Hair6a11 (1470) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is fairly clear mahogany with a modest, fine bubbled, off white head in this glass; retention is fairly poor, honestly - leading to a ring and light spotting. The nose is nice, overall - barrel treatment comes through fairly heavily , with some earthy vanilla notes present here - moving to toffee and dark fruits, really, while revealing a hint of booze that is slightly off putting. The flavor profile reveals a fairly thin base beer as far as the mouthfeel goes; its assertively sweet (caramel, toffee, vanilla), while moving to dark fruits, toasted breads, modest bitter hop notes, with a tingling sensation from the booze here ; this one , i feel, could use a bit of age. I enjoyed it, overall.
Cavalier92 (4) - Moorestown, USA - SEP 5, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap in Philly Dark amber with off white head and no lace. Bourbon nose with a bit of cereal. Mouthfeel is a little thin for all the malt, toffee and boutbon flavors. No heat, hides the alcohol
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear, burnt copper, red orange, with rapidly settling, coarse off white head. No lacing. Aroma is oaky, sweet, alcohol, malty, nice barrel quality. Flavor is caramel, toffee, malt, with strong barrel overtones. Oaky, vanilla, sweet alcohol, caramel, finish. Soft carbonation, medium body. Very good.
fluffy (2304) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
if you are going to do a FW barleywine, stick to the Sucaba. this one pales in comparison. still good, but not nearly as complex.
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in a snifter at Flanny’s. Sweet, refined bourbon aroma (not an overpowering booziness like many barrel-aged brews) with a touch of charred oak and tannins and an almost sweet red wine/port punchiness on the back end. Deep, clear mahogany in color with a faint cream-colored head. Sweet bourbon (again, without a ton of heat) and resiny caramel dominate the taste with some toffee, burnt brown sugar, and a bit of earthy hoppiness and dark fruit before a sweet finish somewhat reminiscent of balsamic vinegar. The booziness grows a bit toward the end, but it’s a pleasant heat that complements the other tones. Rich, resiny texture with a sweet, brief finish. A deserved addition to the great lineup of Firestone Walker’s Proprietors Reserve series.
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewdog Birmingham; dark amber pour with small bubbly head, frightful big alcohol aroma, taste is sweet caramel hoppy bitter a minimal amount of hop but excellent stuff.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(On tap @ Hollindshead’s 50th ann. party)This is REALLY good.Nice flavor from the barrel aging,yet very smooth and flavorful.The best beer I had at the party.
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bomber into a snifter with the chill from refrigeration removed.
The smell of booze & sweet love coming from is beverage is remarkable.
They nailed this beverage with everything it is supposed to be. Sweet caramel dark fruity boozy love in everyway.
Absolutely couldn’t wait for my 6 bottles to arrive & so frakin’ glad I have 5 more to sip.
aaronh2012 (92) - Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong malty aroma, balanced sweetness and bitterness, high level of carbonation.
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light brown pour, insignificant head, sweet malt and carmel aroma with hints of dried fruit. Taste is balance of malt, but not really sweet, and hop bitterness, which is also not overdone. Some barrel and dried fruit flavors in there, but they are not pronounced, and there is nothing very complex or very interesting to me in this. The alcohol is pretty strong in this, and somehow it doesn’t work for me. This is decent but it’s not compelling, especially for the price, and I would expect more from barrel aging. This might age well if it could get some focus or complexity, but I suspect it will just get drier and less interesting over time. Not one I need to try again.