BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured a muddled reddish-amber color with a moderate off-white head that faded to a layer. Aroma of sweet caramel, brown sugar, candied fruit, fig, plum, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Smooth, sweet entry with hints of caramel and brown sugar paired with a sweet fruitiness including plum, red apple, and red grape that are paired with a bourbon spiciness that lingers into the finish where it is paired with a softer vanilla flavor that dries the palate slightly. Low carbonation and slick, smooth mouth feel. Overall, it was lacking some refinement, but the intensity of the flavors present was pretty impressive. Some working at melding the flavors more seamlessly would really push this beer up the ladder.
ajnepple (1463) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Equinox. Reddish-brown with an off-white head. Caramelized malt aroma, dark fruit. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. I enjoyed this one.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 500ml bottle purchased at Supermarket Liquors. pours a deep red with orange highlights and a thin to no head... very low carbonation. sweet dark fruits and caramel across the nose. med to full body with brown sugar notes, dark fruits, caramel malts, light citrus bitterness and warming spices. sweet finish with big dark fruit layers along with a subtle citrus undertone... and a bit of alcohol warmth.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Jeff for sending a 500ml bottle of this my way! Strange to see how few ratings there are, as everything about this beer - from the slightly dissolute label to the seriously mellowed aroma and flavors - screamed aging to me. Regardless, these were the qualities that stood out. It was a translucent caramel brown color, understated carbonation, and a serious MALT BOMB that went down pretty nicely on one of the colder evenings this past winter. A bit too syrupy and boozy in places, but I know some dig it like that.
arminjewell (5588) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy red with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toasted and roasted malts, touch of dark fruit, deep fruity notes, hints of a slight oaky note. Taste is a mix of slight oak, right into sweet dark fruits, caramel and toffee notes, touch of biscuit and grass, finishing fairly sweet.
Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Hops and pie poured a hazy brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, tobacco and light woodiness. Palkate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, carmel, tobacco and a hint of woodiness with a smooth dry lingering malty finish.
Camons (4838) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Equinox taproom. A stop on grand tour of Fort Collins breweries and bars with Tim, Aaron and Armin, Thanks !! Pours deep amber with a small offwhite hehead. Aroma of sweet malt, toast, toasted caramel, dried fruit, alcohol, oak. Taste is sweet with malt, caramel, toast, dried fruit,oak, light spicy, boozy. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, alcoholic finish. 250212
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a translucent, garnet color with an average, off-white, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some frothy lace. The nose is fairly simple and bland for a big winter beer; plenty of alcohol, raisin bread notes, light dried apricots, and some toasty caramel. The flavor is mildly better with a slight roast addition, still died fruit of apricots and raisins, some toasty caramel, a faint vanilla note, and some earthy resinous bitterness. The palate is syrupy, less than lively, medium to full, and warming. The finish is still warm with some bready notes, raisin still, resinous notes bring some bitterness, and toasty caramel lingering. A fairly pedestrian BW with the flabby, syrupy palate. The warming has not yet become complementary to the beer, and it may not. The simplicity is notable for a 10% winter BW. By no means an undrinkable beer but really not enjoyable. My first from this brewer and I am not overly impressed.
notalush (4586) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2011 Tap at Equnox - hazy amber - the cab and bourbon barrels dominate this one - a lot of spicy oak, vanilla, mild vinous qualities - but instead of adding nuance, they make things messy - yeast profile is doughy - a lot of sharp esters - seriously strong, astringent alcohol - inelegant and hard to drink.
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9oz bottle. Pours a murky light brown with a small frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film.
The aroma is sweet caramel malts and molasses with some dark fruit and some vanilla and alcohol.
The flavor is sweet caramel and molasses and dark fruit with a lot of bitter charred alcohol in the finish. There’s a lot of warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with almost no carbonation - a little watery.
Overall, a nice big barley wine. It was better on tap than in the bottle. I remember it having more carbonation and less of a charred bitterness. A bit too much noticeable alcohol for me too.