 finger creamy red head. Resilient head, doesnít fade.
S - Smells like a copper penny with a nice level of American hops. I get a little cardboard and caramel
T - Damn. Overall, itís a nice tasting beer with a nice healthy happiness, maltiness and bitterness throughout. But the copper penny ruins it completely.
M - Medium body, not much carbonation. bitter finish
O - Overall, Iím pretty disappointed.
AirForceHops (2340) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. 2009 vintage blue wax top. Clear crimson red with big soapy head. Nose is old hops, caramel malts, chocolate notes with a slight off note. Flavor is sweet up front with a metallic / copper taste. Oxidized notes... Big oxidized notes, with sweet caramel. Ummm, boy this was a big disappointment.
ryanfolty (1671) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 3, 2013 - bottle shared by Joe. Orangish brown pour. Indigo wax so this was the 2010 batch. Aroma and taste of caramel and dark fruit. Alcohol was well hidden and this drank very smooth.
jmagnus87 (2027) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. Not sure who brought this one but thanks. Wow, the alcohol is dangerously hidden. Slightly fruity and slightly bitter with a huge malt backbone. Pretty sure i could drink thos everyday.
Ernesto987 (3009) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 vintage, sweet and delicious, dry finish, caramel and complex love it.
madvike (2372) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 bottle shared by cptnspeed1...thanks Brad! - Pours rosy amber with a thin tan head. Pretty hot nose, with a big malty sweetness. Taste has a little sweet maltiness, dark bread, and light buttery notes. Itís bitter, with a lightly grassy finish. Thick and slick in the mouth, with very little carbonation. Interesting, and very little trace of the heat, but this wasnít as good as I had hoped.