onceblind (4843) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark copperish amber with a persistent small foamy off-white head. Nose has some raisin and sweet earthy roasted caramel, some toast, a bit of boozy stone fruit, and sherry. The flavor is big and bold, with raisin and boozy copper/caramel flavors, sherry, toast, and a touch of earthiness on the finish. Unfortunately there’s a touch of a medicinal tone on the finish. But otherwise pretty tasty.
wade1point0 (69) - Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has less of the buttery taste I usually associate with barley wines but it has a little more carbonation as well. Hits the palate fairly evenly.
gmellison (426) - Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the denver tap room. Aroma is oak, dark fruits, and whiskey. Flavor is spices, fruit, with a dry boozy finish.
crossovert (8350) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasted grain and burnt caramel smell. It is quite hoppy, slight bit of off flavor, then waves of burnt sugar. Very atringent. I like it, has a bit of off flavor that mellows but after that its nice.
BrettTaylor (590) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured as a taster at Denver taproom. toffee caramel malt on nose, lot of dark malt notes on palate, lots of alcohol, long finish, need some sweetness to balance the bitterness. Not as complex as I had hoped for.
arkurzynski (1634) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, deep garnet pour. Big raisin, and toasted malt, nearing roasted malt with dank citrus pine hops. Toasted nut, burnt biscuit, tobacco, and booze. Flavor is rum soaked raisin, bitter citrus rind, toasted/candied malt, and faint roasted malt. Residual burnt toast and mild dark fruit. Big and moderately boozy. Very interesting take on the American barley wine style. Dig the toasty/roasty elements. Good base beer candidate for barrel aging IMO.
alexanderj (3350) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; poured a muddy auburn type color with an off white to khaki head. Aroma of pine, caramel, earth, dark fruit and some vanilla/wood. Slightly sweet, caramel, cookies and fruit; earthy and piney. Good stuff
arminjewell (7037) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cocoa, lots of caramel, molasses, hints of earth, slight red fruits in there as well, hints of grass. Taste is a mix of grass, spice, hints of dark fruit, chocolate, touch of nuts, caramel, toffee, finishing sweet. Pretty nice.
ajnepple (2822) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Colorado Plus. Malty, strong and sweet with caramel and light chocolate balanced by earthy, piney, light bitter hops. Medium bodied with a crisp, soft feel and a dry, lingering finish.
GriffDaddy (80) - - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a surprisingly satisfying beer. Dark red pour, almost no head. Heavy fruit aroma, a hard sweet with some concentrated fruit. Tasted like it smelled, very sweet on the front end and bitter the rest of the way. A long, honey/concentrated fig-plummy taste, thick and sweet. Viscous and satisfying, yet, all Stills and Nash, not nearly enough Crosby balance. Still, a very, very good and satisfying beer.
Would I drink again? absolutely yes.
Would I order again? yes.